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November 8, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an election that shattered dreams of a streamlined freeway system in this century, Orange County voters decisively rejected a transportation sales-tax increase Tuesday. Measure M, the half-cent sales-tax boost for traffic improvements, lost by about 14,000 votes--or 53% to 47%. It was the second time in five years that Orange County voters had rejected a sales tax-transportation measure, although this time the outcome was a lot closer. Its supporters were disconsolate.
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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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NEWS
May 20, 1995 | JEFF BEAN
A Saddleback Valley Unified School District trustee who opposes Measure R wants other educators to denounce the June 27 ballot measure. Frank L. Ury said Friday that he plans to send letters to every school board member in Orange County asking them to oppose the proposed half-cent sales-tax increase. Ury's letter will also ask school district leaders to adopt resolutions denouncing the tax hike. Ury said he knows of at least 15 school board members who oppose Measure R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By David Zahniser
One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again - this time by tying the money to the repair of the city's deteriorating network of streets. Two high-level City Hall policy advisors recommended Tuesday that lawmakers place a half-cent tax hike on the November ballot that would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years. The proceeds, they said, would pay to fix the most severely damaged roads and sidewalks. Passage of a tax could add momentum to Mayor Eric Garcetti's "back to basics" campaign, which focuses on upgrading basic services.
NEWS
November 4, 1987 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
San Diego County residents approved their first sales-tax increase Tuesday, voting to reach into their pockets to fund a multibillion-dollar transportation improvement package in the hope that it will mean smoother traveling on the county's increasingly congested roads and freeways. Proposition A garnered a comfortable margin beyond the simple majority of votes needed for victory. Beginning April 1, most purchases made in the county will be subject to a 6.5% sales tax. Former State Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1991
The sales tax will increase in five counties beginning Monday. The higher taxes, approved by voters last year, will help finance specific programs in each county. CURRENT NEW TAX COUNTY RATE RATE PURPOSE Los Angeles 6.5% 7% Transportation Orange 6% 6.5% Transportation San Joaquin 6% 6.5% Transportation Santa Cruz 6.5% 7% Earthquake repairs Sonoma 6% 6.25% Purchase of open space
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1989
The Times Opinion section (July 16) carried an editorial extolling certain elements of a proposed new half-cent sales tax increase. The closing sentence of the editorial was so far off base it begs for a rebuttal: "The degree to which traffic has worsened since they (the voters) voted down the sales tax increase in 1984 is one of the strongest arguments for not making the same mistake again Nov. 7." After the citizens of Orange County rejected Proposition A by a whopping 70% to 30%, the only mistake made was that the Board of Supervisors continued to approve massive new development on an unprecedented scale, without requiring that even a bare minimum of support systems be in place to accommodate the densities.
NEWS
June 27, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters get their first say on Orange County's fiscal fiasco today, defining what they expect in the future from county government by casting ballots on a sales tax increase intended to speed up the county's rescue from bankruptcy. Polls over the past several weeks have predicted the tax proposal, known as Measure R, will be routed. But with a record number of absentee ballots already returned, analysts and activists say the turnout could be high enough to give the measure a fighting chance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1990 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors balked Tuesday at endorsing legislation to increase the state sales tax, the key element of a proposal to raise money for new schools in the Santa Clarita Valley, unless the legislation is amended. The board said it could not support legislation sponsored by state Sen. Ed Davis (R-Santa Clarita) unless several changes were made in the bill, which is intended to raise millions of dollars for school construction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1995
It is fine for Supervisor Jim Silva to be opposed philosophically to new taxation, and he won't get too much of an argument in politically conservative Orange County. But it is another thing entirely to hear him say plaintively, as he did last week, "Maybe if there were a Plan B out there, then people would look at the alternatives and make a better choice."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Lee Romney
In a city that had fallen into bankruptcy, where confidence had plummeted as crime rose, the election was cast as a decisive moment for San Bernardino. And Tuesday the voters spoke up, pushing out the longtime city attorney - a prominent figure first elected to the job in 1987 - and a city councilwoman who nonetheless emerged as the leading vote-getter in the race for mayor. Proponents of the recall effort hailed the election as a victory. "It gives San Bernardino hope that things can get better and will get better," said Scott Beard, a leader of the recall effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles sales tax hike being promoted as vital to preserving public safety and helping end years of budget deficits is drawing support from a narrow majority of likely voters, according to a new USC Price/L.A. Times poll. Fifty-three percent of surveyed voters said they definitely or probably would vote for Proposition A, which is on Tuesday's ballot and would raise $200 million a year by boosting the city's sales tax rate by half a cent to 9.5%, one of the highest in the state.
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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.
OPINION
November 12, 2012
After several months of chatter about possible real estate and parcel taxes to lift Los Angeles out of its budget crisis, the City Council is expected Tuesday to instead send voters a proposal to increase sales taxes by a half-cent on the dollar citywide. The likely action comes just a few days after Californians took the very rare step of approving temporary sales and income tax increases in the form of Proposition 30 to help the state meet its current budget obligations without deeper school, service and safety net cuts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A half-cent sales tax pushed by Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson could have a slightly negative effect on business activity, with the biggest impact felt by sellers of building supplies, according to an analysis released Friday. Beacon Economics, a consulting firm advising Los Angeles leaders, projected a decrease in sales of up to 1.3% if voters approve the tax March 5, with no effect at all for restaurants, supermarkets and service stations. However, the sale of building materials - among the most expensive purchases - could decline as much as 3.9%, the report said.
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November 9, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday warned that police officers will be in danger of layoffs unless the city proceeds with a ballot measure to increase its sales tax by a half-cent. Speaking to The Times' editorial page board, Beck complained that he is already unable to hire 911 emergency operators, custody officers and mechanics. And he warned that the LAPD would probably lose 500 officers without the more than $200 million that would be generated by a sales tax hike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2003 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Gray Davis distanced himself Tuesday from a proposal by his own Finance Department to raise the sales tax by an additional $900 million next year as a way of ensuring local government will be able to pay for health-care programs. "This matter was never brought to my attention," said Davis. "I am totally opposed to any additional increase in my sales tax proposal. I've already proposed one penny. That's what it is."
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October 7, 1992 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeal court has opted to hold a hearing on the fate of $350 million collected under a half-cent San Diego County sales tax that was levied for new jails and courts but was ruled unconstitutional, court officials said. The 4th District Court of Appeal will hold oral arguments Nov. 4 in San Bernardino, the court announced recently.
OPINION
June 22, 2012
Four years ago Los Angeles County voters approved Measure R, a half-cent sales tax increase whose proceeds pay for improvements to public transit and highways. The tax, which sunsets in 2039, has already resulted in about a dozen projects completed or under construction, including the second phase of the Expo Line light-rail link that will bring trains deep into the congested Westside for the first time since the death of the old Red Car network. But many local transit leaders don't think the work is happening fast enough.
OPINION
April 24, 2012
Off the rails Re "Blue Line's woes a black mark for Metro," April 21 No one should be surprised that the Blue Line light-rail system from downtown L.A. to Long Beach has high maintenance costs. The goal of Propositions A and C and Measure R, which raised the sales tax, was to build a rail system, but not necessarily to maintain and operate one. As more lines are built, more money must be spent to maintain the system. The question now is whether the system has reached the size where all the construction money is required for maintenance and none is left for construction.
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