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April 29, 1993 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several sheriffs from around the state joined Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block on Wednesday in pressing Gov. Pete Wilson to free state funds to avert closing jails, releasing prisoners and laying off deputies. But spokesmen for the governor said there is no likelihood that Wilson will go along with the sheriffs' ideas.
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March 31, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Laura J. Nelson
A plan for increasing the sales tax to fix Los Angeles' broken streets is on a collision course with a similar levy being pushed for regional transit projects. Two weeks ago, the top budget advisor to the Los Angeles City Council said a tax increase is the only way thousands of miles of severely damaged roads and sidewalks will get repaired. A half-cent increase in the sales tax, which would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years, should appear on the November ballot, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.
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May 24, 1995 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With more than 100 Measure R opponents in attendance, the City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution stating its opposition to the proposed half-cent sales tax designed to help the county out of its financial mess. Mayor Tom Daly and Councilman Frank Feldhaus abstained from voting on the resolution, which passed 3 to 2. The vote came after an emotionally charged meeting during which more than a dozen people spoke against the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Hoping to garner voter and political support across Los Angeles County for a possible half-cent sales tax increase, transportation advocates gathered downtown Friday to unveil a proposal for a 2016 ballot measure that could fund a range of new transit projects, including a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. The tax proposal, announced by the advocacy group Move L.A., could raise an estimated $90 billion over 45 years and cost the average resident 25 cents to 30 cents a day, proponents said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No libraries will close, only one fire station will shut down and far fewer layoffs than anticipated are needed to balance the 1993-94 budget for Ventura County government. After months of doomsday warnings, the county budget reductions made last week were only a fraction of the dramatic cutbacks predicted by the Board of Supervisors earlier this year. But, officials say they are not celebrating yet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to persuade Ventura County voters to extend a half-cent sales tax, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday pledged to allocate all the funds from the tax to fire, police and criminal justice agencies. "Clearly we understand that the priorities of the county are on public safety," Supervisor Maggie Kildee said. "If this extension of the half-cent sales tax passes, we will spend this money on public safety. It's important for the public to understand what the intent of the board is."
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October 31, 1993 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The devastating fires that swept through Southern California last week may prove to be the political savior of a controversial proposal to make permanent a temporary, half-cent portion of the sales tax that is scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Advocates of Proposition 172 are citing the fires in interviews and advertising to underscore their argument that public safety services, including firefighting, will be at risk if the sales tax measure is defeated.
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May 5, 1993 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proposing a dramatic restructuring of government that also would help the state balance its budget, the Legislature's nonpartisan analyst recommended Tuesday that the state extend a temporary half-cent sales tax and give the revenue raised to the counties--along with responsibility for all juvenile criminals, paroled felons and drug abusers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2012 | David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council agreed to place a half-cent sales tax hike on the March 5 ballot to avert new cuts in city services, drawing immediate opposition from critics in and outside city government. Voters would decide the measure, which will boost collections by an estimated $215 million a year, on the same day they choose a new mayor. And there were signs the proposal already is influencing the race, which is expected to focus heavily on resolving the city's chronic budget crisis.
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January 28, 1996 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moving quickly to build momentum after the appointment of an acting president for the still-to-be-built Ventura County campus of Cal State University, community leaders have begun a push to rally financial support for the planned four-year college. City and county officials said they would initiate resolutions supporting the statewide March bond measure that includes nearly $1 million for planning funds for the campus.
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February 7, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The top budget official at Los Angeles City Hall warned Thursday that a defeat of a sales tax hike on the March 5 ballot could lead to a wide array of budget cuts, including closures of city swimming pools, elimination of crossing guards, reductions in graffiti cleanup and 500 fewer police officers. In a 48-page report titled "City at a Crossroads," City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana described cuts to public safety as "unavoidable" if Proposition A is rejected. The city is facing a budget shortfall of nearly $220 million and Proposition A, if passed, would erase the vast majority of it. Santana repeated a warning from LAPD Chief Charlie Beck that staffing could be rolled back to roughly 9,500 officers if Proposition A is rejected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant and Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
A ferocious battle between former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and the city's police and civilian unions broke out at City Hall on Tuesday, overshadowing a City Council action to help stabilize municipal finances by putting a sales tax increase on the ballot. The 82-year-old Riordan strode to the podium Tuesday morning, urging the council to refrain from putting a sales tax hike on the ballot until it exhausts other ways of repairing its chronically underfunded budget. "What Los Angeles needs is more jobs, not more taxes," Riordan said shortly before the council voted 11 to 4 to place a half-cent sales tax increase before voters during the March 5 primary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2012 | David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council agreed to place a half-cent sales tax hike on the March 5 ballot to avert new cuts in city services, drawing immediate opposition from critics in and outside city government. Voters would decide the measure, which will boost collections by an estimated $215 million a year, on the same day they choose a new mayor. And there were signs the proposal already is influencing the race, which is expected to focus heavily on resolving the city's chronic budget crisis.
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October 31, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, David Zahniser and Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
With thousands of employees out the door and years of crushing deficits still on the horizon, the Los Angeles City Council is preparing an urgent appeal to voters for more taxes to prevent further cuts in parks, police, fire and other services. The council on Wednesday will take up four possible tax measures for the March ballot. The largest is a half-cent sales tax hike unveiled Tuesday by council President Herb Wesson that would generate an estimated $220 million a year and give Los Angeles one of the highest sales tax rates in the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2011 | By David Zahniser and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Looking to end his tenure at City Hall with a burst of public works projects, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been quietly assembling a plan to borrow 27 years worth of tax revenue and spend it repairing nearly one-fourth of the city's streets. Villaraigosa, who leaves office in 2013, hopes to spend as much as $800 million on accelerated road repairs using proceeds from Measure R, a half-cent sales tax passed by county voters in 2008. The money could fix some 1,500 miles of streets within two to three years, mayoral aides said.
NEWS
February 13, 2009
Sales tax: An article in Thursday's Section A about state budget negotiations said the 1-cent sales tax increase included in a budget framework negotiated by the governor and legislative leaders would raise the tax in Los Angeles County to 9.75%. That rate would begin on July 1, when a half-cent sales tax approved in November by county voters takes effect. Until then, the rate would be 9.25%.
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September 19, 1993 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With just six weeks remaining until a special statewide election, California Republicans attending their fall convention Saturday joined a lively debate about the two most controversial issues on the ballot--education and taxes. The school voucher initiative--Proposition 174--has been endorsed by the state Republican Party at two of its past conventions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2008 | Steve Hymon and Carla Hall, Hymon and Hall are Times staff writers.
In a region where traffic is an all-consuming complaint, a half-cent sales tax increase to improve traffic flow might seem like a sure thing. But in the final weeks before Tuesday's election, the Measure R campaign has devolved largely into a regional clash between politicians on the east and west sides of Los Angeles County, as squabbles have broken out over who gets the most projects.
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October 30, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Hymon is a Times staff writer.
Proponents of the transportation package known as Measure R say its impact would be transformative in traffic-plagued Los Angeles County. Its half-cent sales tax increase, if approved, would begin the so-called Subway to the Sea, get the Green Line light rail to Los Angeles International Airport, widen the 5 Freeway at the bottleneck before the Orange County line and add carpool lanes.
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