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  • Democrats lose super-majority in CA Assembly (and Senate)

    11/08/2014 9:28:56 AM PST · by fifedom · 9 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | John Hrabe
    Republicans, who have already blocked a Democratic super-majority in the California Senate, have also succeeded in defeating a Democratic super-majority in the Assembly.
  • Democrats get supermajority in (California) Legislature - (Say Goodbye to Prop 13)

    11/07/2012 10:52:48 AM PST · by So Cal Rocket · 59 replies
    SF Chronical ^ | 11/7/12 | Marisa Lagos
    California Democrats appear to have picked up a supermajority in both houses of the state Legislature Tuesday night, a surprise outcome that gives the party the ability to unilaterally raise taxes and leaves Republicans essentially irrelevant in Sacramento. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Democrats-get-supermajority-in-Legislature-4015861.php#ixzz2BZ1jgHgh
  • Property Rights Bill Provides Protection for Virginia Landowners

    01/22/2014 5:09:22 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | January 22, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced a bill that would give farmers and landowners’ property rights remedies against local zoning laws. The bill is inspired by the Martha Boneta debacle last year. But unlike last year’s “Boneta Bill,” HB1219 extends beyond farmers to anyone who owns property. The bill also tackles other issues such as the constitutional rights of farmers. HB1219 says that local governments that violate constitutional rights through zoning must pay their victims the amount of the fines they sought to impose and the actual damages, including attorney fees. The bill also allows the Virginia Attorney General to...
  • Market Closing Prop. 13 Commercial Property Tax Gap

    01/07/2014 12:40:49 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 2 replies
    Calwatchdog.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Almost 36 years after it was passed by voters, controversy continues to swirl around Proposition 13, the 1978 tax limitation measure. Periodic calls to repeal or modify it, supposedly to gain more tax revenue, so far have gone nowhere. The main objection is that it’s unfair because homeowners — and especially businesses – that have held their properties for decades pay less in property tax than new property owners. Prop. 13 assesses taxes at 1 percent of value, plus a maximum of 2 percent more per year due to property value increases and inflation. Property is reassessed when it changes...
  • 35 years ago today, California voters passed Prop. 13

    06/06/2013 5:54:58 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 20 replies
    SF Gate ^ | June 6, 2013 | Lois Kazakoff
    No initiative mounted by the public has brought more change to California than Proposition 13, which voters passed 35 years ago today. Did it keep the middle class in their rapidly appreciating homes or set the stage for the struggling public schools and crumbling public infrastructure California has today? Californians cling tightly to both views.
  • PROP 13 TAX LOOPHOLE STORY IS AN URBAN MYTH

    05/08/2013 9:32:28 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 5 replies
    Calwatchdog.com ^ | May 8, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Stuart Lieberman, a real estate attorney in New Jersey, once said the following about wording in a deed that allowed construction on open space designated land: “That’s not a loophole; it’s the Lincoln Tunnel.” Lieberman made what appeared to be a loophole in a deed understandable through a concrete example. In the same way, the widely disseminated urban myth in California that there is a mysterious tax loophole in Proposition 13 for owners of commercial properties needs to be simply explained so that the public can understand that there is no such loophole. A recent news article in the May...
  • CA State Senate Target Races

    09/15/2012 10:02:43 AM PDT · by fifedom · 9 replies
    Fox&Hounds ^ | September 11th, 2012 | Allan Hoffenblum
    Last week, Darrell Steinberg, the president pro term of the Senate, announced that he would skip the Democratic National Convention to focus on trying to win the two seats needed to give his party a two-thirds, 27-seat Senate majority. Looking at the senate races in play, the odds are in his favor.
  • Censorship rears its ugly head in California Senate

    08/10/2012 9:13:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/10/12 | Dan Walters
    Let's not mince words about what the state Senate's Democratic leader did Wednesday. It was self-serving censorship, the sort of thing that one expects from tinpot dictators, not from those who fancy themselves to be progressive civil libertarians. Someone acting for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg suddenly cut off cable television access to a legislative hearing to air facts and arguments about pending ballot measures. The Senate Governance and Finance Committee called the hearing – as required by law – into three tax increases (Propositions 30, 38 and 39) and altering the state's budgetary procedures (Proposition 31). As it...
  • Prop. 13 must be part of the tax reform debate

    03/12/2012 9:32:02 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/12/12 | Editor
    No single politician is going to change Proposition 13, the iconic 1978 initiative that slashed property taxes, anytime soon. It's easy to understand why. A Field Poll last September showed that 34 years after its passage, voters by a ratio of more than 2-to-1, 63 percent to 29 percent, support Proposition 13. However, support narrows when the question is limited to altering commercial property taxes. Starting today, a handful of political leaders and advocates are reopening a conversation about aspects of the system of assessing property taxes on businesses. That's an important step. This coming November, Gov. Jerry Brown will...
  • AM Alert: Can California change its third rail of taxation? { Prop 13 }

    03/12/2012 9:29:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/12/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    That sizzle you hear today may come from Room 126 in the Capitol, where elected leaders and tax experts will touch the third rail of California politics, Proposition 13. The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee will hold a 1:30 p.m. oversight hearing examining whether the state should tighten rules defining when businesses must have their property reassessed. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, believes businesses take advantage of loopholes to save hundreds of millions of dollars. He is pursuing legislation, Assembly Bill 448, that would trigger more frequent reassessments of commercial property. Besides Ammiano, others scheduled to testify include Los Angeles...
  • Overturning of Prop. 13 sought in lawsuit

    12/28/2011 2:04:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/28/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Proposition 13, which revolutionized government financing in California by slashing property taxes and erecting new barriers to other state and local tax increases, was upheld by the state Supreme Court soon after it passed in 1978, seemingly ending all questions about its legality. But a team of lawyers headed by a former federal appeals court judge has sued to overturn a crucial provision of Prop. 13 - the requirement of a two-thirds legislative vote to raise state taxes. The lawyers argue that the two-thirds requirement has been undermined by more recent decisions of the state's high court. In particular, they...
  • Prop. 13 still highly popular, poll finds

    09/23/2011 8:00:17 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/23/11 | David Siders
    Occasional rumblings around the Capitol about changing Proposition 13 aren't likely to amount to much anytime soon: The landmark tax-limiting measure is about as widely popular today as when it passed in 1978, according to a new Field Poll. By a greater than 2-to-1 ratio, with 63 percent support, California voters would endorse the measure if it were up for a vote again today, according to the poll. "It's still the third rail of California politics," poll director Mark DiCamillo said. "It's really an untouchable. Tinkering with Proposition 13 would probably be done at a politician's own peril." Approved by...
  • Los Angeles Mayor Targets California Tax Law in ‘Grand Bargain’

    08/17/2011 9:16:11 PM PDT · by americanophile · 47 replies
    Businessweek ^ | August 17, 2011 | James Nash and Christopher Palmeri
    Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proposed dismantling California’s Proposition 13, which helped begin a nationwide anti-tax movement, in favor of a “grand bargain” that would boost levies on business property. The Democrat who leads California’s largest city called on Governor Jerry Brown not to shrink from making sweeping changes in state tax laws that Villaraigosa, 58, said could produce as much as $36 billion a year in new revenue. Villaraigosa urged the removal of Proposition 13’s limits on commercial-property assessments while retaining its cap for homes. The mayor said boosting tax revenue in the most-populous state...
  • More, More, More

    08/17/2011 5:15:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | August 16, 2011 | Staff
    California: Taking a break from leading his city down the path of economic decline, the mayor of Los Angeles lectures the state on how to squeeze more tax revenue out of business. Given his track record, Antonio Villaraigosa hardly seems the one to give advice on how to get California moving again. His city, where he's been chief executive for six years, has been a drag on the state. Its jobless rate (13.9% in 2010) puts it at No. 44 worst among the nation's 50 largest cities. But to this mayor, leading a once-booming city deeper into decline must be...
  • Villaraigosa calls for overhaul of Proposition 13

    08/16/2011 3:43:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/16/11 | Dan Walters
    In what could be an initial foray into statewide politics, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Tuesday for a renewal of progressive politics in California in the nation, including an overhaul of the state's iconic limit on property taxes, Proposition 13. "Progressives have to start thinking - and acting - big again," Villaraigosa declared in prepared remarks for the Sacramento Press Club, to counteract anti-tax and anti-government drives by the Tea Party and other conservative blocs. "If the Tea Party in Washington and their counterparts here in Sacramento are intent on pitching jobs overboard in the mindless pursuit of ideology...
  • Jerry Brown says Proposition 13 could be tested if budget talks fail

    06/23/2011 8:15:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    La Times ^ | 6/23/11 | Anthony York - PolitiCal
    Gov. Jerry Brown hinted Thursday that if the budget talks with Republicans break down, the initiative fight that would follow would not be limited to Brown's plans to raise sales, vehicle and income taxes. He said he expects labor groups to pursue changes to Proposition 13, tweaking the current caps on commercial property taxes, if no bipartisan deal can be reached. "I would expect there will be efforts to accelerate the reassessment of commercial property tax," Brown said. During his remarks to about 250 apartment owners and developers at the Moscone Center on Thursday, he acknowledged some of his failures...
  • California Democrats Achieve a New Low in Use of Gimmicks to Pass a Phony Budget

    06/16/2011 11:01:17 AM PDT · by fifedom · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association ^ | June 15, 2011 | Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
    Today, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association blasted the phony budget proposed by the Democrat majority in the legislature. ... (They use)illegal maneuvers and gimmicks: a CALFire surcharge on home insurance policies is illegal; stealing of $1 billion from California’s First Five funds is illegal; the $1.2 billion .. from the sale of State office buildings has already been determined to be illegal. “If self-serving lawmakers attempt to circumvent Prop. 13 and the will of the people,” said Coupal, “We will see them in court.”
  • 1970s actions on prisons come back around to bite Gov. Brown

    05/24/2011 8:17:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/24/11 | Dan Walters
    History should record the late 1970s as an era of pivotal socioeconomic change in California – a new wave of inter- national migration, a shift from an industrial to a post-industrial economy, and a new baby boom. Political events also abounded, topped by passage of Proposition 13 but including collective bargaining for public employees, expansion of mail voting, a decline in major-party registration, and the eruption of crime as a powerful issue. By happenstance, Jerry Brown was governor as this socioeconomic tsunami crashed into California and played a central role in its political aspects. The crime issue was especially vexing...
  • A “Third Income Tax” To Fund Public Education?

    05/08/2011 7:24:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 129 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2011 | Austin Hill
    Unemployment is rising, the federal government is broke, and so are many of the states. Now more than ever America needs its various governments to exercise restraint, and to scale-back on spending. And in the midst of this environment a stunning proposal has emerged in the nearly insolvent state of California: a third income tax. The proposal is actually worse than a mere “additional” income tax – and I’ll explain this in a moment. First let’s look at the “other two” income taxes. For the record, if you’re an American and you work and you earn personal income, your U.S....
  • "Hi, I'm California, And I'm Addicted to Spending

    02/06/2011 5:06:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2011 | Austin Hill
    "Hi, I’m California, And I’m Addicted to Spending…"What a magnificent confession this would be, if only we could hear it collectively from our 31st state. Imagine -California emerges from its’ state of denial, and admits that it is addicted to government spending. And then, after acknowledging its’ addiction, envision the government of California coming to believe that a power greater than itself (the private sector) could restore its’ sanity, and then turning itself over to the care of that greater power, and, in so doing, checking itself into “rehab.” Psychobabble and twelve-step metaphors can only go so far. But in...
  • Jerry Brown on His First Stint as Governor: ‘It’s All a Lie. I Didn’t Have a Plan for California’

    10/25/2010 3:58:12 PM PDT · by library user · 45 replies
    This is must see. PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT: JERRY BROWN ON CNN 1992: "You run for office and, oh, the assumption is, I know what to do. You don't. I didn't have a plan for California. You say you're going to lower taxes, you say you're going to put people to work, you're going to improve the schools, you're going to stop crime. Crime is up, schools are worse, taxes are higher, I mean be real." Here is a direct link to the YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIlzYD4tk78
  • California Dreamin’

    10/25/2010 3:13:34 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 10-25-2010 | Eric Fry
    California Dreamin’ By Eric Fry 10/25/10 Laguna Beach, California – California’s Napa Valley gets the headlines, the wine-tasting awards and the black-tie charity dinners…California’s “Emerald Triangle” gets the cash. That’s right, the Golden State’s marijuana crop generates about $14 billion in revenue each year, and most of that revenue flows into the three main cannabis-growing counties of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity — aka, the Emerald Triangle. $14 billion may not seem like much, as it is roughly the same sum as the bonus pool at Goldman Sachs. On the other hand, $14 billion is larger than the GDP of Iceland,...
  • Fiorina Campaign Non-Responsive On Anti-Prop 13 Stance From 2000

    06/01/2010 7:24:20 PM PDT · by pissant · 4 replies · 284+ views
    Red County ^ | 5/26/10 | Matt Cunningham
    n the wake of Chip Hanlon's post about Carly Fiorina arguing in 2000 for passage of Prop. 26 -- which would have lowered the threshold for passing local school bonds from a two-thirds to a simple majority, and which lost 51.3% to 48.7% -- the Fiorina campaign sent us this response from spokeswoman Julie Soderlund: “Carly has said many times before that she’s going to run on her record, not away from it. Back in 2000, along with figures like Pete Wilson, she saw merit in enabling localities to vote for school construction bonds and only school construction bonds, in...
  • The Truth on Carly's Prop 13 Claim

    05/25/2010 3:17:30 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 35 replies · 1,112+ views
    25 May 2010 & 1 March 2000 | Joshua Treviño & Carly Fiorina
    The Truth on Carly's Prop 13 Claim Carly Fiorina directly attacked a cornerstone of California's conservative movement -- and one of the few institutional protections California's property owners enjoy. In short, she attacked Proposition 13. And there's proof. Below, I'm appending a rather interesting little op-ed from the March 2nd, 2000, San Jose Mercury-News. It's by one Carly Fiorina and John Doerr (then as now a venture capitalist and partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), and it enthusiastically endorses California's Proposition 26 of 2000. What was 2000's California Proposition 26? In brief, it was an attack on the provisions...
  • I Don't Care if She's Winning, Carly Must Explain This (Her position on Prop 26)

    05/25/2010 2:34:26 PM PDT · by theanchoragedailyruse · 16 replies · 348+ views
    Red County ^ | 05/25/10 | Chip Hanlon
    This post will likely be very cut-and-dry to California conservatives. Central to most GOP voters here is Prop 13, which capped property taxes at 1% of the value of a property, but even it allows for taxes to be raised beyond that level-- but only with a 2/3 vote of the people. For years, liberal spendthrifts and RINOs alike have sought to undermine this supermajority protection, which has arguably been the one thing that prevented this state from having been driven into a no-growth, overtaxed ditch long ago-- the one we maybe headed for, anyway. So, in 2000, a Prop...
  • CA: Tom McClintock Ballot Recommendations (June 8, 2010 primary election)

    05/14/2010 4:43:29 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 93 replies · 4,139+ views
    tommcclintock.com ^ | 14 May 2010
    On the Propositions: Prop. 13. Seismic Retrofits. YES: Earthquake proofing your house shouldn’t trigger a tax increase until you’re ready to sell. Any questions? Prop. 14. Distorted Primary. NO: This was the result of the corrupt deal for the tax increase engineered by Abel Maldonado that included this measure to by-pass party primaries in a manner Maldonado believed would enhance his future election prospects. Instead of voters of each party putting their best candidate forward, this jerry-rigged system is designed to disguise the difference between the parties and force those pesky third parties off the general election ballot entirely. Prop....
  • Ammiano carries bill to amend Prop. 13 rules

    05/11/2010 7:53:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 451+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/11/10 | Carolyn Said,Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writers
    With California mired in a budget crisis, some lawmakers are eyeing revisions to Proposition 13, the state's landmark law limiting property-tax increases, considered the untouchable third rail of California politics.Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, is sponsoring legislation that he said would stop commercial property owners from evading higher taxes when businesses change hands, a practice that he said deprives cash-strapped cities and counties of hundreds of millions of dollars."There's a loophole in the law, and it's morally incumbent upon us to close it ... so when businesses change ownership, there's no game-playing," Ammiano said Monday. His bill, AB2492, specifies when...
  • Prop. 13 should be on the table

    12/28/2009 7:48:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 25 replies · 861+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/28/9 | Joel Fox
    Frustration with a dysfunctional California government has spurred a movement to have the people, by initiative, call a state constitutional convention to rewrite the state's basic laws. But not all the laws. Advocates of the constitutional convention initiative hope to reduce opposition to the measure by declaring Proposition 13 off-limits from convention delegates' deliberations. Prop. 13 should not be taken off the table if and when a constitutional convention is called. How can it be, when the groundbreaking property tax reform measure is the central piece of the whole state and local governmental budget discussion? How many times has Prop....
  • Despite Its Woes, California's Dream Still Lives (barf alert)

    10/24/2009 4:11:53 PM PDT · by cold666pack · 41 replies · 1,351+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 10/23/09 | Michael Grunwald
    California, you may have heard, is an apocalyptic mess of raging wildfires, soaring unemployment, mass foreclosures and political paralysis. It's dysfunctional. It's ungovernable. Its bond rating is barely above junk. It's so broke, it had to hand out IOUs while its leaders debated how many prisoners to release and parks to close. Nevada aired ads mocking California's business climate to lure its entrepreneurs. The media portray California as a noir fantasyland of overcrowded schools, perpetual droughts, celebrity breakdowns, illegal immigration, hellish congestion and general malaise, captured in headlines like "Meltdown on the Ocean" and "California's Wipeout Economy" and "Will California...
  • LAT: A California constitutional convention for all

    08/23/2009 12:38:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,819+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/23/09 | Editorial
    It was a town hall, certainly, but without the sense of chaos, the hint of danger, that we've come to associate with the words "town hall" in recent weeks. No gun-toting patriots, no dark portents of tyranny. No energy, in fact, at least not at the start of things. It was a blazing July morning, a Saturday, and several hundred people were clustered around tables in a subterranean conference room at USC. They were talking about overthrowing the government, and trying to stay awake. It was taking awhile for the coffee to kick in. ... "A small group of extremists...
  • Dan Walters: Prop. 13 still sparks praise, ire

    07/26/2009 9:09:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies · 338+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/26/9 | Dan Walters
    Thirty-one years after its overwhelming enactment, Proposition 13, the historic property tax limit measure, continues to generate two reactions – continuing high support among voters, especially those owning homes, and continuing efforts, redoubled during this period of budgetary angst, to undo it. Poll after poll of voters have demonstrated Proposition 13's enduring popularity, which is why those on the political left have never dared to frontally seek repeal. Just a few years ago, liberal groups placed on the ballot a measure that, among other things, would have modified Proposition 13's requirement of a two-thirds legislative vote to raise state taxes,...
  • Proposition 13 isn't the problem

    07/09/2009 10:06:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 633+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/9/09 | Joel Fox
    The "Blame 13" chorus is at it again. You can always count on it to sing "It's all Proposition 13's fault" during difficult economic times. The story has gone national, with columns in Time magazine and the New York Times taking shots at Proposition 13. The attacks are probably best summed up by an editorial cartoon picturing Proposition 13 as the beginning of the end for California civilization. Let's get the facts straight. Despite the cap instituted by Proposition 13, property taxes have increased dramatically in California. According to Board of Equalization data, property tax revenue has increased 800% since...
  • Politicians Bankrupted California, Not Prop. 13

    06/29/2009 11:42:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 922+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2009 | Carol Platt Liebau
    As the end of California’s fiscal year approaches, the Governor and state legislators confront a $24 billion deficit. While Republicans and Democrats wrangle over how to address the gaping shortfall, some members of the press have started to look for a scapegoat for the fiscal train wreck. Many have blamed the California taxpayer’s only protection: Prop. 13, the 1978 measure capping state property taxes at 1% of a home’s assessed value. Perhaps the most egregious example of the finger-pointing is a recent piece from TIME’s Kevin O’Leary, moaning that “Before Prop 13, in the 1950s and '60s, California was a...
  • Fiscal crisis puts Prop. 13 up for discussion

    06/29/2009 7:37:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1,224+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/29/9 | Joe Garofoli
    About this time every year, as the Legislature and governor wrestle over how to pass the state budget, somewhere, somebody blames Sacramento's stalemate - and the state of the California's mediocre schools and crumbling roads - on Proposition 13. The wail usually echoes unanswered for a simple reason: Thirty-one years after California voters overwhelmingly passed the law that fixed the rate of property tax increases and required a two-thirds majority of the Legislature to raise taxes and approve state budgets, polls show that Prop. 13 is as popular as ever.But this year, with California and the nation in the throes...
  • Time (Magazine) Blames Calif. Budget Mess on... Low Taxes?

    06/28/2009 5:46:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies · 3,286+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 28, 2009 | Warner Todd Huston
    For Time Magazine, Kevin O'Leary has decided that he's figured out why California is in such a budget mess. Is it because the state indulges over generous social programs, or always has some of the highest taxes in the nation, or because the denizens of its capitol in Sacramento are paragons of waste, fraud and theft? Nope. It's because California has Proposition 13, a measure that prevents state government from too easily raising taxes. Yep, O'Leary thinks California is in a mess because it doesn't have high enough taxes. And it's all Reagan's fault. With some of the highest...
  • OPINION: Why California can't be governed

    06/25/2009 9:49:45 PM PDT · by thecodont · 63 replies · 3,696+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | June 25, 2009 | By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
    Afew [sic] hours after California voters approved his Proposition 13 tax-cut measure on June 6, 1978, a bibulous and exultant Howard Jarvis dropped his pants for the benefit of a few reporters gathered in his suite at the L.A. Biltmore Hotel. A reporter had asked Jarvis why he was limping, so his ostensible reason was to show a large, ugly bruise, which he'd suffered in a fall a few days before, on his ample, boxer-clad behind. The surprise gesture, however, also afforded the earthy and profane Jarvis a chance to display his contempt for the press and, by extension, the...
  • Do California politicians have too little power?

    06/21/2009 5:51:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 685+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2009 | Paul Jacob
    Do Californians suffer because they themselves have too much political power, and their representatives too little? Politicians tend to say “yes.” So do their hangers-on. George Mitrovich’s fiery indictment of California voters and policymakers for the San Diego Transcript, in a column entitled “The Failed State of California,” is an unsurprising example. According to Mitrovich, a self-avowed liberal Democrat, California’s humongous deficits and other troubles are the combined fault of Governor Schwarzenegger, voters, lawmakers, and special interests — an indictment so generalized that its sheer vacuity might pass for a selling point. But then you notice something. If voters, unions,...
  • Blame the Unions: The real reason California is in such bad shape.

    06/11/2009 5:58:25 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies · 988+ views
    National Review ^ | June 11, 2009 | Chris Reed
    In covering California’s endless budget woes, the media are always quick to trot out tired clichés about the Golden State’s being ungovernable because its clueless residents want costly programs but balk at paying the taxes needed to cover them. Over the past month, writers for the New York Times have weighed in five times with veiled or direct condemnations of California’s constitutional requirement that tax increases be approved by two-thirds of state legislators. In a May 25 column, Paul Krugman endorsed this conventional wisdom and added a pot shot at the landmark 1978 California ballot initiative that capped the rate...
  • California Screamin'

    06/08/2009 12:01:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies · 1,124+ views
    Barron's ^ | June 8, 2009 | Thomas G. Donlan
    ... California has a projected deficit equal to 5% of the state's gross domestic product; the federal government is running a deficit of 12% of GDP. California's total state debt is 21% of state GDP; the gross public debt of the federal government exceeds 75% of GDP. The average Californian is richer than the average American and California has more than its fair share of rich people (who pay the bulk of state and federal taxes). But Schwarzenegger and the dysfunctional legislature are hoping Washington will provide the same kind of deus ex machina rescue that it is providing to...
  • How the Golden State got tarnished

    05/30/2009 6:41:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 62 replies · 2,399+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 29, 2009 | Harold Meyerson
    To understand why the woes of California's economy threaten the nation's, we must understand the state's road to insolvency. The Age of Reagan did not commence with the Great Communicator's inauguration in 1981. For its real beginning, we need to go back to June 1978, when Californians went to the polls and enacted Proposition 13. By passing Howard Jarvis' malign initiative, California voters reduced the Golden State to baser metal. Under Republican Gov. Earl Warren and Democratic Gov. Pat Brown, California epitomized the postwar American dream. Its public schools, from kindergarten through Berkeley and UCLA, were the nation's finest; its...
  • A Rising Anti-Government Tide

    05/22/2009 5:35:30 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 131 replies · 2,999+ views
    WaPo ^ | 5/22/2009 | Newt Gingrich
    Americans should look carefully at the anti-politician, anti-government mood exhibited in California this week. Just as Proposition 13 and the anti-tax movement of 1978 were the forerunners of the Reagan presidential victory, so the results of Tuesday's vote are a harbinger of things to come. The repudiation of the California establishment in the series of initiative defeats could hardly have been more decisive. Five taxing and spending measures were rejected by 62.6 to 66.4 percent of the voters. That is a consistent majority of enormous potential. An even larger majority, 73.9 percent, approved the proposition limiting elected officials' salaries when...
  • Schwarzenegger missed his golden opportunity to give Californians the truth

    05/20/2009 12:08:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies · 1,982+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 20, 2009 | Michael Hiltzik
    He promised to make it work by cutting 'waste, fraud and abuse.' It was never that easy. The real solutions are obvious, though. One: Eliminate, or at least loosen substantially, the two-thirds legislative requirement to pass a budget or raise taxes. This rule has allowed a tiny Republican minority to hold up all budget progress. Two: Remove legislative term limits. Three is the Big One: Revise Proposition 13. Prop. 13 is often described as a tax-cutting measure, but that scarcely does justice to the damage it has caused.
  • Dan Walters: California finance system suffers from unintended consequences

    05/05/2009 8:02:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 545+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/5/9 | Dan Walters
    "Unintended Consequences" would be the appropriate title for any history of California's fiscal politics in the latter half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st. Repeatedly, voters and those they elect to office have adopted policies that conflict with or even contradict previous decrees – and when those conflicts cannot be resolved, our response is often to add still another layer of mandates. The effect of that irrationality is a government finance system that simply cannot work, manifesting itself in perpetual fiscal crisis as politicians try, and fail, to reconcile competing priorities. A Sacramento judge's decision...
  • Dan Walters: Proposition 13 limits return to the agenda

    04/28/2009 9:45:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies · 1,454+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/28/9 | Dan Walters
    The state's perpetual budget crisis and the appointment of a commission to recommend changes in the state-local tax system have re-ignited a debate over property taxes that seemingly ended 31 years ago with passage of Proposition 13. The landmark 1978 measure imposed a tight limit on property taxes, which previously had been the chief support for schools and local governments, and had the indirect effect of shifting much of that burden, especially for education, to the state. Loosening Proposition 13 in some fashion would provide more money for local services and schools, ease the burden on the state and thus...
  • AN OPEN LETTER ON CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 13

    04/13/2009 10:56:06 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 5 replies · 643+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | April 13, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    AN OPEN LETTER TO GERALD PARSKY, CHAIRMAN, CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY - SPLIT COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAX ROLL UNDER PROPOSITION 13 April 13, 2009 The Honorable Gerald Parsky, Chairman Commission on the 21st Century Economy C/O Mark Ibele, PhD, Staff Director http://www.cotce.ca.gov/ Re: California Prop 13 Split Property Tax Roll Dear Chairman Parsky: I read with consternation that the Commission for the 21st Century has convened with the apparent agenda to undo the protections of Proposition 13 for commercial properties in California - http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/apr/09/tax-panel-promises-to-think-boldly/ A split commercial/residential property tax roll would spell personal and financial ruination for me...
  • OPEN LETTER TO CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY

    04/13/2009 10:00:03 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 11 replies · 502+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | April 13, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    AN OPEN LETTER TO GERALD PARSKY, CHAIRMAN, CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY April 13, 2009 The Honorable Gerald Parsky, Chairman Commission on the 21st Century Economy C/O Mark Ibele, PhD, Staff Director http://www.cotce.ca.gov/ Re: Split Property Tax Roll – State of California Dear Chairman Parsky: I read with consternation that the Commission for the 21st Century has convened with the apparent agenda to undo the protections of Proposition 13 for commercial properties in California - http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/apr/09/tax-panel-promises-to-think-boldly/ A split commercial/residential property tax roll would spell personal and financial ruination for me and many other small commercial property owners across...
  • CA: Tax panel promises to think 'boldly' (Parsky et al)

    04/13/2009 6:58:39 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 20 replies · 637+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | April 9, 2009 | Timm Herdt
    DAVIS — The commission charged with recommending an overhaul of California’s tax system cautiously placed a toe on the third rail of state politics on Thursday, opening discussion of possible changes in property taxes and Proposition 13. “This commission does not just want to discuss easy issues. We’re going to discuss the property tax,” said Gerald Parsky, chairman of the Commission on the 21st Century Economy. The panel, created by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders, has been asked to recommend changes in state tax policy in order to stabilize government revenues and align the tax system in an economy...
  • Politicos Everywhere: Beware of the Ides of Prop 13

    03/23/2009 9:46:20 AM PDT · by usflagwaver · 1 replies · 382+ views
    politicalvanguard.com ^ | 3/22/09 | Thomas Del Beccaro
    "God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.” Those were the words of none other than Thomas Jefferson in response to Shay’s rebellion. Shay’s rebellion, of course, directly resulted from the onerous tax burden imposed by the state governments during the depression that followed the Revolutionary War. Not all, mind you, were pleased by Jefferson’s comments. Many establishment minded politicians like Abigail Adams condemned, not only Shay’s rebellion, but Jefferson’s comments as well. Nearly 200 years later, California had its own tax “rebellion.” Prop 13. It certainly was not the brainchild of the establishment. To the...
  • Dan Walters: Taxable sales decline slams state, locals

    03/23/2009 7:51:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 829+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/23/9 | Dan
    When California's voters slashed property taxes by passing Proposition 13 in 1978, cash-strapped local governments began looking for new ways to finance their operations. City governments developed especially creative – and sometimes too creative – ways of generating cash, including recruiting, often with lavish subsidies, major generators of sales taxes such as big-box retailers and auto malls. The problem with that strategy is that it was, and is, much like a dog chasing its tail, producing a flurry of activity but ultimately falling short of fulfilling city officials' hopes. A given level of personal income and consumer confidence will generate...
  • CA: Property taxes to increase despite falling home values

    03/16/2009 10:16:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 78 replies · 2,685+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/16/09 | Roger Showley
    With home values in free fall in many places, it might follow logically that property taxes would go down as well. Not so in San Diego County. The county assessor's office predicts that property taxes will increase this year for 75 percent of homes and other properties. That would produce a projected $91 million in additional revenue to the county, cities, school districts and other jurisdictions. “We don't have a choice,” said Jeff Olson, chief of county property assessment services. The mandate comes from Proposition 13, the 1978 tax-limitation measure, and subsequent regulations. The state initiative, passed when skyrocketing inflation...