Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

The Agenda

To read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda from the City’s website, please click here.

The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or 7:30 . . . or even later.

And you can also watch it at home on cable Channel 3 (Spectrum — formerly Time Warner Cable).

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Healthcare tax for citizens, free healthcare for noncitizens

By Jon Coupal | If there was any question whatsoever as to whether California has gone completely off the rails, proposals in the new state budget should remove all doubt. Perhaps the most egregious of these involve changes in state law as they relate to health care.

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As of this writing, those proposals have yet to be adopted by both houses of the legislature – which is constitutionally required to pass the budget bill by June 15th every year – but statements by legislative leaders have caused a great deal of angst among the taxpayer public.

First among the inexplicable ideas is the proposal to force citizen and legal immigrant taxpayers to pay a new healthcare tax in order to subsidize healthcare for California residents who are living in the country illegally. Yes, you read that right.  The tax that Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to impose is a penalty on all those who don’t comply with the “individual mandate.” If this sounds familiar, it should. The individual mandate was a key component of Obamacare at the federal level until the penalty was repealed by the Republican-led Congress in 2017.

If it passes, California would be one of only four states imposing a tax on those who won’t or can’t obtain the kind of health insurance coverage the government requires. The state-imposed mandate would parallel the federal mandate which, in 2016, amounted to $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of yearly household income, whichever was higher. The tax is projected by Newsom to generate about $1 billion over three years.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Measure EE failure could be a turning of tax tide

By Jon Coupal | Against formidable odds, taxpayers scored a significant victory last week against big progressive interests. Measure EE, sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District, would have imposed a $500 million dollar annual property tax on all property owners within the district’s boundaries.

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Because the tax was being advanced by the second largest school district in the nation, its potential impact was obviously huge. But Measure EE was more than just a local tax proposal. The outcome of the election was bound to have ramifications throughout the state, not just in Los Angeles.  That is why so many political interests were watching the campaign and its outcome so closely.

LAUSD backers claimed that they had a huge disadvantage because Measure EE, as a “special tax” under Proposition 13, needed a two-thirds vote of the voting electorate to pass. This complaint is not compelling given that EE didn’t even receive a simple majority of those voting.

Against this claimed disadvantage, let’s balance all the advantages possessed by the Measure EE proponents. The first is money. At latest count, it appears that the backers spent five times more than the opponents. It is always easier to raise campaign funds from those who stand to personally benefit financially from a ballot measure because the return on investment is so high. Public sector labor, especially the teachers’ union, were the biggest contributors. Also contributing to help pass the tax hike were various interests that do business with the city and were vulnerable to “requests” or retaliation from Mayor Eric Garcetti. Only a fool would believe that most of these campaign contributions were truly voluntary.

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

The Agenda

To read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda from the City’s website, please click here.

The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or 7:30 . . . or even later.

And you can also watch it at home on cable Channel 3 (Spectrum — formerly Time Warner Cable).

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Desperate times and desperate measures

By Jon Coupal | In politics, strange things happen in the week preceding an election. It is no different with Measure EE, the controversial property tax hike proposed by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Although predicting the outcome of any election is dangerous it is clear that Measure EE is in trouble. In fact, its biggest problem might not even be the two-thirds vote threshold required for its approval. What is more disturbing for the district is the extent to which LAUSD has suffered multiple self-inflicted wounds in the conduct of its campaign.

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Prior to this week, the district already committed several faults, starting with the screw-up on the language placed before the voters. That language doesn’t match what the LAUSD board approved in the official resolution. Not surprisingly, that problem resulted in a lawsuit.

More recently, the district distributed a mail piece advertising how seniors can apply for an exemption to the tax. No one believes for a second that the letter was anything other than a campaign piece because it was distributed to residents using the voter file rather than data from the assessor.

The bigger problem for the district is that the application for the exemption is itself very intimidating and seniors are justifiably suspicious of the district’s intentions. The application demands sensitive information such as a photocopy of the applicant’s driver’s license or passport. It also requires that the homeowner prove they are the primary resident by providing a copy of their Social Security check, insurance policy or utility bill and a copy of their current property tax bill. To top it all off, the application notes that the district may require that the application be submitted in person.

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Fullerton City Hall is closed today for another three-day weekend

City Hall Closure Dates and
Observed Holidays

2019
January –1*, 11, 25
February – 8, 18*, 22
March – 8, 22
April – 5, 19
May – 3, 17, 27*, 31
June – 14, 28
July – 4*, 12, 26
August – 9, 23
September – 2*, 6, 20
October – 4, 18
November – 1, 11*, 15, 28*, 29*
December – 13, 24*, 25*, 26^,27^, 31*

*Holiday observed
^Winter Closure

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LAUSD’s impossible Measure EE ‘senior exemption’

By Jon Coupal | In its flailing effort to impose a $500 million dollar annual parcel tax on the property owners who live within its boundaries, the Los Angeles Unified School District has mailed out — at taxpayer expense, of course — a letter advertising how seniors can apply for an exemption to the tax.

This is the latest desperate attempt by LAUSD to fool voters into approving Measure EE. But, like other tactics of LAUSD’s political campaign, it is bound to backfire.

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This latest campaign mailer adds to the increasing controversy surrounding Measure EE. Already under a cloud of litigation for violations of the Elections Code and the Brown Act, the negative press on the parcel tax proposal continues to mount. But with every new scandal, the district doubles down on its effort to secure voter approval over the objections of community groups, taxpayers and a nearly unanimous business community.

Back to the exemption. Homeowners in the district received the letter directly from LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner entitled “Important Measure EE Senior Exemption Information for Homeowners Age 65 and Older.” Accompanying the letter was an application form that senior homeowners could fill out and submit by July 1st (less than a month after the election).

As far as anyone can determine, this is the first time in California history that an application for an exemption to a parcel tax has been mailed out by a school district, prior to the election approving or rejecting the tax being held!  By sending out what is clearly designed to be a campaign mailer disguised as “information” about an exemption, the district is attempting to assuage the concerns of seniors who will be subject to the tax.

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Watch last night’s city council meeting

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

The Agenda

To read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda from the City’s website, please click here.

The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or 7:30 . . . or even later.

And you can also watch it at home on cable Channel 3 (Spectrum — formerly Time Warner Cable).

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FACT joins coalition to oppose AB 290

The Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers (FACT) has joined the Dialysis is Life Support coalition, an alliance of taxpayer groups, business groups, physicians, patients, dialysis providers and community groups opposed to AB 290 (Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg).

AB 290 sets government price caps on what insurance companies pay for dialysis care, below the cost of care. It slashes payments made by private insurers to dialysis clinics for patients who receive charitable premium assistance to help pay their insurance premiums. And it also sets these payments at the federal Medicare rate, which will not cover the cost of providing care.

Dialysis Is Life Support“No business can afford to keep its doors open if reimbursements do not cover the cost of care,” said FACT president Jack Dean, regarding the group’s participation in the coalition. “If dialysis clinics can’t cover their costs, they will be forced to cut back services or close, forcing dialysis patients to seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms at a much higher cost.”

Dialysis is the process by which a machine does the job of the kidneys to filter toxins and fluids from the body. Dialysis patients must get treatment three days a week for three to four hours at a time, to stay alive. Missing just one dialysis treatment increases the risk of death by 30 percent.

The only provider of charitable premium assistance for kidney patients, the American Kidney Fund, has said that if AB 290 passes it would not be able to operate in California. If AKF cannot help patients afford their insurance coverage, the bill will force low-income dialysis patients — those who receive charitable premium assistance — off private insurance and onto taxpayer-funded government coverage.

FACT is opposed to more government rate-setting that will simply drive up the cost of healthcare for all taxpayers.

To see the complete list of coalition members, please click here.

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