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Open letter to the Ventura Mayor, Council and City Manager–Quit wasting our money

Open letter to the Ventura Mayor, Council and City Manager–Quit wasting our money

Mayor, City Council and City Manager, I agree wholeheartedly with the Ventura Taxpayers Association that an oversight committee is needed for the Ventura Water Department given the level of planned capital expenditures ($451 million) and the recent Water Department/City missteps – specifically the $55 million Heal the Bay lawsuit related to the dumping of treated […]

City of San Ramon tries to saddle landowners with its employee retirement costs

City of San Ramon tries to saddle landowners with its employee retirement costs

Like many California cities, San Ramon, in Contra Costa County, is facing budget strains because of the generous retiree benefits that it has promised its public employees. Listen to Damien Schiff discuss this special tax    Now city officials have concocted a creative ploy to help staunch this “retirement red ink.” They’ve created a special […]

Gone to Texas–why businesses are leaving California

Gone to Texas–why businesses are leaving California

By Jon Coupal Texas Governor Rick Perry is returning to California, and to left-leaning politicians in Sacramento he is about as welcome as Godzilla in Tokyo. The cause of this consternation is Perry’s pro-business record which exposes all the weaknesses of the California approach to governing. While Texas focuses on job creation, California lawmakers give […]

Six important tax tips for homeowners

Six important tax tips for homeowners

UPDATE; Please keep in mind that the tips apply to federal income tax returns and not all apply to State of California returns By Jeff Reeves For tax year 2013, the standard deduction is $6,100 for single Americans and $12,200 for those married and filing jointly. That means unless you can claim more than those […]

Hold on to your wallet, Sacramento wants more of your money

Hold on to your wallet, Sacramento wants more of your money

  . . . . . By Eric Eisenhammer I can only shake my head while typing this, but Sacramento just can’t help itself. It’s sad, but true.   Two years ago, Democrats manipulated voters into thinking that they needed to raise taxes on themselves by $7 billion annually.      Now the state has billions […]

Beware of “Local” Measures

Beware of “Local” Measures

  . . .   . By Thomas Adams At the last mid-terms in 2010, Ventura County had measure H, a ½ % parcel tax with the promise that ALL of the money would go to benefit local schools. It was discovered that all 58 counties in California had measures to benefit local schools. Hard […]

California High Taxes & So-Called Balanced Budget

California High Taxes & So-Called Balanced Budget

. . . By Erik Rosales Have you stopped to consider how high your taxes are? If you live in California, you are taxed at a higher rate than nearly any other state. Some say California taxes you for everything. It has some of the steepest sales tax, personal income tax and corporate tax rates […]

Prop. 13 Protects Against the Yo-Yo Effect

Prop. 13 Protects Against the Yo-Yo Effect

Viewpoint By Jon Coupal . Even for those who aren’t in the market, it’s hard to ignore all the news about rising home prices. According to the California Association of Realtors, median home prices are up nearly 30 percent over just the last year. California has not seen this big of a one year increase […]