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By Lauren Williams | December 20, 2011
A divorced couple has been convicted of failing to pay taxes on more than $180 million in income from their Costa Mesa business that failed to complete multimillion-dollar projects. Richard and Jolene Engel pleaded guilty Friday to charges that they did not provide tax returns for their power plant refurbishing business, Powerplant Maintenance Specialists, Inc., prosecutors said. Jolene Engel served as the company president. Richard Engel, who served as the chief financial officer, faced additional charges for not filing personal tax returns, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a news release.
NEWS
January 25, 2014
Irvine Valley College will host a free income tax preparation session Saturday. People or families can get help putting together their taxes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Business Sciences Technology and Innovation Center on campus at 5500 Irvine Center Dr. Anyone who wants help should bring ID, income statements and copies of 2013 tax returns. The event kicks off a string of help sessions throughout Orange County offering free advice for taxpayers. Board of Equalization Vice Chair Michelle Steel, Orange County United Way, and Irvine Valley College are sponsoring the events.
NEWS
January 9, 2004
Makes more sense to embrace Mexico President Bush stated that there are just some jobs that United States citizens do not want to perform. It is speculated that 25% of Mexico's work force is laboring in the United States. It is also said that the major part of the Mexican gross national product and economy is the U.S. dollars sent home by illegals. Perhaps Mexico would make a better 51st state than a troublesome alien nation. However, I doubt that Mexican President Vicente Fox would care for the idea.
NEWS
January 29, 2008
The Orange County United Way will run 30 tax preparation sites throughout the county this February, offering families and individuals who qualify for an Earned Income Tax Credit some help in reaping the program’s benefits. The Earned Income Tax Credit, the government’s largest cash assistance program, helps lift more families out of poverty than any other program, spokeswoman Kristin Bush said. Some families receive as much as $4,716 back, though only individuals earning less than $12,590 and families earning less than $39,783 qualify.
LOCAL
February 19, 2010
Newport Beach resident Jolene Engel, who faces charges of not reporting millions of dollars on her tax returns, was in court Friday morning, but the judge was absent because of a death in his family. After Engel failed to show up in court Tuesday, Judge William R. Froeberg ordered the 59-year-old to be present Friday; otherwise, he said, a warrant for her arrest would be issued. Engel’s court date was rescheduled to 8:30 a.m. March 5 in Room C40 at the Santa Ana Court House.
NEWS
By Keith Curry | February 4, 2014
I had three separate experiences recently that reinforced just how bad things are for business owners in California. A letter to one of my previous campaign supporters came back, and when I followed up with email, I learned that this pizza restaurant owner had moved the business to Texas. The California tax and regulatory burden had simply become more than this person was willing to handle. This person had been a leader in the community, organizing girls lacrosse leagues and youth sports programs throughout the city.
NEWS
September 19, 2002
June Casagrande A new program could make it a little easier for some people to become homeowners in the city, but only a handful of units would qualify. The City Council on Tuesday will consider whether to join a joint powers authority designed to create homeownership opportunities for moderate-income and slightly above moderate-income residents. And though only about 45 homes in the city, most of them condominiums, fall below the $309,750 price ceiling, council members at a study session last week agreed it's worth considering.
NEWS
By David Pearse | May 13, 2010
In response to Jamshed H. Dastur’s column about the loss of the middle class (Sounding Off: “America weaker with loss of the middle class,” May 5): Though Dastur claims American companies take jobs overseas, the American economy remained at full employment right up to the housing meltdown. So no matter how many jobs were outsourced, there were still plenty of jobs for anyone who wanted to work. Dastur says American corporations “pay little or no taxes.
NEWS
March 20, 2008
GOP lawmakers in the Assembly last week blocked a proposal to tax oil companies to give the state some ground on its multibillion-dollar deficit. Critics called it a publicity stunt to pressure Republicans on their anti-tax pledge while layoff notices go out to thousands of educators. Others argued California is the only state that doesn’t levy the so-called extraction tax and that something must be done to stave off deep cuts in the classrooms. What’s your position on this proposal, and why?
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By Keith Curry | February 4, 2014
I had three separate experiences recently that reinforced just how bad things are for business owners in California. A letter to one of my previous campaign supporters came back, and when I followed up with email, I learned that this pizza restaurant owner had moved the business to Texas. The California tax and regulatory burden had simply become more than this person was willing to handle. This person had been a leader in the community, organizing girls lacrosse leagues and youth sports programs throughout the city.
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NEWS
January 25, 2014
Irvine Valley College will host a free income tax preparation session Saturday. People or families can get help putting together their taxes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Business Sciences Technology and Innovation Center on campus at 5500 Irvine Center Dr. Anyone who wants help should bring ID, income statements and copies of 2013 tax returns. The event kicks off a string of help sessions throughout Orange County offering free advice for taxpayers. Board of Equalization Vice Chair Michelle Steel, Orange County United Way, and Irvine Valley College are sponsoring the events.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 23, 2013
Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary celebration has so far cost close to $400,000, significantly more than the initial $315,000 estimate to produce the event, according to a year's worth of public records reviewed by the Daily Pilot. The total cost - before revenue - appears to be nearly triple the $125,000 the City Council authorized in public funds for the three-day, summertime party. But the event also produced income in the form of ticket and concession sales, sponsorships and outside grants, so the true cost to taxpayers will probably remain unclear until an expected city audit is released early next year.
NEWS
November 4, 2013
"Make no mistake: The cost of our healthcare is a threat to our economy. It's an escalating burden on our families and businesses. It's a ticking time bomb for the federal budget. And it is unsustainable for the United States of America. " This was spoken by President Obama on June 15, 2009, at the annual conference of the American Medical Assn., and he was right on. The healthcare system of the United States is broken. The big question is why? A big contributor to the problem is that most medical services are paid for by parties other than the individual receiving care.
SPORTS
August 7, 2013
Newport Harbor High senior-to-be Connor Seabold has verbally committed to the Cal State Fullerton baseball program, Sailors Coach Patrick Murphy said on Facebook on Monday. Seabold is the first of two Newport Harbor pitchers to commit to colleges before their senior year. The other is Shaun Vetrovec, who went with UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton's Big West Conference rival. Seabold garnered second-team All-Sunset League and Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team honors as a junior.
SPORTS
August 7, 2013
Corona del Mar High standout outside hitter Hayley Hodson helped the U.S. girls' youth national volleyball team make history on Sunday. The Americans won the silver medal at the FIVB Volleyball U-18 World Championships in Thailand, marking the first time a U.S. team medaled at the world championships on the youth or junior level. The U.S. lost the gold medal match to China, which swept, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23. "China was certainly the better team today," U.S. Coach Jim Stone said in a press release.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | August 4, 2013
COSTA MESA - When Andrew Levitt saw his ball about 20 feet out, on the fringe, on No. 2 at Los Lagos, he was thinking two putts could maybe give him victory in the 41st Costa Mesa City Championship. But then Ricky Owaki chipped to within three feet of the cup on the par-5, 537-yard hole, setting up for a cinch birdie at Costa Mesa Country Club. So Levitt targeted an eagle to end Sunday's dramatic playoff. He made it look so easy and left a sizable gallery, as well as Owaki, impressed with his ability to finish.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | August 3, 2013
COSTA MESA - Shortly after shooting a sensational round, Ricky Owaki took out his phone to take a photo of his score on the board at Costa Mesa Country Club Saturday. Owaki, 21, then posted his picture on Twitter. "Club house leader for now … #7under #lessgo," Owaki wrote with the photo. Owaki, who shot a seven-under-par 63 on Mesa Linda, hopes to take another photo Sunday, posing with the hardware for winning the 41st annual Costa Mesa City Championship at Costa Mesa Country Club.
SPORTS
August 1, 2013
Tim Hanson, a Corona del Mar High student, played a big role in the Irvine-based Aquazot Swim Club breaking the 13-14 boys' national age-group record in the 400-yard medley relay at the Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics meet in Riverside last weekend. Hanson, 14, who will be a sophomore, joined Andrew Knoell, Matthew Lee and Sean Messer in recording a time of 4 minutes, 5.87 seconds, breaking the mark of 4:06.98. The previous mark was set twice, first by the Irvine Novaquatics in 1998 and then by the Nova of Virginia Aquatics in 2004.
SPORTS
June 12, 2013
Costa Mesa High's baseball program is having a free camp for incoming freshmen who plan to attend the school in the fall and are interested in playing baseball. The camp runs from June 24 through July 3, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon, on the Costa Mesa junior varsity field. For more information, contact Coach Paul Grady at coachgrady@sbcglobal.net . - From staff reports
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