Like a zombie, County sales tax is dead…for now

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The good news:  County Supervisors have decided against placing a countywide sales tax on the November 2014 ballot, due to lack of public support. (See: Powerpoint_Presentation_Poll_on_Sales_Tax (1) ) The bad news:  Supervisors continue to seek state legislation to allow Contra Costa to adopt a countywide half-cent sales tax in excess of the state maximum tax rate. The takeaway:  Will […]

Supervisors plot new sales tax for Contra Costa taxpayers

Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia

“Just when you thought it was safe to swim in the water” the jaws of “progressive” politicians want to swallow another chunk of their constituent’s check books to impose a new health care tax. Fresh off the defeat on the Measure Bond Measure C which would have burdened Richmond property owners with a new parcel tax to fund […]

Low taxes in Texas v the California tax trap

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Deep in the heart of Texas is something that just about any American can admire: there are low taxes in Texas. To some people, Texas may be a weird place, but not when it comes to money. Anybody living in California today faces the Golden State’s tax trap. California has the nation’s highest sales tax, […]

Unaffordable California — It doesn’t have to be this way

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Wonder in awe at the comparison below of California taxes and economic climate with the rest of the states. The news is bad, and getting worse. But it doesn’t have to be this way! The state and local government policies that created an unaffordable California can be reversed: PERSONAL INCOME TAX:  Prior to Prop 30 passing […]

Scotch and Soda for Governor Jerry Brown

“Scotch and soda, mud in your eye. Baby, do I feel high, oh, me, oh, my, do I feel high.” –”Scotch and Soda,” by The Kingston Trio (1958). The Kingston Trio should become the Kingston Quartet — with California Gov. Jerry Brown as the fourth member. On Wednesday, September 25, California Gov. Jerry Brown, a […]

BART’s tax slaves

Cowardly politicians in California refuse to support taxpayers who pay for BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) even when there is no BART service. From July 1 to July 5, 2013, BART workers went on strike. Yet, during the strike, the full sales tax was collected. This violates the tacit service level agreement (SLA) taxpayers have […]

Concord City Council: What lies ahead in 2013

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As we turn into 2013, apparently unscathed by the dire predictions from the Mayan Calender, it is time to set priorities for the Concord City Council in administrating how Contra Costa’s largest city is to be guided.

Top 10 Improvements for Concord

Looking forward to 2013, let’s take a minute to consider what improvements could come to Concord. While most of the ideas of those running for the open Concord City Council seats in 2012 could be categorized as “promises in the dark”, one point that virtually every candidate agreed upon was bringing more jobs and tax […]