April 30, 2013
Re "Woman, 78, could lose home," April 27 Your article about the Highland Park woman whose home will be auctioned off because the county claims she is delinquent on her property taxes should bring outrage to residents of Los Angeles County. Whether Marianne Blend's taxes were paid is immaterial. What is material is that some civil servants didn't do their job and, worse, they didn't do what was right: They pushed their papers, arranged for an auction, sent people to put up a sign but did nothing to look out for the welfare of the 78-year-old woman who has lived in the house for decades.
March 4, 2013 |
The half-cent sales tax increase proposal on the March 5 ballot known as Proposition A has been around for a long time in many guises, sometimes as a county tax, sometimes a city tax. Threats and reasons offered by Los Angeles city officials have included, in essence, pass it or risk another riot ; pass it or risk a terrorist attack ; pass it to fight a (nonexistent) surge in crime ; pass it to fund a new gang-prevention department . The only time it actually came before voters, they rejected it. In other instances, county and city officials refused to put it on the ballot in the first place.
January 24, 2013
When a young Jerry Brown was elected governor of California nearly 40 years ago, he ushered in an era of both optimism and limits. His message to Californians was that they could have more, do more, be more - but only if they proceeded with wisdom and made smart choices. It fell to Brown and his constituents to nurture and build upon the promised land that the postwar generation had built: unparalleled networks of roadways, water delivery, higher education, parklands; new opportunities for the previously marginalized and neglected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2013 |
Support for a $3-billion bond measure to fix deteriorating streets across Los Angeles is itself starting to crumble at City Hall, with City Council members backing away from efforts to get it onto the May 21 ballot. Four council members - Paul Krekorian, Bernard C. Parks, Jan Perry and Dennis Zine - said they were unprepared this election year to support the measure, which would boost property taxes over a 20-year period. All four said there had not been enough analysis or outreach to neighborhoods.
December 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — In the congressional and White House negotiations on tax reform — including the mortgage interest and property tax deductions — who has the crucial political advantage of counting documented public opinion on their side? Is it the real estate and building lobbies who argue that maintaining long-standing federal tax benefits are essential, given housing's key role in job creation, household wealth and the fact that real estate is still in a fragile state coming out of the recession and mortgage bust?
December 6, 2012
You knew this was coming. Now that Californians have approved Proposition 30 to temporarily raise sales and income taxes, and now that voters have elected a supermajority of Democrats in the Assembly and the state Senate, a lawmaker has introduced a bill to require only 55% voter approval rather than the current two-thirds margin to adopt parcel taxes to pay for local schools. Advocates of Los Angeles County's Measure J, a sales tax extension for transportation funding, are frustrated that they fell just short of the required two-thirds in November, and they also are discussing a change to 55%, perhaps just for transportation sales taxes, or perhaps more broadly.