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July 8, 1993
Panhandlers in Anaheim are looking for handouts from passersby. A city councilman wants to require that they get business licenses. Cost: an estimated $100 apiece. What's wrong with this picture? If a panhandler had $100, why would he beg? Surely not because he likes to. That's one reason this is not a good idea. And there are others.
February 26, 1996
A proposal to increase city fees has run into resistance from the City Council. Assistant City Manager Brigitte Charles had requested that fees be updated to reflect increased costs. But council members voted last week to defer action until March, saying they want to give the plan more study. "I'm extremely concerned about increasing fees for business licenses," Councilman Kenneth Blake said. "If at all possible, we should retain the current fees."
March 3, 1994 | HUGO MARTIN
The owners of businesses that were damaged in the Northridge quake will have an extra 10 weeks to pay license fees under a proposal approved by the Los Angeles City Council. The relief plan, drafted by Councilmen Zev Yaroslavsky and Joel Wachs and passed Tuesday, extends the date at which taxes are considered delinquent to May 15. Normally, the fees for business licenses are due Feb. 1 and become delinquent March 1.
January 22, 1993
Gee thanks, Gov. Wilson. Who cares if the sales tax is lowered a little? That should save the average family $8 per month. Wilson has obviously never been in business for himself. Let's take your neighborhood auto repair shop, for example; the owner has to pay a $300 annual establishment inspection fee, a waste-oil permit fee, quarterly waste-water disposal fee, anti-freeze disposal fee, air-conditioning Freon disposal fee, fire department inspection fee, business licenses, etc. I imagine it's even worse for a restaurant.
March 10, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
Mayor Rich Freschi wants people who run businesses from their homes to ante up. Freschi said the city requires a $50 license for home-based businesses, but not everyone is paying. There are about 120 residential business licenses, Freschi said. But he estimates that the number of home-based enterprises is closer to 200. Home-based businesses pay a license fee the first year of operation. In subsequent years they pay based on gross receipts.
August 15, 1989 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to guard-dog training, Bob Taylor says, "I'm the best." But Taylor's bravado was shaken Monday after he pleaded no contest in Orange County Municipal Court, Westminster, to training protection dogs without a license. Taylor, a well-known trainer who operates Superior Dog Training in county territory near Stanton, said he is the victim of a legal technicality and a nosy neighbor.
November 19, 1997
For most business owners, licenses, permits, taxes and insurance are the four evils of doing business. They are boring, tedious and confusing to deal with, and most small businesses hate them, says Debra Esparza, director of the USC Business Expansion Network. "It puts you back inside the box, and most entrepreneurs want to work outside the box," she said.
March 26, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
Mobile car washers, under attack by the owners of drive-through carwashes, on Thursday accepted a 10-point program designed to regulate their work without driving them out of business. The Thousand Oaks City Council must still approve the regulations, which were drafted by a committee of mobile car washers, fixed-site carwash owners, city staff and leaders of the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce.
December 22, 1993 | ED BOND
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday granted an appeal by a Sun Valley ranch owner who had asked that restrictions on her business permit be lifted. L&H Ranch on Sheldon Street, owned by Lilo Zipler, was the last of 18 San Fernando Valley stables cited by the city in December for lacking business licenses or zoning permits. All the other cases had been resolved and the stables had received permits.
February 9, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Two new taxicab companies soon will be competing for business in a city that already has two car-for-hire businesses. Despite objections from Yellow Cab of North Orange County, which has been serving Fullerton for more than 50 years, City Council members this week voted 3 to 2 to grant business licenses to California Yellow Taxicab Co. and Coastal City Yellow Cab Co.
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