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OPINION
February 17, 2010
The parcel tax proposal for Los Angeles schools is barely out of the gate and already it's limping. In an economy this bad, a new $100-a-year tax on each piece of residential and commercial property sounds like a lot of money to many property owners. In addition, parcel taxes in poorer school districts have fared badly at the ballot box lately. And even if it passes, the money would only begin to cover budget shortfalls at the L.A. Unified School District. What's more, many voters remember that they recently approved a far bigger sum in construction bonds so that students could have uncrowded, sparkling, state-of-the-art classrooms.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
Voters in Vernon - all 42 of them who turned out this week - have approved three tax measures that leaders in the southeast Los Angeles city said were critical to closing an estimated $8-million general fund deficit. Officials had threatened deep cuts to the city's police and fire departments if the measures did not pass. While only 112 people live in the city, there are more than 1,800 businesses that will be hit hardest by the taxes. "More than anything, this vote is an acknowledgment in the city of Vernon that public safety is important," city spokesman Fred MacFarlane said after Tuesday's balloting, adding that residents and businesses alike have made it clear that they don't want to contract out police and fire services.
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OPINION
March 13, 2012
The Los Angeles Unified School District isn't in the same financial straits that led it to seek a parcel tax nearly two years ago. No, it's in much worse shape. It can't afford preschool, adult education, libraries, adequate janitorial services or reasonable class sizes. So even though Measure E, the $100-per-parcel tax it proposed in 2010, didn't come close to the two-thirds majority needed for passage, the district is looking to try again, this time with a tax nearly three times that size.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Hector Becerra
Vernon officials will be asking voters Tuesday to approve three taxes that they said are crucial to closing a large budget gap caused by bad investments. Officials are threatening deep cuts to Vernon's police and fire departments if the taxes, expected to net $8 million annually, don't pass. The city currently faces an $8-million General Fund deficit. A shift from years before when the city's 1,800 businesses benefited from low taxes and cheap electricity. But a series of bad investments made through its Light and Power Department, made worse by the recession, has caused the city to boost its electric rates by about 40% in recent years and move to increase taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1991
The El Segundo Unified School District board voted unanimously Tuesday to put a parcel tax proposal on the November ballot to help the financially troubled district maintain current programs. The tax, which requires a two-thirds majority for approval, would levy $120 a year on residential and commercial property for three years. It would raise $550,000. Conceding that the measure will be "very hard to pass," Supt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2010 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles voters will be asked in June to approve a temporary $100-per-parcel annual tax to help fund city schools, but Supt. Ramon C. Cortines warned Tuesday that the increase still would not be enough to head off bigger class sizes, teacher layoffs and, possibly, a shorter school year. Facing a projected $640-million budget shortfall, officials said the parcel tax would yield $95.2 million annually for the four years it would be in effect. The school board needed to act quickly, Cortines said, so the money could offset some cutbacks for the upcoming school year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Save a niche in local political history if the Los Angeles school system passes a parcel tax June 8. Convention holds that there's no logical way Measure E can achieve the two-thirds majority it needs. Backers maintain hope, insisting that, above all, the cause is just and the emergency dire. Measure E would raise $92.5 million annually over four years for the Los Angeles Unified School District through a tax of a flat $100 per parcel. The money would undo some cutbacks made to offset a $640-million deficit for next year and beyond.
OPINION
May 13, 2010
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OPINION
May 24, 2010
Unwelcome message Re "Calderon urges assault rifle ban," May 21 I never would have believed it: The president of Mexico, standing on our congressional floor, impugning our immigration laws and policies. This from a president whose country has a far more draconian immigration policy than ours. This from the leader of country whose caste system drives its poor to our nation, so its can use us as its welfare system. All this, in front of Obama administration officials, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a Democrat legislature that gave Calderon a standing ovation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2000
Re "Irvine Teachers Protest Possible Cuts in Staffing, Noted Programs," Jan. 19: My daughter graduated from the Irvine school system and went on to Chapman University primarily because of the Irvine music program. Without the programs offered by Irvine, she might not be studying for her teaching credential now. The reason we and many others moved to Irvine in the first place was the programs offered by the Irvine school system. Now as Irvine residents we are faced with a $95 parcel tax or laying off teachers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Faced by widespread public opposition, the Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday sent a proposed parcel fee to combat storm water pollution back to the drawing board. The proposed fee would be levied on all property owners within the county's flood control district, raising an estimated $290 million a year to help cities and the county deal with widespread water quality issues stemming from polluted storm water and urban runoff and the need to comply with new state regulations.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Robert Greene
So in addition to the taxes that every L.A. voter sees on Tuesday's ballot -- Propositions 30 , 38 and 39 , and Measure J -- you now also know about the parcel taxes in the Santa Monica Mountains area and the coming countywide parcel tax for storm water cleanup. Sometimes they show up at the ballot box, sometimes in the mail. But there's one more for you. Residents of part of downtown Los Angeles will get mail ballots next week asking them to vote on whether to tax property owners to repay bonds that would be sold to bring streetcars back to town after an absence of more than half a century.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Robert Greene
As voters mark their ballots Tuesday on three statewide tax measures, it's worth noting that there are many times and many ways to vote on taxes, and we're about to see a bunch of them. In addition to Propositions 30 , 38 and 39 , and  Measure J for Los Angeles County voters, some residents in or near the Santa Monica Mountains are finding that they live in a special district and could be subject to new parcel taxes to pay for parkland maintenance and acquisition. But at least that one will be found at the polling place and on election day, where and when voters would expect to find such a measure.
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward with four proposed tax increases on Wednesday, instructing city lawyers to draw up the language for ballot measures that would raise property, real estate, parking and sales taxes. Council President Herb Wesson said he hopes only one of those proposed increases ends up on the ballot in March. He is pushing for the half-cent sales tax hike, which would generate an estimated $220 million in new revenue for the financially strapped city. Wesson said he asked the council to move forward with each of the ballot measures as a safe guard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2012
There are more than 350 local measures across California on the Nov. 6 ballot. Among them: • El Monte and Richmond would levy a "soda tax" on sugared beverages. • Arcata proposes a 45% tax on excessive electricity usage, aimed at marijuana "grow houses. " • The desert town of Needles would impose a 10% tax on marijuana sales. • To combat loitering by the homeless, Berkeley would ban sitting on sidewalks in commercial areas from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. • The Davis Joint Unified School District wants voters to renew a $204 parcel tax and add one for $242 if Gov. Jerry Brown's statewide tax initiative fails, to make up for loss of state funds.
OPINION
March 13, 2012
The Los Angeles Unified School District isn't in the same financial straits that led it to seek a parcel tax nearly two years ago. No, it's in much worse shape. It can't afford preschool, adult education, libraries, adequate janitorial services or reasonable class sizes. So even though Measure E, the $100-per-parcel tax it proposed in 2010, didn't come close to the two-thirds majority needed for passage, the district is looking to try again, this time with a tax nearly three times that size.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Neil Carrey has sometimes been critical of spending in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. But now, he says, the district has done nothing wrong -- it's just not getting enough money from the state. "This is not like the boy who cried wolf," he said. "This is real." As a result of anticipated budget shortfalls, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will ask voters -- by mail -- to support a parcel tax that could stave off teacher layoffs and maintain such classes as art and music.
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