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, 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
The miserable roads in Orinda do need repair. The big question is: How should the repair work be financed? Before asking voters for a tax increase, the Orinda City Council should look carefully at cutting costs. The city could reduce expenditures by eliminating city departments that Orinda voters hold in low esteem.