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California’s budget process has devolved into a bad joke

By Jon Coupal | Let’s face it. California’s budget process has devolved into a bad joke. The record amount of spending coupled with massive expenditures for wasteful, pork-barrel projects is bad enough. But the more insidious problem is the lack … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Tonight’s city council meeting 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 . … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Withdrawal of the Taxpayer Protection Act could haunt the American Beverage Association

By Jon Coupal | By now, political observers have heard how a series of negotiations in Sacramento resulted in three initiatives slated for the November ballot being withdrawn by their respective proponents. The blame (or credit, depending on your perspective) … Continue reading

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Prop 68: A Yes vote is a reward for bad behavior

By Jack Humphreville | While the State of California is rolling in the dough with an $8 billion surplus as a result of increases in the State Budget to $200 billion, the spendthrift politicians in Sacramento are asking us to … Continue reading

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Watch last night’s city council meeting

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Loss of local control a big issue in new water tax fight

By Jon Coupal | Throughout his tenure as governor, Jerry Brown has consistently pursued new revenue for transportation, housing and water. The Legislature, whose default reaction to any problem is to raise taxes on middle-class Californians, has only been too … Continue reading

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