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June 14, 1991
In voting to impose a $55 fee on non-residents who use the Thousand Oaks Library, City Council member Judy Lazar said: "We are asking our own residents to subsidize the use of the library without recompense from any other area." Is not the sales tax revenue generated by non-residents shopping in Thousand Oaks recompense? We pay sales taxes to the city but receive no benefits for that money. If Thousand Oaks will not subsidize non-resident use of the library, non-residents should stop subsidizing the city treasury.
April 15, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Most Californians can't afford their rent. The state's affordability crisis has worsened since the recession, as soaring home prices and rents outpace job and income growth. Meanwhile, government funds to combat the problem have evaporated. Local redevelopment agencies once generated roughly $1 billion annually for below-market housing across California, but the roughly 400 agencies closed in 2012 to ease a state budget crisis. In addition, almost $5 billion from state below-market housing bonds, approved by voters last decade, is nearly gone.
July 11, 1992
The one and only reason I might vote for George Bush is that the country is already in bad enough shape without having to subsidize yet another former President and his family. MILT GROSS Beverly Hills
March 5, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Martha Groves
From the balcony of her Crescent Drive apartment, Shari Able takes in the luxurious view - a picture-postcard panorama of the homes of Beverly Hills. Her home sits above a Whole Foods stocked with organic kabocha squash and Dungeness crabs. Rodeo Drive's boutiques are a brisk walk away. But the 74-year-old is quick to warn elderly suitors who think her 90210 ZIP Code means a cushy bank account. Her federally subsidized apartment costs her roughly $200 a month, she said. "I told one guy from Long Beach, 'I live in Beverly Hills, but it's the only HUD building in Beverly Hills,'" Able recalled one morning over coffee and madeleines.
October 10, 1993
Concerning the school voucher initiative, after careful review I believe I know the real bottom line: Once again the poor are asked to subsidize the rich. EDWARD D. BOTTOM Diamond Bar
August 22, 1986
And so the American people were called upon to subsidize the shipment of wheat to Russia at below world market prices so that Russia in turn could afford to supply Nicaragua with war materials, which then in turn caused the American people to subsidize a war against Nicaragua for using those materials. And this, my children, is the fable of the great American foreign policy. BURTON HENRY Monterey Park
April 25, 1999
Re "Gas Cost Has SUV Drivers Fuming; Electric-Car Owners Not Shocked," April 11: Those of us who don't drive electric vehicles have a lot to fume about. We, in the guise of the state and federal governments, subsidize their purchase; we subsidize their manufacture; we pay about 40 cents per gallon [taxes] plus sales tax, which now runs about 12 cents more per gallon for a total of 52 cents per gallon at $1.60 pump price, almost 33%. Electric vehicle owners pay no fuel taxes, and if they charge at home overnight they get lower-cost electricity.
June 27, 1997
You are absolutely right to urge the Los Angeles Unified School District to get out of the real estate development business in connection with the Belmont Learning Center project (editorial, June 15). While there may be a crying need for additional multifamily housing and/or a supermarket in that particular neighborhood, the LAUSD has no business using taxpayers' funds that are intended for educational purposes to subsidize apartments or supermarkets. The LAUSD claims that the noneducational aspects of the Belmont project will subsidize its operations.
February 19, 2004
Re "Junk-Food Boycott Could Make a Big, Fat Difference," Opinion, Feb. 15: I disagree. Such a boycott would never catch on among the junk-food eaters. A much more practical solution would be to establish a two-tier system of health insurance. Since smoking and obesity are deemed to be "personal choices," those who do not choose them should not be forced to subsidize the medical insurance for those who do. Anyone who smokes or is obese should be required to pay triple insurance premiums (including for Medicare)
September 7, 1989
Benjamin Zycher, economist and scholar, writes "The Mystery of Prop. 103 Is Why the Voters Bought Such Outrageous Claims" (Op-Ed Page, Aug. 25), extolling the virtues of the insurance industry and decrying us deluded folk who voted for Prop. 103. Either Zycher is living in a dream world or he is in the pay of the insurance companies or he is just plain stupid. Zycher says, "Some consumers will be forced to subsidize other consumers." Of course we do. Consumers always subsidize other consumers.
January 5, 2014 | By George P. Shultz, Scott W. Atlas and John F. Cogan
As the acute problems of the Affordable Care Act become increasingly apparent, it also has become clear that we need new ways of ensuring access to healthcare for all Americans. We should begin with an examination of health insurance. Insurance is about protecting against risk. In the health arena, the risk at issue is of large and unexpected medical expenses. The proper role of health insurance should be to finance necessary and expensive medical services without the patient incurring devastating financial consequences.
December 19, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Toward the end of September, I found myself in a meeting room at Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York with planners from a variety of book fairs (Miami, Trinidad, Texas, Australia) discussing audience and cooperation and outreach. It was the morning after the Brooklyn Book Festival, which had drawn tens of thousands, and the atmosphere was upbeat, marked by excitement, even relief. Economics remained an issue (how to attract and pay for writers, how to advertise and promote) but there was no lamenting, no sense that things might be shutting down.
October 8, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Facing the prospect of a prolonged federal government shutdown, Gov. Jerry Brown will soon need to decide if the state will shoulder the cost to keep running federal programs used by millions of Californians. State officials say there's no guarantee that critical social services in California - such as food stamps, subsidized school meals and nutrition assistance for pregnant women and infants - could run without interruption in November. The Brown administration has not yet said if it plans to plug the gaps for social programs at the end of the month.
September 22, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Of the many issues hanging over the proposal to burrow enormous tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and replumb the hub of California's water system, the one most likely to make or break the $25-billion project is money. Just who, exactly, is going to pay for it? The San Joaquin Valley irrigation districts and urban water agencies in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area that get water supplies from the delta have promised to pick up most of the tab, with federal and state taxpayers paying the rest.
September 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING - If Nicole Zhou reflects how the Chinese feel about Apple Inc.'s latest iPhones, the technology giant may have a huge struggle on its hands winning consumers over in the world's biggest smartphone market. One day after the Cupertino, Calif., company unveiled two new iPhone models - the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back - 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a Samsung Galaxy S4 instead.
August 2, 2013 | By Christopher Goffard
A 38-year-old Aliso Viejo woman is charged with setting fires in her taxpayer-subsidized residences, fraudulently collecting the insurance money, and cheating on welfare. Authorities said that in August 2009, Andrea Michelle Robinson set a fire in a bedroom of the Rancho Santa Margarita home where she was living while her 12-year-old daughter was asleep in another room, and collected $25,000 in insurance for the damage. In 2011 and 2012, authorities said, she set fires at her residences in Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel.
November 27, 2008
Re "America's muscle: Detroit steel," Opinion, Nov. 23 Every time the bill comes to renew my subscription to The Times, I wonder if this is the time to cancel -- then I come across an article such as Ellen Slezak's, and I renew. The story she tells reminds us of the importance of the auto industry to families across America and the decent future for them that the bailout will help ensure. I support the bailout, although I feel it must come with new ideas. For example, the bailout should subsidize buying up American-made SUVs and replacing them with high-gas-mileage, low-pollution station wagons -- possibly hybrids.
February 16, 2003
Re "College Aid Opens Doors," Jan. 25: Why didn't you just title this op-ed piece "We Favor Even More Money For Illegal Aliens," since that's what you're really asking for? Your logic seems to be that because so many illegals are poor, the taxpayers of California (those who don't work "off the books," which is also illegal) should subsidize them even more than we already do. Apparently the editorial board of The Times thinks that free K-12 education, medical and social services are not enough, and that now we owe them a free college education as well!
August 2, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
The movie "42" arrived in theaters this spring swaddled snugly in the American flag. Studio marketers declared the film to be "the true story of an American legend. " With good reason: It's hard to find a more uplifting sports story than Jackie Robinson's battle against racism on his way to becoming one of the greatest ballplayers in history. "42" evoked its bygone era by filming extensively in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The filmmakers collected millions in subsidies from those states' taxpayers, who proudly followed the production via local newspaper stories detailing its step-by-step progress from location to location.
June 28, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Richard Winton and Frank Shyong
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies harassed and intimidated blacks, Latinos and other residents in the Antelope Valley, the U.S. Justice Department has concluded after a two-year investigation. Federal officials found a pattern of sheriff's deputies using unreasonable force, intimidation and "widespread" unlawful detentions and searches. Many of the findings involved residents who received low-income subsidized housing. The allegations mark another setback for a troubled department that is also the subject of a federal investigation into deputy misconduct and brutality in the jail system.
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