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March 19, 2006 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
The upcoming election here will attract national attention as residents vote on who will lead their reconstruction. But beneath the hullabaloo is an obscure, less riveting issue that advocates of change say could be just as big a step in helping the city reinvent itself. Now is the time, they say, to revamp the city's antiquated system of property assessment, a system that some view as wasting money and encouraging cronyism.
February 22, 2006 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
A small church that has served the deaf community in Riverside County for decades will receive more than $4.5 million to settle allegations that Caltrans grossly undervalued the congregation's property when it was condemned to make way for new ramps on Interstate 215. Calvary Deaf Church and Caltrans resolved their dispute Tuesday shortly after Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask tentatively ruled that Caltrans' original appraisal of $1.65 million was flawed and outdated.
June 16, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A planned three-year project by the Orange County assessor's office to inspect nearly half of the county's parcels for unreported property improvements, which could result in higher tax bills, was put on hold Wednesday by county supervisors. The board held off approving the project after Chairman Bill Campbell expressed concern that field investigators might act like the Gestapo in their countywide search for building improvements made without the county's knowledge. County Assessor Webster J.
October 20, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Residents of northern Mission Viejo overwhelmingly rejected an assessment tax that would have buried 3.1 miles of new power lines, City Manager Dennis Wilberg said Tuesday. Of about 2,700 ballots cast by property owners, 82% were against creating an assessment district, Wilberg said. The $10.8-million project would have cost property owners $154 to $3,083 each over a 20-year period.
October 6, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A judge Tuesday denied a request by victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse to void the transfer of property within the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge said the attorney for the alleged victims failed to prove that the diocese was trying to hide potential assets from people suing the diocese. A church lawyer said the diocese's action was part of a deal to finance the construction of a church school.
August 12, 2004 | Regine Labossiere, Times Staff Writer
Stepping up its battle against West Nile, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved new rules that would allow officials to issue fines of up to $1,000 a day on residents who don't remove dirty standing water from their property. The rules, among the first of their kind in the state, would allow local vector control officials to enter private property with recorded mosquito problems and clean stagnant water if the owners won't do it themselves.
July 29, 2004 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County's red-hot housing market drove property assessments to a record high this year, notching a $55.3-billion increase over 2003, the county assessor's office reported Wednesday. The factors fueling the increase -- a brisk seller's market, low interest rates, a scarcity of land available for development and stiff competition among buyers for starter homes -- are familiar to anyone shopping for a house. Property assessments reached $781 billion as of Jan. 1, a 7.
July 28, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ventura County property owners by a wide margin have approved a $4-per-home hike in their annual mosquito-control assessment, officials said Tuesday. Nearly 71% of property owners who returned ballots, mailed to their homes, gave their approval, said Robert Gallagher, county director of Environmental Health. The measure needed only majority support for enactment. The increase will raise an estimated $857,000 the first year to make up a funding shortfall in the program.
July 22, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court spared state and local governments a potentially devastating blow Wednesday when it upheld the method that Orange and many other counties use to assess property taxes. The court declined to review an appeals court's decision that found Orange County did not violate Proposition 13 when it retroactively raised taxes to make up for down years in the real estate market.
July 17, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
The assessed value of Orange County property totals about $308.6 billion, up 8.7% over last year, officials said Friday. The added $24.7 billion in value, they said, represents the largest increase in 28 years. The report, from the office of Orange County Assessor Webster J. Guillory, also found that Irvine remains the city with the highest total property value, assessed at $29.6 billion -- a 10.9% increase over last year. Anaheim, meanwhile, dropped to No. 3 with total assessments of $26.
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