CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
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.
October 16, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Two new Amazon.com warehouses in Northern California have shipped their first customer orders, well ahead of the Christmas rush. A million-square-foot fulfillment center in Tracy, south of Sacramento, sent a book titled "Raise the Bar" to a Menlo Park reader. A similar facility in nearby Patterson shipped a curtain rod to a Florida buyer, Amazon said. Photos: Top Halloween costumes for kids Between the two centers, Amazon has hired more than 700 full-time employees to pick, pack and ship customer orders," the Seattle company said.
October 10, 2013 |
With the iPhone 5c still widely available, the deals from retailers keep coming. First, Best Buy announced this month a promotion that gave a $50 gift card to customers who bought the iPhone 5c at one of its stores. That gift card could be used at the time of the sale to cut the price of the 16GB iPhone 5c from $99.99 to $49.99. Then Wal-Mart tried to top that by cutting the price of the iPhone 5c to $45 with a two-year contract. Wal-Mart had already been selling the device for $79. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 Now, Best Buy is firing back in the iPhone 5c discounting arms race. On Thursday, Best Buy announced a new smartphone trade-in deal that runs from Oct. 13 to -19. Customers are guaranteed $100 trade-in when they bring in any working smartphone (not just an iPhone)
August 28, 2013 |
Heesook recently noticed something that you may have noticed as well. Sometimes when she buys a discounted item, she's charged sales tax at the undiscounted price. Sometimes she isn't. Her question: What's going on? I'm asked this a lot, often by people who have paid full freight on their sales tax after buying a deeply discounted smartphone. Sales taxes are tricky, and they can vary from state to state. But generally speaking, if the discount is offered by a retailer, you'll pay a lower tax. If it's offered by a manufacturer, you'll pay a higher tax. For more, check out today's Ask Laz video.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- The state's fiscal year is off to a slower start than Gov. Jerry Brown hoped. Tax revenue was $266 million below projections in July, according to a report released Thursday by the governor's Department of Finance. Much of the shortfall is the result of Brown administration officials counting on a significant spike in withholding tax revenue. Instead, receipts fell $195 million short. Sales taxes were also $123 million short. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office recently warned that taxing purchases has become increasingly less helpful to the state's bottom line. Overall, the last several months have been strong for state taxes.
August 14, 2013 |
Nona was looking at her cable bill recently and spotted a $3 charge she didn't recognize. Her cable company said it was a new state tax. Nona wants to know: Can they do that? Can the state just slip new taxes into your cable bill? It won't come as a surprise to cable and satellite TV customers that fees and taxes make up a hefty portion of their bill. For example, there's the Universal Connectivity Charge, state and local 911 taxes, state and local sales taxes, state communications taxes.