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New San Diego Mayor Bob Filner displays anger management problem

February 22, 2013 By admin. Feb. 22, 2013 By Chris Reed What happens when a veteran congressman with a history of anger management issues and an apparent disinterest in understanding how city government works becomes mayor of California's second-largest city? San Diegans are finding out as they deal with their city's own "Anger Management" show provided for nearly three months by impulsive, confrontational 20...

Misery Index about to soar in CA, US

February 22, 2013 By admin. Feb. 22, 2013 By Chriss Street The  “Misery Index” is inflation plus the unemployment rate. For example, today the U.S. unemployment rate is 7.9 percent and inflation is 1.7 percent. So the "Misery Index" (rounding off) is 10 points. Anything above 10 points is considered a tough time for the economy. This measure of national pain peaked at 21 points in 1980, the last year of t...

Freer home sales market draws Californians to Texas

February 21, 2013 By admin. Feb. 21, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi What draws working and middle class Californians to states like Texas is mostly a freer home sales market, which brings lower prices.  A zero state income tax rate and lower business tax rates that provide incentives for job creation also matter, but to a lesser extent. The Texas advantage occurs even though its property base tax rates are double or tr...

CA admits higher taxes kill tax collection

February 21, 2013 By admin. Feb. 21, 2013 By Chriss Street Gov. Jerry Brown was just forced to admit reality. His supposed $5 billion boost in January tax collection from Proposition 30, which increased sales and income taxes, was really just an early collection of taxes. Two weeks ago, California state revenues were up by $4.3 billion in January over Brown's proposed 2013-14 budget proposal.  At the time, I s...
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