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David Crane’s budget ideas spark debate

May 22, 2013 By admin. Commentary May 22, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi David Crane has come up with a tax reform proposal, “Jerry Brown’s Last Chance to Save California.” A Democrat, he was an economic adviser to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially on pensions. Crane wants to change Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 tax limitation initiative. There are some merits to Crane’s proposal to end t...

CA State Hospitals flout legislative process

May 22, 2013 By admin. May 22, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- The Department of State Hospitals appears to be flouting the legislative process. Instead of getting legislative approval for a $50 million expansion, they've been implementing the changes since February, and just now asked for approval. A seemingly routine committee hearing about the massive amounts of spending by the equally massive Depart...

Assembly bill would extend ‘cradle-to-career’ state education

May 21, 2013 By admin. May 21, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- Some California educators want to educate your children "cradle-to-career." In support of President Obama's proposal to significantly increase federal spending on early childhood education and care, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 45 is by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego. It would urge the Legislature to boost early childhood educ...

No Prop. 13 tax dodge by Dell if Miramar Hotel had net lease

May 20, 2013 By admin. May 20, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi The last thing billionaire Michael Dell would have done if he wanted to avoid paying property taxes on his purchase of the Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica in 2005 was to buy a share of the operating company instead of the real estate. But that is not how the Los Angeles Times is reporting Dell’s 2005 purchase of a share of the operating company of the Mi...
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