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  • Wealthy exodus to escape new tax rules worries California Democrats

    01/18/2018 6:35:38 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 55 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/18/2018 | ADAM ASHTON
    The Republican-backed federal tax bill flipped the tables on a never-ending question for California politicians: Will high taxes lead the state’s wealthiest residents to flee the Golden State for the comparable tax havens of Florida, Nevada and Texas? Republicans reliably raise that alarm when Democrats advocate for tax increases, like the 2012 and 2016 ballot initiatives that levied a new income tax on very high-earning residents. But now, with the federal tax bill cutting off deductions that benefited well-off Californians, the state’s Democrats suddenly are singing the GOP song about a potential millionaire exodus. “People with higher incomes pay a...
  • Obama pleads for Californians, Latinos, young people to get coverage under new health care law

    06/11/2013 2:03:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 88 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/ | 6/7/13
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — President Barack Obama on Friday encouraged the uninsured or those paying high prices for health insurance to sign up for coverage under his health care law and urged opponents to stop wasting time continuing to fighting its implementation. Obama used a trip to California to highlight how the state is implementing the Affordable Care Act and rebut continuing criticism over his signature legislative achievement. He touted an effort in the state to recruit Hispanics in particular to the health care exchanges that are being created to help millions of now-uninsured consumers afford coverage.
  • More than half of Californians say they know nothing about landmark global-warming law

    08/02/2012 9:26:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/2/12 | Dana Hull
    California's landmark global-warming bill was a white-hot topic in the 2010 governor's race and remains former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature environmental achievement. But as the state prepares to unroll the law's cap-and-trade program in November with the first state auctions of emissions permits, a new poll finds that 57 percent of Californians say they have never heard anything about the program. The statewide poll by the Public Policy Institute of California further found that 30 percent of respondents said they had heard "a little," while just 12 percent said they had heard "a lot." "Cap-and-trade is a very complicated issue...
  • Tech firms' data gathering worries most Californians, poll finds

    04/01/2012 9:59:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/1/12 | David Sarno
    California's high-tech firms make the world's most popular smartphones, social networks and search engines, but there's one asset they're struggling to build: trust. The vast majority of Californians surveyed in a statewide poll are worried about the data collected by Internet and smartphone companies, and most said they distrust even firms known for their ardent fans and tens of millions of daily users. Many of those surveyed in the latest USC Dornsife/Times poll also said they were wary of firms collecting personal information without their knowledge and concerned that personal data could become public or be harvested to sell them...
  • Snow strands pueblo people, livestock ( NM )

    12/31/2011 3:22:49 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    KRQE news ^ | 30 Dec 2011 | Bob Martin
    At Acoma pueblo thousands of cattle and even a few residents are still stranded by deep snow. The pueblo continues to dig out from last week's blizzards. Most of the 3,000 cattle on the Acoma pueblo have been isolated since the storms last week with no extra feed or access to unfrozen water. Ranch hands have not been able to get out there as the extreme cold of the high country keeps the deep snow from melting. Tractor crews are attacking it, but there are miles to go. Not only is access important for care of the livestock, but many...
  • Sheriff's Office says dogs attacked Tonopah woman

    12/16/2011 2:41:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sheriff Joe's Office says Tonopah woman was attacked Friday by a pack of dogs.
  • Arizona man sentenced for shooting his car

    07/07/2011 8:35:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    AP ^ | July 7, 2011
    <p>KINGMAN, Ariz.—A western Arizona man has received a three-month sentence after authorities say he shot his Camaro because it wouldn't start and then refused to come out of his home.</p>
  • Dozens of U.S. ( Democrat )Cities Lose Half Their Population In A Generation...

    02/09/2011 10:10:39 AM PST · by Leisler · 87 replies · 1+ views
    Manufacturing and Technology News ^ | March 31, 2010 | Richard A. McCormack
    "Dozens of American cities throughout the industrial Great Lakes states and Midwest have lost half of their populations over the course of one generation -- places like Cleveland, Youngstown, Detroit, Warren, Buffalo and Flint. This is the first time that so many cities have lost half of their populations in such a short amount of time since the Plague struck Europe in 1348........."
  • Californians support vote on tax measure: (Field) poll (electorate prepared to commit democide?)

    01/27/2011 8:50:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/27/11 | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A majority of Californians back Governor Jerry Brown's plan to ask them to extend tax increases to help close a $25.4 billion state budget gap, poll results released on Wednesday showed. Brown, a Democrat sworn in to a third term earlier this month as leader of America's most populous state, wants lawmakers to help him put a measure to voters in June that would propose extending tax increases that expire this year to raise money for California's cash-strapped government. Revenue from tax extensions, $12.5 billion in spending cuts and other moves would balance the state's books...
  • 3.5 million Californians would be eligible for healthcare tax credits, study finds

    10/05/2010 10:26:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 10/5/10 | Duke Helfand
    The federal credits, provided under the nation's healthcare overhaul, would help low- and middle-income people slash the cost of coverage through a new state health insurance marketplace. An estimated 3.5 million Californians would be eligible for federal tax credits to slash the cost of their health coverage when they begin buying policies through a new statewide insurance marketplace in 2014, a study released Tuesday found. Under the nation's healthcare overhaul, tax credits will be available to low- and middle-income people once insurers begin selling policies through state-based insurance exchanges like the one being set up in California. The federal law...
  • Feds say two Californians tried to smuggle grenade launchers to Mexico

    10/04/2010 5:47:48 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 9 replies ^ | October 4, 2010 | Unattributed
         EL CENTRO, Calif. (CN) - Federal prosecutors charged two 21-year-old men with trying to buy grenade launchers, 40mm grenades and an M-4 rifle and export them to Mexico. Yoahjan Lara Flores, of Heber, Calif., and Arturo Lara, of El Centro, were arrested last week and pleaded not guilty. 
     Lara Flores also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted in 2009 of importing marijuana and was on supervised release when he was arrested, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
     Mexico has complained - to little effect - that many of the guns used in the...
  • Californians have the opportunity to fix state

    01/02/2010 7:23:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,443+ views ^ | 1/2/10 | John Grubb
    A once-in-a-generation voter revolt is brewing. This revolt is growing quickly and will test the very ideals of democracy to fix a state that has fallen far and fast. The movement for a constitutional convention offers Californians who passionately love their state a chance to cease armchair criticism and instead stand up to lead. The cause of the revolt is obvious, .. Our public schools, once the nation's best, are now among the worst. Our crumbling transportation and water systems were the envy of the world just a generation ago. Our business climate is ranked among the lowest in the...
  • Californians asked to spend more during unprecedented spree of water spending

    11/24/2009 8:52:06 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 513+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 11/24/09 | Mike Taugher -CoCoTimes
    Supporters of a proposed $11 billion water bond say the money is urgently needed to fix California's water supply problems, yet billions of dollars in previous bond money still hasn't been spent, according to the California treasurer. About half of the $20 billion in water and levee improvement bonds passed since 2000 was unspent as of July, according to the State Treasurer's Office most recent report on debt affordability. It is unclear how much of that money is actually available for new efforts, since lawmakers have appropriated billions for specific projects, according to Jason Dickerson, debt service analyst for the...

    10/12/2009 9:21:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 657+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 10/12/09 | Jon Coupal - HJTA
    When Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen remarked a half-century ago, “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money,” it was said with a sense of irony. I offer this clarification because a billion dollars no longer has the impact that it once had. Now with a former senator from Illinois occupying the White House, the federal government is throwing trillions of dollars around as if it were nickels. Still, for the average taxpayer, whether it is billion dollars or a trillion dollars, it’s a mind numbing amount. When the Legislature approved $12.6 billion in new...
  • Whitman: 'Californians want to trust their leaders again'

    09/22/2009 8:15:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 1,314+ views ^ | 9/22/09 | Joe Garofoli
    Billionaire former eBay CEO and political neophyte Meg Whitman officially announced her candidacy for California governor today in Orange County, vowing to cut 40,000 state government jobs and lower taxes. The 53-year-old Atherton resident, who registered as a Republican in 2007, told supporters in Fullerton that "Californians want to trust their leaders again. They want to be told the truth. "And most of all," she said, "they want to live in a place of opportunity and optimism, not a place of small dreams and scaled-down ambitions." Whitman will battle state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Rep. Tom Campbell in...
  • Democrats offer Californians a deal: Hike car tax, save state parks

    06/15/2009 9:23:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 1,323+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/15/09 | Mike Zapler
    SACRAMENTO — In a bid to avoid mass closures of state parks, Assembly Democrats on Monday offered a financial trade-off: Pay an additional $15 to register your car, and in return, the state will waive vehicle entry fees at all state parks for anyone with a California license plate. The proposal, outlined by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, is part of a sweeping budget plan Democrats aim to unveil this week and vote on as early as next week. ... But Bass said the majority party would also push for at least a handful of tax increases. In addition...
  • Californians have gotten recalls out of their system

    12/15/2008 8:09:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 490+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/15/08 | Mark Z. Barabak
    Reporting from Yuba City -- Five years ago, Donnette Shaffer was one of nearly 5 million Californians who did something unprecedented: she voted to fire Gray Davis, just months after he had been reelected governor. Now she wonders why she bothered. "I was thinking that we needed to do something before the ship totally sank," the 35-year-old postal carrier said last week as she ended her shift at Yuba City's downtown post office. A Republican, Shaffer voted to recall Democrat Davis and replace him with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. For a time, she was pleased with the new GOP governor, who...
  • CA: (Field Poll) Record number of Californians report being financially worse off

    07/25/2008 8:45:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 106+ views
    Field Poll ^ | 7/25/08 | Field Poll
    Record number of Californians report being financially worse off. Most do not expect improvement next year. - A record number of Californians (63%) report being financially worse off than they were a year ago. In no previous Field Poll survey in nearly fifty years of polling – covering several previous economic recession periods – has more than 50% described their financial condition so negatively. In addition, most voters foresee no improvement in their personal finances next year. There has also been a deterioration in Californians' appraisal of the state's economy. At present 86% of voters feel California is in bad...
  • Californians' power bills to bankroll climate institute

    04/11/2008 9:45:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 61+ views ^ | 4/11/08 | Janis Mara
    Are you willing to pay 12 to 30 cents more a month on your utility bill for an institute coordinating energy and climate change technology research across the state? Actually, you don't have a choice. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the $600 million California Institute for Climate Solutions, which will be paid for by money from ratepayers' monthly electric bills, to the tune of $60 million a year. The institute aims to speed up research into cutting greenhouse gas emissions, such as auto exhaust, that contribute to pollution. This work is already under way at laboratories...
  • Poll: Just a quarter of Californians open to supporting Bloomberg

    01/25/2008 9:19:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 74+ views
    THE RACE: Bloomberg in the presidential race in California --- THE NUMBERS - Would consider supporting Bloomberg for president in 2008 All voters, 25 percent Democrats, 23 percent Republicans, 20 percent Independents/others, 38 percent --- THE NUMBERS - See a Bloomberg independent candidacy as good for the country All voters, 29 percent Democrats, 25 percent Republicans, 25 percent Independents/others, 47 percent --- OF INTEREST: Presidential speculation has swirled around New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg since he switched from Republican to independent last year. But Californians do not have an automatic positive response to Bloomberg, who made billions with his self-named...