August 10, 2019

OJAI CA – Ojai Valley Inn Spa a AAA Five Diamo

first_imgOJAI, CA – Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a AAA Five Diamond property located in Ojai, California, has just announced that Janis Clapoff, a seasoned hospitality industry professional, will join the Inn’s management team as the new Managing Director.Ms. Clapoff will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the management and operation of the 308-room property. Ms. Clapoff replaces former Managing Director Thad Hyland and will work closely with General Manager Anna Olson.“Ms. Clapoff will bring a wealth of talent and expertise to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. I am confident that she will be an outstanding addition to our team and will further enhance the quality of excellence that the Inn is known for,” said Steve Crown, owner of the Inn and President of the Crown CorporationMs. Clapoff has more than three decades of hospitality management experience, most recently as General Manager of Halekulani in Honolulu, Hawaii and Managing Partner of the Simpson House Inn in Santa Barbara, California. She has also served as Managing Partner of San Ysidro Ranch and Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Biltmore, both located in Santa Barbara, California. Ms. Clapoff holds a Masters Degree from Antioch University, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University in Toronto, Canada.Since 1923, vacationing guests have sought the tranquil pleasures of the historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a AAA Five Diamond property located on 220 tree-shaded acres 35 miles south of Santa Barbara. Affirmed by its many prestigious awards and fresh from a $90 million renovation, the legendary Inn is one of the nation’s unique hidden treasures.For reservations: 1-800-422-6524, or on the Internet: www.ojairesort.comlast_img read more

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August 9, 2019 Australia Takes on Tax Reform Lessons We Can Learn

Australia Takes on Tax Reform Lessons We Can Learn

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 24, 2015; The Age (Melbourne, Australia)Two recently released position papers frame issues to be faced by the Australian government as it considers revisions to its tax code will resonate with American readers: the Australian Council of Social Services’ (ACOSS) “Tax: Are we paying our fair share?” and “The Future of Tax,” released in December by Business Council Australia (BCA). Both recognize that a changing economic and demographic landscape requires revisions to national tax policy, but they differ widely in their assessment of the direction that should be taken.Changes to tax policy must balance the concern for tax equity with ensuring the national economy can continue to grow and compete in the international marketplace. Both organizations acknowledge the important role that government must play and that sufficient revenues are necessary to meet this responsibility. But where the right “sweet spot” is that balances these two is where the issue is joined and where the interests of the social and human services community will clash with the interests of business:“A vital principle of the social compact between taxpayers and Government is that the level of tax we pay is based on our resources or ability to pay, and that people in similar circumstances should as far as possible be taxed in a consistent way.” (ACOSS, p.4)ACOSS sees an existing Australian tax system that falls well short of meeting this standard. Its analysis of the total tax burden shows that the effective tax burden is equal to “a flat rate tax on incomes of around 25 percent on all income groups.” Looking at the same data, BCA concludes that the current “tax and transfer system is well targeted and highly redistributive and makes a substantial contribution to Australia having a fair society by substantially reducing inequality.” (BCA, p.5)Both organizations recognize that changes to existing tax policy should not do harm, but differ on what that harm would look like. ACOSS counsels that the impact of policy change should be viewed in terms of “economic costs, and social and environmental harm. The tax system should support and not undermine decisions to engage in paid work, save, invest and support economic growth that are economically efficient and underpin our future prosperity. It should contribute to, and not detract from, affordable housing for all.” BCA’s perspective sees harm in any change that will not benefit business operations, focusing attention on changes that would reduce the overall tax burden on corporations and individuals and simplify the system.As in the United States, the challenge to the Australian government is establishing a process that allows the diverse interests illustrated in these two reports to be engaged and believe that the outcomes have been arrived at in a fair and honest process:“Tax reform cannot be rushed. It takes time to identify and agree on the problems that reform should resolve, and to decide on a strategy for reform. Governments must lead tax reform but must do this in genuine collaboration with key stakeholders and the wider community. The process of reform needs to be open and transparent, enabling-government agenda, nor cherry-picking of reforms. It will require genuine engagement and wide public debate in the lead up to developing options for reform, with a view to developing a comprehensive, integrated tax reform package.” (ACOSS, p. 5)Our nation’s leaders might well keep their eyes on the efforts in Australia to see if there is a better model than our current method of backroom deal-making to reach legislative outcomes in an area of such vital interest to our community.—Marty LevineShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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