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Many are analyzing the surprisingly close Virginia gubernatorial race results, but I’m struck by a citizen vote in liberal Colorado that CRUSHED an increase in that state’s income tax.
Well over $10 million (the equivalent of spending about $75 million on a CA proposition) was spent by the unions and wealthy liberals to pass Amendment 66. That campaign spending included a million dollars EACH by Bloomberg, Bill Gates and the NEA. The governor and the establishment press fervently supported the tax. After all, it was “for the children” — the tax was supposedly for education.
Today there’s a good news story on the front page of the U-T San Diego about Denny Sanford, a philanthropist who just gave $100 MILLION to UCSD for medical research. A genuinely generous man with a vacation home in La Jolla, his avowed goal is to give away his billion+ dollar fortune during his lifetime.
Such generosity is not at all uncommon among the truly rich, though many wait until they die to dispense such gifts. Frankly I think Sanford has the right idea — why not get the heartfelt thanks for such generosity while still alive, and live to see the good that such donations do? He’s EARNED it!
On 25 October I posted the following item on my blog:
RICHARD RIDER COMMENT: Shortly after the disastrous 2007 “Witch” brush fire in (primarily) San Diego County, the LOS ANGELES TIMES paid me to debate fire issues with a local UCSD professor in print. What followed was a civil five day written exchange where good points were raised – mostly by me, of course. In essence, it’s ten linked, point-counterpoint op-eds — included below.
According to a couple people I talked to who actually watched the Monday evening mayoral debate (during the CHARGERS game — that’s just not RIGHT!), 3 of the 4 candidates pledged to put any Chargers stadium deal that involved taxpayer subsidies up for a public vote. But Nathan Fletcher did not — and apparently has not stated whether or not as mayor he would require (or even favors) such a vote.
Since he “works” for Qualcomm, a company which owns the sweetheart stadium naming rights, perhaps there is some conflict of interest. Or maybe it’s simpler — he is pandering to special interests with big bucks to spend on his campaign (construction unions, Spanos family, downtown business subsidy advocates, etc.).
For most individuals, California’s expensive home prices are a far bigger problem than our highly progressive tax structure. For the really well-to-do who carry most of the CA income tax load, housing costs are a secondary problem. But for the middle class, it can be a dream killer.
Below is a link to a current, informative article comparing the affordability of homes for the middle class in 100 national markets — recently summarized in a U-T article I can’t replicate here. Not surprisingly, California ranks poorly. We have the worst local market in the nation by far (San Francisco). But we also have the second (Orange County), third (Los Angeles), fifth (my San Diego), sixth (San Jose), and seventh (Ventura County) worst housing markets.
San Diego Mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher served honorably in the military. Of that there is no doubt. He deserves full credit for his military service.
But what I find interesting is that his published bios seldom if ever mention his military rate or rank. If you read his Wikipedia bio (doubtless controlled by Nathan’s campaign handlers — the whole piece reads like a campaign ad), it discusses his military schools and accomplishments, but never mentions his rate or rank – a rather fundamental aspect of one’s military experience.
Similarly his near-identical write-up on his mayoral candidacy website omits the same info.
Sadly, this is no surprise. But it’s it’s still news worth considering (every year, apparently).
In its annually updated study released today, the Tax Foundation STILL ranks California the third worst “business tax climate” state in the U.S. Thank Goodness for New Jersey and anchor-clanker New York.
San Diego’s beleaguered Mayor Bob “Headlock” Filner refuses to resign. This intransigence baffles and enrages many San Diegans.
Aside from the fact that Bob Filner is an arrogant, power-mad, sex-crazed, narcissistic megalomaniac, there are three practical reasons why he may well want to stay in office as long as possible. Two are fairly well known — but one is not. The article below details that third reason.
Here’s the three reasons as I see it:
1. The first reason is so obvious it’s seldom mentioned. Each month he remains in office, he grosses $7,839.50 as mayor. When he quits, is recalled or is convicted of a felony, that cash flow ends. Meanwhile Gloria Allred will be coming after everything he has.
I wrote about this topic before on 27 June. Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (nominally ‘R’) is pushing a new subsidy for CA state college students, freezing the tuition for a new student for up to six years.
Aside from it being a bad idea, he’s using incorrect numbers to justify this new giveaway, AB 159. Specifically, he claimed that CSU tuition has risen 217% in 5 years — the correct figure is 117%, the result of a common math error involving percentages above 100%. Here’s the link my article:
I suspect a surprising number of people have misunderstood the Filner “sexual harassment” charges. Too many people (certainly the mayor’s dwindling cadre of remaining supporters) have been assuming that he is guilty of nothing more than ill-advised boorish behavior — insulting and demeaning women verbally. But finally women are coming forward to describe how Filner has PHYSICALLY gone after them.
Woman tells Team 10 Mayor Bob Filner inappropriately touched her
Second woman sends email account
10News Related Links
Mayor Filner blocks homeowner’s approved project. A favor owed? Pay-to-play”?
VERY fishy. Most important, it’s another incredible abuse of mayoral power. Make it stop!!
La Jolla couple blames Mayor Bob Filner for home project delay
Project was approved 30 months ago
SAN DIEGO – A La Jolla family said San Diego Mayor Bob Filner abused his power when he took an unusual interest in their home.
Jack and Karen Visin told Team 10 the mayor is costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars and possibly their dream home.
Any veteran of local government knows of Bob Filner’s proclivities. I’ve raised the issue a number of times with the press in “off the record” discussions over the years — the latest on the morning of the PM blockbuster announcement by the three Dem leaders.
Indeed, many of us personally know at least one woman who has suffered the “Filner experience.” The stories are legion. And not limited to his female employees.
But the Democrat Party (like the Catholic Church hierarchy) has covered up. Even when one of their own — a former Dem state Assemblywoman — brought forward that she knew SIX women who had suffered Filner indignities, they apparently ignored it. Here’s that story…
Turns out, the Paris trip cost taxpayers $22,000 — not the $10,000 originally reported. Apparently most of this cost was the 2 man security detail sent with Filner.
Only they weren’t sent with the mayor. They missed the flight. So for hours after arriving in the City of Light, the Mayor and his (then) betrothed were unprotected. Guess he dodged a bullet (or two).
Sources: Mayor Bob Filner’s France trip cost taxpayers $22,000
Security detail missed flight
by Mitch Blacher
A prominent local progressive attorney — usually an ally and supporter of Bob Filner — has “with great dismay” publicly called on the mayor to resign — likely because of the Sunroad $100K pay-to-play payments. Check out the U-T article below.
As I predicted, liberals will start distancing themselves from the loose cannon that is Comrade Filner. Assuming that a special election will be held (either from resignation, conviction, or recall), the Dems want to be in a position to back a more winnable Democrat candidate — maybe Todd Gloria or Nathan Fletcher (assuming he stays a Democrat that long).
Here’s another “mystery,” discussed in the BusinessWeek article below. Well, a mystery for some, at least.
California is losing businesses faster than any state in the nation — both in the number of businesses lost (no big surprise, given our size) and the RATE at which they are being lost. And this is NET lost businesses.
Salient excerpt: There were 1.3 million businesses in California at the end of 2012, 5.2 percent fewer than in the previous year (that’s about 73,000 fewer). To put that in perspective, Massachusetts lost 5,200 businesses, the second-highest amount, and Kansas had 3.1 percent fewer businesses in 2012 than in 2011, the second-highest loss rate. Nebraska added businesses at 11.9 percent, the fastest rate.
Often I like to point out that “California is the engine of prosperity — for the other 49 states.” In this SACRAMENTO BEE article, we find that such prosperity starts just across the California border — on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe — and took off starting in December of last year.
Nevada’s rejuvenated prosperity is directly related to the CA Prop 30 millionaires’ tax passed last November. And it’s not just prosperity — it’s BIG TIME prosperity, as California moguls flee the rich-hating “Golden State.” As one delighted Nevada real estate agent quipped, “Lake Tahoe — where the billionaires are pushing out the millionaires.“
On about 24 June, I submitted a written “call for investigation” to various law enforcement agencies, concerning the Filner-Sunroad Pay-to-Play $100,000 “donation.” Included in my submission was a significant workup of the issues, and a number of informal exhibits were provided (all included or linked below).
I’ve since discovered that I’m not the only one to submit such a request. Retired judge Larry Stirling beat me to it, which is a GOOD thing! Maybe someone else filed such a request as well.
According to the latest U.S. census figures, the 2009 median household income in California is significantly higher than Texas…
CA — $58,931
TX — $48,259
But, ADJUSTED FOR THE COST OF LIVING, the Texas median household income is significantly higher than California…
TX — $53,009
CA — $44,456
by Richard Rider, Chairman
San Diego Tax Fighters
I sent out the following as a press release the same day (4/24/13) that the American Lung Association released its annual “the sky is poison” press release. The press regurgitated the ALA story (such scares make for improved ratings and great teaser ads), and ignored my caveats. I’ve edited my release since then – to add a bit.
Today the American Lung Association (ALA) releases its annual nationwide “study” that gives San Diego County an “F” for air quality — as it does EVERY year. Seems to me this annual press release is tied more to their fundraising efforts than to science.
You’re gonna love this. Turns out, the goofy process of the first CA HSR construction contract favors the husband of U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein! The final contract has not been issued, as further negotiations with bidders are still to be completed. But the Feinstein group has won the “leading candidate” designation — which makes them the odds-on favorite to land the contract.
The California High Speed Rail Authority changed the bidding criteria midstream to lower the importance of HSR expertise — otherwise the Feinstein bid would not have made it past the first cut. Of course, objections have been raised to this “on the fly” modification. And rightly so.
The story is out that the FAA is INTENTIONALLY causing massive airline flight delays to coerce the public into voting for tax increases. See the WALL ST JOURNAL editorial below.
Never have we seen a more stark difference between President Reagan and President Obama. Does ANYONE believe for an instant that the FAA brass would have organized such a work stoppage if Reagan were in office? Remember what happened to the air traffic controllers who decided to go on strike. Reagan fired ‘em.
AB 13 – my bill to grant #Veterans in-state tuition – just passed out of Asm. Vets Affairs Committee! Next stop, Assembly Approps
— Rocky Chavez (@AsmRocky) April 16, 2013
I found this Tweet rather unsettling. As I see it, this Rocky Chavez bill is a bad start for our new San Diego County GOP Assemblyman.
If one is a Republican in the CA state legislature, it’s hard to get any bill passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature. New Republican State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez was quick to discover the secret to legislative “success” — submit a bill for a new or expanded subsidy.
For your edification, here’s your media bias story of the day. For instance, NPR did a story on the “counterweight to the Tea Party” staging a protest outside the White House. Backed by numerous heavyweight leftist groups such as the AFL-CIO, Move-on, NOW, etc., the story got great media play, as all such political mega-rallies in DC deserve.
But there were only 100 people at this heavily sponsored rally. And that’s the “counterweight to the Tea Party”????
I wrote the following letter to the editor in response to an article gushing with praise for the insane farm bill — and the resulting farm subsidies. It was published by VOICE OF SAN DIEGO. To give it wider circulation, I’m including it here and on other blogs and social media.
Regarding VOICE OF SAN DIEGO article “Why the Farm Bill Matters to San Diego”
Funny. This booster article (is it an op-ed or an article?) touting the joys of farm subsidies never mentions the cost of the “farm bill.” It neglects to mention that not only taxpayers but consumers end up paying more for these subsidies — disbursed primarily to wealthy agri-businesses. In essence, we are borrowing from our offspring (via deficit spending) to pay for this largess.