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    David Lerman, right, refiles his new-business paperwork Tuesday at the secretary of state's office. He made an error in his initial filing.

  • Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo

The Buzz: Bay Area businessman makes drive to Sacramento to resubmit form

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Bay Area attorney David Lerman, who waited six weeks for California to process his business registration form, drove all the way to Sacramento on Tuesday to file the paperwork a second time.

The Bee first wrote about Lerman as part of its investigation into an average wait time of 43 days for Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office to handle business filings.

Lerman wants to start a wine exporting business. He first filed in January.

Bowen's office kicked back his form. The reason: Lerman furnished an address for a company that would act as his representative for some legal purposes. The form says not to fill in the line if it's a "1505 corporation."

Which it is. Lerman didn't realize that when he filled out the form.

So Tuesday, he made the 90-minute drive from Berkeley to Sacramento to hand-deliver his resubmission. A woman in line was also resubmitting the same form.

The two commiserated.

"I'm back because I filled in the address right here," Lerman told her.

And because he didn't want to wait another six weeks, he paid a $350 expediting fee. He should receive the document by the end of the week.

Then it's on to the next step – another form.

– Jon Ortiz


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