Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. In 1999, at the age of 26, Padilla was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the same east San Fernando Valley community where he grew up.  In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, becoming the youngest member and the first Latino to serve in this capacity. As Council President, Padilla provided citywide leadership at critical times. He was Acting Mayor during the tragedy of September 11, 2001. In 2005, Padilla was elected President of the League of California Cities.  He advocated on behalf of California cities in the State Capitol and fought to protect their budgets and advance their legislative priorities. To address the growing rates of obesity and diabetes, Padilla authored the law that made California the first state in the nation to require chain restaurants to post calorie information directly on menus and menu boards.  "Menu labeling" was later included in the Affordable Care Act and is now national policy.
Padilla also authored California's first smoke free housing law and fought to increase enforcement and penalties for the illegal sale of tobacco to minors.  He also established a sustainable funding source for pediatric trauma care throughout the state.
With the potential to create 20,000 jobs, Padilla authored key legislation to facilitate the construction of a new convention center and carbon-neutral sports stadium in downtown Los Angeles.  With the goal of modernizing and better managing freight and passenger rail between San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo, he wrote the law to establish a joint powers authority to better govern the nation's second busiest rail corridor.
Padilla previously served as President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), a non-partisan organization made up of more than 6,000 federal, state, and local officials dedicated to all aspects of civic engagement. The mailings from the “Maine Council for Corporations” include an official-looking document titled “2015 – Annual Records Solicitation Form” and instructions for completing the form. The form provided in this mailing is not an official annual report and will not be accepted as an annual report if submitted to the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions.
The Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions posted an alert last year about similar solicitations to Maine corporations from Corporate Records Service, whose address is identical to the address for Maine Council for Corporations.
Any corporation that has questions about the solicitation or form is encouraged to obtain advice from its lawyer or business advisor.
We’ve been advised by National Grange that prices for these are increasing as of January 2015. Please look over the Distinguished Grange applications as the June 30 is the last day for this year’s application.  The application year runs from July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014. Finally, I do want to congratulate those grange members who were honored for volunteerism in their communities at the annual Spirit of America event. Whenever officers change, especially the treasurer or the secretary, an audit should be done as soon as possible before the new officer takes charge of the books. AUGUSTA – Numerous Maine corporations have received mailings recently from a business operating under the name Corporate Records Service, whose address is usually listed as 125 Western Ave. The solicitation correctly states that Corporate Records Services is not a government agency. The form provided by Corporate Records Service is not an official annual report and will not be accepted as an annual report if submitted to the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions. Please contact the Division of Corporations at (207) 624-7752 should you have any further questions or concerns regarding these solicitations. We’ve had some questions recently about seals and some Grange folks have contributed some answers.
Steve Verrill tells us that when his grandmother was secretary she sealed every receipt she wrote!
Many thanks to Overseer Vicky Huff for passing this press release from the Secretary of State along… Don’t fall for it! The Secretary of State’s office has received calls regarding the legitimacy of solicitations that are being mailed to numerous Maine corporations from a company named Corporate Records Service. These solicitations also include statute citations regarding corporate records and annual meetings. Please contact the Division of Corporations at 207-624-7752 should you have any questions or concerns regarding these solicitations. Please pass this info along to Granges that may not be signed up to receive post from the Maine State Grange website.

The Quarterly Reports are coming in fast and furious and I thank all subordinate secretaries for diligently getting them in as quickly as you did.
I would like all secretaries to take the time to carefully look over the membership list for your grange. Due to the fact that the National Grange requires all requests for membership recognition on the proper form and the grange seal I must inform you that I will not be able to take any requests for the recognitions from National Grange over the internet.
Thank you for being patient and please call if you have any questions or concerns regarding any matter relating to your grange membership. Special NoteThe views and opinions expressed in contributed articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Grange. Did Taylor Swift Urge Selena Gomez To Ditch Justin Bieber And Go After Katy Perry’s Man?
Even as Dianna Duran resigns from her government position as New Mexico’s Secretary of State, more information has come out about her crimes, which include embezzlement of campaign funds in order to pay off gambling debts.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, a famous megachurch pastor in Singapore was found guilty of embezzling church money to pay for his wife to become a Christian music pop star. According to KOB, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office originally considered Dianna Duran guilty of 65 counts of various crimes, including embezzlement, money laundering, and identity theft. The judge in the case has yet to decided if he will impose jail time, so it is possible the plea deal will be withdrawn. As Dianna Duran resigns from her position, Attorney General Hector Balderas has released a statement. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights. As chair, he shepherded legislation to combat climate change and create a greener and more sustainable economy.  He pursued an ambitious agenda in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and broadband deployment.
He was reelected in 2010.  Over the course of eight years, Padilla established a diverse and groundbreaking legislative record. The Solicitation Form includes an offer from the Maine Council for Corporations to prepare “corporate consent records in lieu of meeting minutes” for a fee of $125. Although the solicitation correctly states that Maine Council for Corporations is not a government agency, some corporations have confused the Solicitation Form for the CEC’s prescribed annual report. Additionally, the preparation of these records does not satisfy the requirements to file the annual report with the Secretary of State. Also, the Maine Division of Corporations can be contacted at (207) 624-7752 for information about corporate annual report and other business entity filing requirements under Maine law. If you have new members waiting for degrees check around for Degree days before the deadline or organize one at you grange.
If anything should happen concerning the finances of your grange and you took the office without having an audit performed, the new officer could be liable for any shortages.
However, the form of the mailing and the way the information is presented may create the impression that this is an official government communication.
Any corporation that has questions about the solicitation is also encouraged to obtain advice from its lawyer or business advisor. Try that closet in the back of the hall where no one has looked in for years… Piscataquis Pomona found their seal a few years ago and we didn’t even know it was lost.
Sister Sharon Manley does this for many granges but if you know your information you can do it yourself or you can obtain your ID# from Sister Sharon and set it up yourself. I have also found that due to the fact that I may overlook a request sent to me via the internet please do not wait until a month or two has lapsed before contacting me.
Please get them to me early so that National Grange has time to process and return for your presentations. Duran has pleaded guilty to multiple crimes before the court in order to reach a plea deal, and now, the New Mexico Republican leadership is scrambling to cover the issue.

In order to reach the plea deal, Duran pleaded guilty to two felony counts of embezzlement and four misdemeanor counts of embezzlement, money laundering, and campaign finance violations. As part of the deal, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is recommending that Duran received a suspended sentence based upon a five-year probation. Voters rightfully demand that our elected officials be accountable to the law, and our party will continue to advocate for accountability in government,” wrote New Mexico GOP Chairman Debbie Maestas. Geological Survey, Padilla authored a bill requiring the state to create a statewide Earthquake Early Warning System. Any new members may give your grange a net gain for the year.  As I have mentioned previously, there are many Granges in Maine that qualify for the award so please complete the application and send to State Grange or myself. For those who were present you might have been shown on WABI Channel 5 news that same evening.
Always have an audit done before doing any monetary transactions as the new Treasurer.  It is extremely important that the audit be done for the protection of the officer handling the monies and to ensure that your Grange is operating correctly. But you can use the seal for a wide range of documents including certificates, membership cards, etc.
It turned up at the home of one of our former secretaries and she contacted us when she found it!  In the ideal world it would probably be kept in the secretary’s desk at the hall. The court would also require that Duran would repay embezzled funds to campaign donors and the New Mexico treasury. Governor Martinez is hoping to make an official appointment in the coming weeks, and this person will serve as the official New Mexico Secretary of State until the 2016 elections. On what?”  It is mandatory, as noted in the State by-laws, that any monies handled by any officer of your Subordinate and Pomona Granges be audited at least once a year.
A little research reveals that old seals are considered collectible and often used for bookends! The former Secretary of State would also participate in counseling and treatment for her gambling addiction, and she would not be allowed to enter any casino or gambling establishments. At the recent State Spirit of America event in Augusta, I noticed a lady standing alone watching the ending of the event. Many potential problems and difficulties can be avoided by having a simple audit done at least once a year.
I started talked to her and discovered that her mother had liked attend the annual event previously.
Should your Grange need assistance in performing an audit, contact your deputy, Pomona, or neighboring Grange.  An audit is NOT to be done by the officers of the Grange under audit who are in charge of handling a monetary account. This lady said that for herself she had free time now and wanted something rewarding to do with her time. The treasurer’s and secretary’s books should match and any transactions in your checkbooks should be compared to the monthly bank statements. The secretary’s books are to be signed by those performing the audit as well as the date of the audit. We  talked about Grange, I got her address, sent her an application (guess I wasn’t too membership minded or I would have had one on me) and connected her with a grange in her town. So, in conversations with friends, family, and people you have just met, TALK GRANGE!  It could lead to a new member.

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