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LAUSD’s board has a new member. But no time to celebrate, as the campaign for a parcel tax marches on

By Taylor Swaak || LA School Report With Tuesday’s school board election delivering a decisive win for public education firebrand Jackie Goldberg, next month’s parcel tax vote is now center stage. L.A. Unified’s next election — less than three weeks away on June 4 — will ask residents within district boundaries to support Measure EE, a tax of 16 cents per square foot of developed property to raise about $500 million annually for the district. L.A. Unified is projecting insolvency in three years ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Garcia, Kevin Moore, Goldberg, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, LA school, KPCC


L.A. Unified’s self-inflicted wounds on Measure EE

The state’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, is asking its voters to approve a special tax in a June 4 election. That’s not unusual. Throughout California, school districts, cities, counties and other units of local government are loading up local ballots with tax proposals, either sales taxes or “parcel taxes,” a form of taxing property that avoids constitutional limits on conventional property taxes. Despite the state’s high-flying economy, which is producing record amounts of tax...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Ron Paul, Capitol, Dan Walters, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Los Angeles Unified, California State Teachers Retirement System, Trump Muslim, LA Unified, Guest Commentary


LAUSD’s many taxing troubles

In a situation being watched throughout California, the Los Angeles Unified School District is aggressively pushing a heavy parcel tax on all property owners within its jurisdiction. For taxpayers, this raises a fundamental question: Why does the state need more money when California is already near the top in tax collections among all states? LAUSD is faced with many problems. Impossible promises made to its unions, failure to economize spending, abject failure to implement long-needed reforms ...
Tags: California, Opinion, China, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Los Angeles Unified School District, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Austin Beutner, Jon Coupal, Keystone Kops, Opinion columns, Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters Dean Logan


LAUSD’s dire finances could lead to state takeover in 3 years if parcel tax fails

Los Angeles Unified School District will run out of money in three years unless it makes drastic cuts in spending or voters pass a hefty parcel tax on the June 4 ballot, according to the district’s most recent budget. In the aftermath of a new contract for teachers to end a strike earlier this year, county education officials have warned they could step in to take control of the finances at the nation’s second largest school district if the forecast doesn’t improve. The financial situation is so...
Tags: Taxes, News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Medicare, Lausd, Pasadena, Eric Garcetti, Anti, Sacramento Bee, Hernandez, San Fernando Valley


Anti-tax group’s case against LAUSD parcel tax will be heard 2 days after June 4 election

LOS ANGELES – A judge on Thursday outlined what issues she will consider during a June hearing on a petition by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s challenge to Measure EE, which would impose a parcel tax of 16 cents per square foot of building improvements on properties within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Jarvis petition, filed Tuesday, had asked that a judge halt the June 4 parcel tax election, or that the county be barred from certifying the results of the vote. During T...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Jarvis, Board of Education, Los Angeles Superior Court, San Fernando Valley, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Chicks, Strobel


Fight over LAUSD parcel tax heats up as district defends ballot language, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. files lawsuit

Hoping to quell a recently arisen dispute over the ballot language of a parcel tax measure going before voters in June, the Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a resolution Tuesday affirming that the property tax levy would not include residential or commercial parking structures. Yet the move did little to appease groups opposing the measure — most notably the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to block the June 4 election on the matte...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Board, Board of Education, Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles Unified School District, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner


Let’s give the FPPC the power to fight illegal spending

In recent years, California taxpayers throughout California have registered numerous complaints about government entities using taxpayer dollars for political advocacy, a practice that is illegal under both state and federal law. Because progress in stopping these violations has been slow, taxpayers will be pleased to hear that the Fair Political Practices Commission sent a request to the California Legislature that it “consider legislation amending the Political Reform Act to authorize the Comm...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, Commission, Smith, Legislature, Mott, Fair Political Practices Commission, Cristina Garcia, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Bell Gardens, Newsom, FPPC, Jon Coupal


LAUSD needs proper funding. The parcel tax will help.

The Los Angeles teachers strike highlighted the crisis in our schools and brought widespread awareness to the need for proper funding. The next necessary step is to pass the new parcel tax on the June 4 ballot. The parcel tax would raise $450 to $500 million annually for LAUSD schools. United Teachers of Los Angeles seeks $20,000 in per-pupil funding per year by the year 2020. According to 2018 Education Week Research Center data, several states have reached this goal or are close to it, but Cal...
Tags: New York, California, Opinion, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Census Bureau, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, James Monroe High School, Jon Coupal, Sal Rodriguez, Education Week Research Center, Southern California News Group, Guest Commentary


LAUSD’s rushed parcel tax threatens local businesses

Looking for increased revenues to pay for the Los Angeles school strike settlement, the plan apparently is to largely target business. This will add to the perception that Los Angeles and California are not business friendly. Two types of property taxes are aimed at raising school revenue, one weighted toward business, the second aimed exclusively at business. The parcel tax put on the June 4 ballot by the Los Angeles Unified School District board affects both homeowners and businesses. However,...
Tags: California, Opinion, Stanford, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, David Crane, Pepperdine, Vica, Guest Commentary, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industry and Commerce Association


Billions pile up in special district accounts while critics say many should dissolve

California’s most affluent special districts nearly doubled their spending over the course of a decade, while the value of their cash and investments nearly tripled, according to a Southern California News Group analysis of state data. The figures revive the question many good-government advocates have been asking for decades: Do special districts, which operate largely under the public radar, simply have too much money? Critics say they do, and argue that their functions should be absorbed into...
Tags: Hollywood, Taxes, News, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local Politics, Orange County, Sierra Club, Bay Area, Metro, Legislature, Los Angeles County, South Bay


Please, Governor, don’t derail the bullet train derailment

Even before California’s High Speed Rail bond proposal appeared on the ballot in November 2008, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association commissioned a study in conjunction with the Reason Foundation because of deep concerns about the project’s viability. The study, published in September 2008, just prior to the election, confirmed our worst fears. Specifically, the executive summary of the nearly 200-page document warned: “The CHSRA plans as currently proposed are likely to have very little rela...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Jerry Brown, Central Valley, Bakersfield, High Speed Rail, Merced, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Newsom


Defending direct democracy, defending taxpayers

The powers of direct democracy — initiative, referendum and recall — are powerful tools to control slow-moving or corrupt politicians. These powers are enshrined in the California Constitution for reasons that are just as compelling in 2019 as they were in 1911 when Gov. Hiram Johnson, seeking to suppress the absolute control the railroads had over the state Capitol, pushed to give ordinary citizens a “legislative battering ram” — using the language of the Supreme Court — to address issues that ...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Elizabeth Warren, Sport, Soccer, California Supreme Court, Dunsmuir, U S Supreme Court, Capitol, Legislature, Wilde, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, HJTA, Jon Coupal, Hiram Johnson


Changing Prop. 13 could worsen California’s housing crisis. Here’s how

For four decades, Proposition 13, the property tax reform that passed in 1978, has been blamed for many of the ills that have befallen California. Working with Howard Jarvis, a Proposition 13 co-author, and later running his taxpayers association, I have followed the multiple attacks on the measure, many silly and outrageous. Now the attacks are amped up along with a supposed, but flawed remedy. In discussions of where new money would come from to solve the Los Angeles Unified School District la...
Tags: Europe, California, Opinion, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Graduate School, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles Unified School District, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Newsom, Christopher Thornberg, Guest Commentary, Howard Jarvis, Joel Fox


Decision on “California rule” will impact who rules California

On its surface, the case heard last Wednesday by the California Supreme Court in CalFire Local 2881 vs. CalPERS doesn’t seem that important. At issue is the so-called “California Rule,” an obscure legal doctrine relating to public employee pensions. But for California’s beleaguered taxpayers, the case is one of extraordinary importance because its outcome will determine the extent to which the local governments will look to taxpayers to shore up failing pension plans even more than they already ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Labor, California, Opinion, La, Sport, Soccer, CalFire, Jerry Brown, California Supreme Court, Bush, Legislature, Calpers, Willie Horton, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal


11 Los Angeles County cities passed sales tax hikes — in many cases by large margins

Voters in 11 Los Angeles County cities on Election Day approved sales tax hikes as part of a statewide trend of higher and higher sales tax rates. The hikes brought many Southland communities to the state taxation limit — 10.25 percent — eliminating retail sales as a future source of government revenue and cementing the region’s status as one the the highest taxed in California. The increased number of L.A. County cities that are now at the sales tax ceiling means shoppers looking to save a few ...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Taxes, News, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Pasadena, Local News, Pomona, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, Southland, Terry Tornek


Look past the deceptive labeling on Proposition 6

When it comes to protecting consumers, the federal government comes down hard on companies that engage in deceptive labeling on things we consume.  The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), enacted in 1967, directs the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration to issue regulations requiring that all “consumer commodities” be labeled to disclose net contents, identity of commodity, and name and place of business of the product’s manufacturer, packer, or distributor.” If only...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Food And Drug Administration, CalTrans, Federal Trade Commission, Donald, Legislature, Richard Nixon, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, Xavier Becerra, Prop, Guest Commentary


Housing issues dominate California’s ballot; here’s a guide to Props. 1, 2, 5 and 10

Should seniors get a tax break every time they sell their home? Should cities and counties have more power to give a break to tenants facing overwhelming rent hikes? And should Californians go $6 billion further into debt to build more housing for the poor, for veterans and for the mentally ill? These are among the questions California voters face as they head to polls Tuesday, Nov. 6. Rising home costs and a shortage of available units have made housing a top priority in California. Tuesday’s b...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Republican Party, UC Berkeley, California Apartment Association, Gavin Newsom, Democratic Party, National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI, Loyola Marymount University, Hawkins, John Cox


How to read your property tax bill

Thanks to Proposition 13, property tax bills are less scary in California than they are in a lot of other states. Homeowners in Illinois and New Jersey, just to cite two examples, have been known to let out a blood-curdling scream when they open the tax collector’s envelope that would be right at home on the soundtrack of a Jamie Lee Curtis movie. Proposition 13 limits increases in a property’s assessed value to 2 percent per year and provides property owners with a pretty good idea of what thei...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, New Jersey, Illinois, Jamie Lee Curtis, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, HJTA, Jon Coupal, Guest Commentary, General Levy of Assessment, General Tax Levy Voted Indebtedness, General Tax Levy


The FPPC finally lowers the boom

This column has, over the last several years, exposed multiple examples of government entities using taxpayer dollars for political advocacy, a practice that is clearly illegal under both state and federal law.  The free speech clauses of the federal and state Constitutions prohibit the use of governmentally compelled monetary contributions (including taxes) to support or oppose political campaigns since “Such contributions are a form of speech, and compelled speech offends the First Amendment.”...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Smith, Hillary, Los Angeles County, Board of Supervisors, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, American Republic, FPPC, Jon Coupal, Opinion columns, Stanson


18 Southern California cities will ask to raise sales tax on November ballot

Cities across California are banking on sales tax as a solution to inflation, residents’ demand for services and looming pension costs. Nearly 70 cities and counties will ask voters Nov. 6 to increase or extend sales and use taxes to help pay for public safety, road maintenance, homeless services and a grab bag of amenities often described in their ballot titles as “vital” and “essential.” Locally, 19 cities in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are seeking more sales tax...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, City Council, Local News, Orange County, Riverside County, Southern California, City Hall, Pomona, San Bernardino, Garcia, Riverside, Congressional, Gutierrez


Coupal: Once again, California Prop. 13 is ‘on the table’

In the contest to see who will be California’s next governor, political pollsters haven’t given Republican John Cox much of a chance of prevailing over former San Francisco mayor and current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. After all, California remains a fairly progressive state and the Newsom campaign has more money. Cox, to his credit, has closed the gap significantly in recent weeks and stays focused on his message highlighting that California’s government is dysfunctional, and what can be done about ...
Tags: California, Opinion, San Francisco, Sport, Fox, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Cox, Legislature, John Cox, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Newsom, Jon Coupal, PPIC, Opinion columns, Sen Bob Hertzberg D Van Nuys


Yes on Proposition 5

California’s housing crisis, largely a consequence of housing production insufficient to keep pace with population growth, has made it hard for many aspiring homeowners to find a place to call home. At a time when legislators and activists are considering a wide range of options, from rent control to streamlining housing development, it is important for the state to use its existing housing stock as efficiently as possible. One long-recognized issue is the fact that many long-time homeowners rem...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Endorsements, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California Association Of Realtors


Hard fought battles stop tax hikes in Legislature

While on the campaign trail prior to the 1988 election, Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush uttered the now infamous words, “read my lips, no new taxes.” Of course, this was a pledge he broke, which likely cost him reelection. The mission of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is to protect Proposition 13 and to advance taxpayers’ rights, including the right to limited taxation, the right to vote on tax increases and the right of economical, equitable and efficient use of taxp...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, US, Sacramento, Nike, Sport, Soccer, Yemen, Central Valley, Brown, Legislature, George H W Bush, General Fund, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, HJTA


Protecting taxpayer interests in the fire liability fight

One of the most contentious political battles currently being waged in Sacramento during the final two weeks of the legislative session is over the extent to which investor-owned utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric, should be held liable and have to compensate property owners for the damage inflicted by the horrendous wildfires that are still burning across the state.  Average California taxpayers and homeowners probably sense this is a big deal because of extensive media coverage, but may...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Brown, California Legislature, Pacific Gas Electric, United States Supreme Court, San Diego Gas Electric, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, New London, HJTA, Jon Coupal, Public Utility Commission, Kelo


Another day, another tax or fee hike in California

If it feels like every day brings another tax increase, rate increase or fee hike in California, that’s because it does. What is going on in this state? For all the happy-talk about a budget surplus, a booming state economy and a brimming rainy-day fund, California is drowning in debt. In January, the Hoover Institution calculated that the collective debt that California taxpayers owe public pension funds is $769 billion, which works out to more than $60,000 per household. You won’t get the bill...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Consumer Watchdog, Trump, Legislature, Board of Supervisors, Hoover Institution, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, FPPC, Susan Shelley, Southern California News Group, Opinion columns


Facebook founder’s fund pledges $250,000 to back affordable housing ballot measure

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative wants you to vote yes on Prop. 1 – a state ballot measure that would funnel money to affordable housing programs – and it’s ponying up $250,000 to help make sure that happens. The initiative, started by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, said Monday it will donate the money to advance the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act of 2018, also known as Prop. 1. If approved by voters in November, the act will authorize the sale of $4 billion in ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Real Estate, California, Sport, Soccer, PAC, Priscilla Chan, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, State, East Palo Alto, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Prop, Community Legal Services, Lorenzana


Do Democrats in Sacramento really want to fix Prop. 13 problems?

If it’s ever to be fixed, only a ballot proposition can repair the largest and most obvious inequity caused by Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 tax-cutting initiative that causes next-door neighbors in identical homes to pay vastly different sums for property taxes. But the other big problem area of the tax-cutting measure originally sponsored by the late political gadflies Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann could be solved by a simple vote of the Legislature. That inequity is a loophole allowing some...
Tags: Japan, Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Johnson, Central Valley, Los Angeles Dodgers, Southern California, Jamie, Santa Monica, Legislature


California’s gas tax repeal is now officially headed to a ballot near you

Setting the stage for a major statewide battle over how to pay for an estimated $67 billion backlog in highway, bridge and road repairs, a ballot measure to repeal recently-enacted gas taxes and registration fees officially qualified Monday to appear on the November ballot. Already, Gov. Jerry Brown and a powerful coalition of chambers of commerce, law enforcement, unions, firefighters, local transportation agencies and cities and counties have vowed to fight it. “I will do everything in my powe...
Tags: California, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Times, Central Valley, Usc, Ucla, Bay Area, Southern California, Brown, Cox, Carl DeMaio, Wolfe


California’s budget and budget process should worry every taxpayer

Let’s face it, when it comes to the state budget of California, most citizens suffer from MEGO (My Eyes Glaze Over).  Because even public finance experts are confused by the thousands of pages of budget documents, it’s no wonder that citizen taxpayers don’t stand a chance. Besides, normal people are too busy working hard to pay for all the spending increases reflected in the budget. Nonetheless, passage of the state budget remains one of the most important functions of the Legislature because it...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Stockton, Bill, Legislature, Assembly, State Capitol, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, Mego, Opinion columns


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, June 11-18

Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council meets on June 13 at North Valley City Hall on Foothill Boulevard in Tujunga. (Google Street View)   Around the World Adult Book Club at Sun Valley Branch Library: Inaugural meeting of the club, 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 11. Book is “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. 7935 Vineland Ave. 818-764-1338. www.lapl.org Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council: 6:30 p.m. June 11. Sherman Oaks Elementary School, auditorium, 14780 Dickens St. 818-503-2399. www.sherm...
Tags: White House, Sport, Soccer, Brooklyn, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Local-news, Oscar Wilde, Porter Ranch, Rotary Club, Sun Valley, Andrew Jackson, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Vineland, Tujunga, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association