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 […]

Has Concord punished its car dealers enough?

In a stunning reversal of policy, the City of Concord, after punishing the city’s auto dealerships by imposing a higher local sales tax, now wants to change course. Concord Mayor Ron Leone is now saying: “There’s a vision to get our [Concord's] auto district on the map” (Contra Costa Times, Dec. 1). The mayor wants […]

The rot in Concord: time to clear the decay

Concord is a the city needs new leadership. The old guard that has been running Concord’s City Council has been taxing and spending recklessly. Concord does not need to have its current sales tax of 8.75 percent. The tax just supports inefficient, spendthrift government.

More local tax measures coming on November ballot

Just when you think you are taxed to the max, local politicians have another plan. Many of these items have worthy goals (there are certainly exceptions), but local governments seem to be out of touch with California’s reality. We have an unemployment/underemployment rate of 20.3%. That makes California #2 in the nation, behind Nevada. We […]