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June 6, 1991 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flush with money from voter-approved sales tax hikes and bond measures at a time when other government agencies are bankrupt or begging, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission is mapping a sweeping, $140-billion plan to revolutionize the way people move. Elements of the 30-year plan date back a decade, when voters approved the first local sales tax surcharge. But the overall system and its estimated cost are just now being circulated. Public hearings on the plan begin today.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a bid to end the MTA's love affair with the subway, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky today will launch a ballot campaign to prevent the use of Los Angeles County's penny-on-the-dollar transit sales tax for any underground extension of the Metro Rail system. The initiative is aimed at depriving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of its ability to use sales tax receipts for any below-ground extension of the subway to the Eastside or Mid-City.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1994
The County Board of Supervisors has rejected a proposal to place a countywide 0.25% sales tax proposition on the November ballot. The board this week voted 3 to 2 against board Chairwoman Yvonne Brathwaite Burke's motion to ask voters to approve a new sales tax. Supervisor Ed Edelman joined Burke in recommending the measure for the ballot, but they were outnumbered when Supervisor Gloria Molina sided with conservative supervisors Mike Antonovich and Deane Dana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1997 | DADE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An innovative agreement between Lancaster and Palmdale to share future sales tax revenues has disintegrated, leaving officials scrambling for explanations and alternatives before the Nov. 4 election, Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts said Thursday. After shaking hands on the proposal in August, Palmdale officials repeatedly canceled meetings with Lancaster officials to finalize details, and a formal, written agreement has never been drafted, Roberts said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
State senators moved Thursday to correct a quandary on the November ballot that could have Los Angeles County voters approving local sales tax increases that it may be illegal to collect. The problem is this: State law requires that the total sales tax collected, excluding a temporary earthquake tax, cannot exceed 7%. A 6 1/2% tax is now being collected in the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1990 | RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sales tax increase measure to generate $400 million per year to help keep Los Angeles County's proposed 150-mile rail system and other transit programs on track was placed on the November ballot Wednesday by local elected officials gathered at a historic transportation session. If approved, the measure would raise the current 6 1/2% sales tax to 7%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1990 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday created an agency to place a half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot to pay for new jails. Supervisor Pete Schabarum accused his colleagues of creating a "sham" agency to get around the requirement of Proposition 13 for two-thirds voter approval for a tax increase. Richard B. Dixon, the county's chief administrative officer, recommended seeking approval of the tax increase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1990 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling it a "Solomon-like" solution, lawmakers passed and sent to the governor Friday a measure that would allow Los Angeles County voters to approve local sales tax increases for transit and jails without violating state law. The legislation corrects a conflict on the November ballot where Los Angeles County voters will be asked to endorse two local sales tax increases, each calling for a half-cent tax on each dollar of sales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1990
Los Angeles County Supervisors on Tuesday authorized a Nov. 6 ballot measure that would raise the sales tax by a half-cent for public transit projects, despite a measure seeking more money for jails. If approved, the two measures would be in conflict because the sales tax would exceed the 7 1/4% cap imposed by the Legislature. The tax is now 6 3/4%, leaving only a half-cent increase available.
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December 1, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
Just in time for holiday shopping, the state sales tax increases one-fourth cent on each dollar of purchases today. The estimated $800 million that the additional tax will raise over its 13-month duration will aid victims of the Oct. 17 Bay Area earthquake and help pay for quake-related repairs to freeways, schools and other structures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1997 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whether you live in Long Beach or Palmdale, you should care about the Los Angeles subway project. You're paying for it. Every time you buy anything taxable in Los Angeles County, one cent of every dollar goes to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite continuing financial woes, county officials are planning to share sales tax revenues for the first time in history with a retail development, according to documents obtained by The Times. County officials, who wished to remain anonymous, said that tax breaks must be given to Newhall Land & Farming Co. to ensure that the county land on which the $80-million Valencia Marketplace mall is being built is not annexed by the city of Santa Clarita.
NEWS
September 14, 1995 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, This story was reported by Times staff writers Jeffrey L. Rabin, Jack Cheevers, Josh Meyer and Max Vanzi. It was written by Rabin
Los Angeles County's fiscal outlook took a dramatic turn for the worse Wednesday when a hoped-for financial rescue from Washington hit a roadblock and continued gridlock in Sacramento threatened to force even sharper cuts in the county's already reeling health system. County supervisors grew noticeably somber, saying prospects had dimmed for an infusion of at least $178 million in additional federal money that they counted on to ease the pain of sweeping cuts in the health care system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1994
The County Board of Supervisors has rejected a proposal to place a countywide 0.25% sales tax proposition on the November ballot. The board this week voted 3 to 2 against board Chairwoman Yvonne Brathwaite Burke's motion to ask voters to approve a new sales tax. Supervisor Ed Edelman joined Burke in recommending the measure for the ballot, but they were outnumbered when Supervisor Gloria Molina sided with conservative supervisors Mike Antonovich and Deane Dana.
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May 15, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER and MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The state Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a half-cent sales tax surcharge approved by Los Angeles County voters in 1990, giving a green light to a far-ranging, $400-million-a-year transportation program. In a brief order, the justices let stand an appeal court decision that upheld Proposition C, a measure providing for construction of Metro subway lines, new car-pool lanes on freeways, expanded bus service and other projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Contrary to officials' hopes, the Southern California Rapid Transit District budget crunch has become worse since a recession-driven sales-tax shortfall was announced last fall, and accountants are scrambling to find ways to cut costs rather than slash service. RTD Board President Marvin L. Holen said the budget shortfall is at least $60 million.
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September 1, 1987 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
The Assembly passed and sent to the Senate on Monday legislation backed by Gov. George Deukmejian that would give California's counties authority to ask voters to increase local sales taxes by up to a penny to finance road construction or transit projects. The measure, expected to be approved by the Senate and signed by Deukmejian, potentially could raise $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1988
Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Baxter Ward, campaigning to regain his old post in the June 7 primary, on Wednesday accused county transportation officials of violating a voter-approved law by building light-rail systems such as the the Los Angeles-Long Beach and Century Freeway lines under construction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sparing about a dozen transportation programs from postponement, curtailment or cancellation, the 2nd District Court of Appeal on Thursday unanimously upheld the legality of Los Angeles County's second half-cent sales tax surcharge. The state court ruling is significant because it is the first after a state Supreme Court decision last month overturning a San Diego County sales tax surcharge used to build new courts and jails.
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December 20, 1991 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County's decade-old Proposition A sales-tax surcharge--the $400-million-a-year engine driving the county's 30-year transportation program--apparently is unaffected by Thursday's state Supreme Court ruling overturning a similar San Diego County surcharge. But the fate of Proposition C, a second half-cent surcharge that was authorized by a narrow majority of voters in 1990, is less certain, lawyers familiar with the case said.
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