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The end of Half Moon Bay?
San Mateo County Times ^ | Updated: 08/28/2010 03:53:43 AM PDT | By Julia Scott

Posted on 08/28/2010 6:57:20 AM PDT by granite

HALF MOON BAY -- Between budget losses and lawsuit payments, Half Moon Bay's financials have become so dire that if a local sales tax measure doesn't pass this November, officials say they may have to disincorporate.

City leaders have been using the "D" word for a few weeks now as they try to persuade voters to pass Measure K, a one-cent sales tax increase that would help the city balance its budget with an extra infusion of $1.4 million per year for the next seven years.

Dissolving Half Moon Bay -- handing the city's budget, operations and services to San Mateo County -- would be an absolute last resort, but the city may not have many other options left, City Councilman John Muller said.

"The council has done everything in its power to keep the city whole," Muller said. "If it doesn't pass, we could seriously not be in business much longer."

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: boohoo; broke; halfmoonbay; landgrab; landgrabboohoo; propertyrights; sanmateocounty; taxes; wetlands
This would be only the second time a city would be dissolved. The first was Cabazon.
1 posted on 08/28/2010 6:57:23 AM PDT by granite
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To: granite

So disincorporate. Problem solved.


2 posted on 08/28/2010 7:03:30 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102
I wonder if we can do that for Chicago. Just dissolve the city, fire all its employees and start over from scratch. It is probably the only way to get rid of Mayor for life Daley.
3 posted on 08/28/2010 7:07:01 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: pnh102

lawsuit payments ??? another example why we need tort reform . furlough workers like the govinator take vehicles away from workers cut junkets or just milk the teat of the tax payer typical democrat


4 posted on 08/28/2010 7:10:42 AM PDT by mt tom (WE)
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To: pnh102

I agree. Let the city officials put themselves and all the voters they have bought over the years, out of business. Start over.


5 posted on 08/28/2010 7:12:16 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: pnh102

Pass the buck up to San Mateo County, they can then carry the burden of the legal fees in Chapter 9. I’m sure that’s where a lot of local governments in CA are headed. And it’s basically the only way to reduce pension costs.


6 posted on 08/28/2010 7:12:56 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: GonzoGOP

Mayor for life?
I thought the Daleys had a dynasty.
Daleys forever will rule Chicago.


7 posted on 08/28/2010 7:25:00 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy.)
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To: granite

My Yahoo pointed me to the article and I read it just before your posting. The article makes it seem like “poor little HMB had a problem with a Beachwood lawsuit.” Read the lengthy reader comment on the history of Beachwood — the typical arrogant city behavior in the 90’s will turn your stomach.

The city granted a developer rights to build a subdivision on the 24 acre Beachwood parcel just north of town. They made him pay $1.5 million to add sewers and widen Hwy 1. Then they did an about face and decided “no more growth” by banning any new sewer connections. The developer’s property value sank tens of millions dollars and he lost the value of the improvements he made as well. The city seemingly cherry-picked environmental rules to claim that there were “wetlands” so the property couldn’t be improved. There were arguments that the city actually created the wetlands to win their case. A series of lawsuits ultimately led to an out of court settlement against the city.

The city brought all this on by itself.


8 posted on 08/28/2010 7:29:51 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: granite
From the article,
Dolder [City Manager] ticks off the drawbacks of disincorporation: a county-controlled police department; sporadic road maintenance; no City Council to whom to complain; and no recreation department to offer yoga classes or soccer workshops.
I'm weeping for these poor folks.
9 posted on 08/28/2010 7:43:30 AM PDT by upchuck (The Mosque at Ground Zero (sorry AP) is about SUBMISSION, not tolerance.)
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Didn’t Vallejo already declare bankruptcy in an attempt to shed itself of pension obligations and it didn’t work? I suppose somewhere not too far down the line the people who Californians look down their noses at will be asked to bail them out. What a shame, how is an idiot kid suppose to ever grow up if you don’t teach them about responsibility?


10 posted on 08/28/2010 7:57:13 AM PDT by Hayride
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To: granite

Greenies will lie, cheat, steal and disembowel to get their agenda across. In Tampa a number of years ago, the city set up a rebate program to reimburse everyone who put in new low-flush toilets for the cost of changing out the new units. My Dad called the city first to verify that the program would pay him and was told yes. Turns out they funded this multi-million dollar rebate program with something less than $100,000. It was out of money in two weeks and was already out of money at the time Dad called. They didn’t even make an effort to re-fund the program but kept advertising it anyway. My Dad submitted the paperwork and was told he’d be put on the list in case the program was funded again. Of course he never got paid.

I’ve since known people who were duped into insulating or buying solar-what-have-you’s. One guy who finally got reimbursed for his $40,000 investment in solar panels six months late by “stimulus” money. He was just damned lucky. When he told me about it, he said, in sarcasm, “Oh, by the way, thank you for paying for my solar panels.”

I once interviewed the president of Arvida, formerly St. Joe’s Paper products. He had a huge map of Tallahassee on his wall and he pointed out the street improvements 20 miles away from his Southwood development that he’d had to fund; along with a host of unrelated greenie projects. All of this to get his building permits and plans approved. He called it extortion. I have to agree. Politicians who do this and the people who elect them deserve whatever they get.


11 posted on 08/28/2010 8:02:26 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: granite; martin_fierro
That's what happens when you f*** with your citizens for trying to use their property and they sue you for $16 million in inverse condemnation.

The threat is is the County takes over. The thug greenies would like nothing better. My bet is they'll find a way to take their water. It's for the fishies you know...

Kinda fitting, isn't it?

12 posted on 08/28/2010 8:26:12 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: mt tom
lawsuit payments ??? another example why we need tort reform .

Better STFU unless you know what you are talking about. This one was legit. They city messed with a guy who wanted to develop his property until he sued them for a taking. IIRC, they even diverted water across it to wreck its usefulness and then held him up for rare plants.

13 posted on 08/28/2010 8:29:12 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: granite

So what will happen to the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay?


14 posted on 08/28/2010 8:29:43 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: granite

As the money grabbing gets tighter, the shills for higher taxes get shriller.


15 posted on 08/28/2010 8:35:52 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: granite

This is what happens when liberal run cities.


16 posted on 08/28/2010 8:43:25 AM PDT by joinedafterattack
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To: granite

Maybe the person that bought the winning $113 million lottery ticket there yesterday will bail the city out!


17 posted on 08/28/2010 8:49:24 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Correct that, $133 million.


18 posted on 08/28/2010 8:52:11 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
The city brought all this on by itself.

Damn betcha!

Neither the loony left residents nor the city management should get any sympathy whatsoever.

19 posted on 08/28/2010 9:03:49 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignoran>ce on Parade)
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To: okie01
Today's Half Moon Bay residents would be required to assume the debt burden of Beachwood bond payments, which would likely be added as a lien on their properties, according to Assistant County Controller Bob Adler.

Fully deserved. The city government was completely to blame for attempting to ruin the developer. The people went along with them for years.

20 posted on 08/28/2010 9:41:27 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: granite
It never crossed their mind to cut spending.

Not once.

21 posted on 08/28/2010 10:09:50 AM PDT by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: Carry_Okie
Better STFU unless you know what you are talking about. This one was legit. They city messed with a guy who wanted to develop his property until he sued them for a taking. IIRC, they even diverted water across it to wreck its usefulness and then held him up for rare plants.

This points out that winning the House & Senate does not guarantee anything unless you house clean all in the departments.

22 posted on 08/28/2010 10:58:28 AM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: granite
HMB only incorporated in 1959. If they disincorporate they will save a lot of money. Just have a township Board of Trustees, a couple of police, and a volunteer fire department. That's how we do it in the midwest. Works like a charm.
23 posted on 08/28/2010 11:01:48 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Digger

“This points out that winning the House & Senate does not guarantee anything unless you house clean all in the departments.”

You said it. it CANNOT be “business as usual”. There are programs and bureaucracies that don’t need “rolling back” or “trimming” in government; they simply need to be disemboweled and/or dismembered.


24 posted on 08/28/2010 11:49:41 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I remember that. There were a lot of posts on FR about it.


25 posted on 08/28/2010 1:24:56 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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Those illegal land grabs can be expensive.

26 posted on 08/28/2010 2:21:34 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Half Moon Bay? You mean...you mean....Dean Koontz is going to have to BUY it to save it???


27 posted on 08/28/2010 2:25:07 PM PDT by Monkey Face (If you think health care is expensive now, wait till it's free.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

“Works like a charm” — But what about the city-run yoga program. How will they do without that? You are so heartless. /s


28 posted on 08/28/2010 2:52:09 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
The city brought all this on by itself.

Yep!

I followed the same path you did to learn about the Beachwood lawsuit. So much for poor HMB victims. Did you notice the judge that ruled in the 36 million dollar judgment? The same schmuck (Vaughn Walker) that just ruled against Prop 8 (gay marriage).

29 posted on 08/28/2010 4:41:00 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("California just got the best politicians money can buy." -- AuntB, June 9, 2010)
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To: Carry_Okie
IIRC, they even diverted water across it to wreck its usefulness and then held him up for rare plants.

If it's wet, that makes it a wetland, right?
(Ducking -- just kidding.)

I was just reading about the lawsuit. Sounds like the city government screwed themselves (and their residents).

30 posted on 08/28/2010 4:44:31 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("California just got the best politicians money can buy." -- AuntB, June 9, 2010)
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To: calcowgirl
Yup. The quickest way out of this mess would be to hand the guy his permits and beg him to build, but in this market he might well have a case anyway, as a good $10 million of the value he would have realized has evaporated.
31 posted on 08/28/2010 4:50:22 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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