April 9, 2001 |
Mayor John F. Street spent New Year's Day in jail. With 120 ministers in tow, he visited all four of the city's lockups, informing inmates that the time is coming when Philadelphia's congregations will reach out to help them as soon as they are freed. Beginning this week, Street's voice--on tape--will contact parents whose children are absent from school without an excuse.
April 9, 2001 |
The PG&E bankruptcy protection filing Friday came only four days before the state's largest utility is to make $80 million in property tax payments to 49 California counties. In Northern California's remote Plumas County, this was especially bad news. Because of its large hydroelectric holdings, Pacific Gas & Electric is Plumas' largest taxpayer, accounting for about 18% of the county's $2.3-billion tax base.
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February 16, 2001 |
In a decision involving a Ventura Harbor marina development bankruptcy, the state Supreme Court said Thursday that local governments cannot be forced to pay for lawsuit settlements by raising property taxes. Taxpayer advocates praised the decision, saying that a ruling favorable to the Ventura Port District's creditors would have paved the way for tax increases statewide and virtually overturned portions of Proposition 13, which limits property tax increases.
January 22, 2001 |
When Gov. Gray Davis floated the idea of a back-to-school "sales tax holiday," he conjured up cozy images of working families holding on to hard-earned dollars as their children prepared for the new school year. Both retailers and conservative lawmakers voiced support for suspending sales taxes on clothing, shoes and computer sales over a three-day weekend in August.
October 6, 1999 |
Up and down the Golden State, these are fat and happy times. In Southern and Northern California and along the Central Coast, cities crow about falling unemployment rates and residents watch in wonder as their home values jump to the moon. Growth is a good thing. Here in California's big middle, stretching 400 miles long and 50 miles wide, it's a far different tale. The problem isn't a lack of growth.
June 7, 1999 |
Usually, Lake County can't afford to keep metal detectors in its courthouse. So after authorities put one outside a notorious murder trial recently, they got chills when it scared some people away. "What does that tell you?" asked Adam Ayala, the court administrator. "I'm sure some people are packing heat." Safety is not only a worry in the courthouse. The sheriff in this rustic resort community north of Napa Valley struggles to keep cops on the street too. Deputies get just $12 an hour.