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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1991 | JOHN PENNER
The City Council has introduced a measure to increase business-license taxes by $20 per year. If the council approves the fee hike at its April 15 meeting, the city's average annual tax on business licenses will climb to $76 from $56. The $76 rate would remain below the $96 annual average fee charged by other Orange County cities, according to a city staff report. Statewide, business-license fees for cities with populations comparable to that of Huntington Beach cost an average of $172 per year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
Starting today, four Explorers will survey every business establishment in the city to determine if it has a valid business license, said senior planner Dana Ogdon. "This is the first time we are canvassing the entire business community in a systematic way," Ogdon said. About 7,500 businesses will be checked, he said. With four Explorers surveying businesses three times a week, Ogdon said, it should take about four weeks to finish the job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1992 | JOHN PENNER
In response to pleas from hairdressers, real estate agents and others, the City Council has tentatively agreed to slash business license fees for those who work as independent contractors. Council members last week agreed to set up a new job classification for workers who contract their services to a variety of businesses. Those workers would be charged $42 a year for their business licenses, one-third the rate of the regular business license fee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1994 | BILL BILLITER
To encourage enterprises to grow and thus produce more revenue, the City Council has put lids on its business license tax. By unanimous vote July 25, the council accepted a staff recommendation to charge a retail business no more than $26,000 a year if the firm produces more than $750,000 in annual sales tax to the city. The council's action also limited to $16,000 the business license tax on wholesale sales or manufacturers that produce more than $750,000 in annual sales tax.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
The City Council voted 3 to 2 last week to raise the city's business license fee for the first time since 1974. The fee, which will now be based on a business's annual gross receipts instead of a yearly flat rate, was increased to help balance the city's $46-million budget for fiscal year 1991-92. The change in procedure is expected to bring the city an additional $600,000 in revenue and help reduce a $5.6-million budget deficit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1995
After a flood of complaints from small businesses about a change in the annual license tax, the City Council has made revisions to correct what it says was an error. The recently adopted change was supposed to reduce the business license tax for many small enterprises. But, because of the way the ordinance was worded, many merchants were hit with huge tax bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
Trying to plug a $6-million gap in next year's budget, the City Council has moved to increase business license fees. And in another action last week, the council unanimously approved a plan to put fences on West Newport's Seashore Drive in hopes of corralling the traditional street party on the Fourth of July holiday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1992
Businesses operating without a license or with expired licenses will be able to obtain or renew licensing without paying a penalty or facing prosecution, city officials said Monday. The City Council voted unanimously to re-enact the Business License Tax Amnesty Program, from July through September, to allow business owners to comply with city licensing laws. The program temporarily lifts the penalties for delinquent payment, which are compounded monthly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Two massage parlors may lose their licenses after employees were arrested on suspicion of prostitution in recent weeks. The South Pasadena City Council, which in recent years has wrestled with concerns about a proliferation of massage parlors, scheduled hearings regarding the businesses for March 7. South Pasadena police arrested Massage Villa owner Ling Ling Kuo, 44, of Alhambra on Feb. 10 on suspicion of operating a disorderly house....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2009 | By Ann M. Simmons
Businesses operating in the city of Lancaster will be required to ensure that all new hires are eligible to work in the United States by using an Internet-based federal program to check the immigration and employment eligibility of potential workers. The free online program, called E-Verify, allows participating employers to use federal databases to compare information provided by job seekers with millions of records kept by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.
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