Taxpayers to Chargers: You’re again invited, but you need to respond

Thor's Assistant Rostra Administrator (Thor's Assistant) 0 Comments

Below is a letter from San Diego County Taxpayers Association President & CEO Haney Hong sent to to Dean Spanos, President of the San Diego Chargers, regarding the measure on the November ballot asking San Diego voters to increase the hotel tax to help pay for a downtown stadium and convention center annex. Mr. Dean Spanos Chairman of the Board …

Watered-Down SB 350 Still Threatens California

Diane Harkey Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey 0 Comments

This op-ed originally appeared in the Riverside Press-Enterprise Once in a while, even in the California state Legislature, we witness democracy in action or a rare moment when a well-intentioned, but harmful, strongly supported and lobbied bill, is rejected due to a lack of votes. In the final days of the Legislature’s 2014-2015 session, the right number of elected officials listened …

Jerry Brown Opens Door on New Taxes

Elliot Schroeder Elliot Schroeder 26 Comments

Sometimes I hate being right. Last year, I warned that Brown’s second term would include a tax increase. The GOP candidates didn’t try to get him to pledge again on taxes. He said as much in a press conference. They should of pounded him over and over to at least get another pledge even as their victory was in doubt. …

Picking the pocket of the Public

Jerome Stocks Jerome Stocks 6 Comments

Encinitas is a city of about 63,000 friendly people. It has a healthy balanced budget and healthy reserve funds. It also has among the best credit ratings of any municipality in California. I take pride in whatever small amount my 12 years of City Council service contributed toward its fiscal stability. The new city council has decided it has more …