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KSBR News Briefs on Wednesday, April 18, 2018


More Time to File Taxes

Americans are getting an extra day to file their taxes after key elements of the Internal Revenue Service website crashed on deadline day.

The IRS says individuals or businesses with a filing or payment due yesterday now have until midnight tonight to complete the task.

Earlier yesterday, Americans who had waited until the final day to file online got an unwelcome surprise: The agency's website for making payments and gaining access to other key services was down due to what Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin later described as a "high-volume technical issue."

The website was back online late yesterday.


San Diego County backs Trump's 'sanctuary' lawsuit

Leaders of our state’s second-largest county voted to officially support the Trump administration's lawsuit against our state's so-called sanctuary law that limits police cooperation with federal immigration agents.

The decision by San Diego County's all-Republican Board of Supervisors comes in the midst of growing conservative backlash in our state against the Democratic governor's stance on immigration enforcement.

The region of 3 million residents that borders Mexico joins neighboring Orange County and at least nine other Orange County cities that have passed anti-sanctuary resolutions or voted to support the lawsuit filed last month by President Trump's administration.

Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar says the board voted 3-1, with one member absent. It pledged to file an amicus brief supporting the federal lawsuit at the first available opportunity. She expects the Trump administration to win and our state to appeal, at which point the county would be allowed to file its brief.

The board made the decision in closed session after hearing 45 minutes of public comment. Most of the more than two dozen speakers urged the supervisors not to support the lawsuit.


Trump bashes California on border mission, Brown sees a deal

President Trump has slammed our Gov. Brown's posture on sending National Guard troops to the Mexican border even as Brown said he was nearing agreement on joining the president's mission.

The volley of words came a day after federal officials said Brown rejected a proposal for the California Guard's specific border duties, a characterization that state officials disputed.

Trump said in a tweet "Looks like Jerry Brown and California aren’t looking for safety and security along their very porous Border. He can’t come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border."

Brown's office responded with a tweet reiterating its public stance that nothing has changed since the governor pledged 400 troops last week and that the state was waiting on a response to proposed contract that would include a ban on any activities related to immigration enforcement.

The Democratic governor said California was "pretty close" to an agreement with the administration to join the nation's three other Mexican border states — Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — for the Guard's third large-scale border deployment since 2006.


Geico ordered to pay $23M to Southern California motorist

A jury has decided Geico Insurance must pay a Southern California man nearly $23 million in compensation and damages after the company unreasonably delayed paying out on a $400,000 damage claim.

The injured driver, Omar Dauod, maintains the delayed payment cost him his business and forced him to sell two homes at a loss.

The Orange County Register reports the case stems from a 2009 accident. The other driver was at fault but his insurance was limited to $100,000 — prompting Dauod to file a claim with his own insurance, Geico.

Geico finally paid in December 2013 after an arbitration judge ruled in Dauod's favor. He then sued the company alleging they mishandled his claim.

Geico's attorneys didn't return calls from the newspaper seeking comment on the verdict.


Internet Taxes

Maybe the Supreme Court justices like the idea of us being able to buy items tax-free on the internet. The high court heard arguments yesterday in a case that deals with how businesses collect sales tax on online purchases at sites such as Amazon.com. And the questions the justices asked during arguments indicate they may be skeptical about making changes to the system. Under current laws, if a business is shipping a product to a state where it has no office or other outpost, it doesn't have to collect sales tax. Customers are supposed to pay the taxes on their own, but hardly anyone does. More than 40 states have asked the Supreme Court to abandon its current state sales tax collection rule, saying they continuing to miss out on tax revenue as internet shopping becomes ever more prevalent.

A decision on the case is expected by the end of June.


Ladera Ranch 

The Ladera Ranch Civic Council has a goal of getting its 100-plus neighborhoods signed up for a Neighborhood Watch program.

Council Chair Stephanie Ramsey says this announcement was made as the Council held its annual public safety meeting.

She says Ladera Ranch Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Jennifer Powers explained its takes less than 15 minutes to sign up and there’s no major time commitment required.

Ramsey says Ladera Ranch has 11 Neighborhood Watches established.

She says they’re beneficial because they enable residents to connect and keep an eye on what’s occurring in their area. And the Orange County Sheriff's Department partners with them as an extra layer of safety. 


Earth Day at Prima Deshecha Landfill 

OC Waste and Recycling is hosting an Earth Day Open House and Environmental Fair Saturday at the Prima Deschecha Landfill in San Juan Capistrano.

Education Outreach Manager Mary Beth Anderson says at least 20 environmentally friendly booths will be set up between ten in the morning and two in the afternoon. The booths may have giveaways as well as activities.

She says tours of the landfill will also be given every five to ten minutes in vans that can carry up to 12 people.

Anderson recommends wearing protective shoes at Saturday’s event.

The landfill is located at 32250 Avenida La Pata, in San Juan Capistrano.

More information is available on-line at www.OCLandfills.com