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Taxpayers win Fresno rate hike court ruling

May 5, 2014 By John Hrabe. A group of taxpayers battling the City of Fresno has won a critical legal victory in their fight to get a referendum of the city's water rate increases on the November ballot. On April 28, Superior Court Judge M. Bruce Smith reaffirmed his preliminary ruling granting the "Citizens of Lower Water Bills -- Yes on Measure W" the right to move forward with their referendum on the city's c...

CA lawmakers look to pull plug on NSA snooping

May 2, 2014 By James Poulos. Big Brother might have to close his eyes. A new bipartisan bill would prohibit California's cooperation with warrantless snooping by the National Security Agency. Senate Bill 828 is by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach. Invoking the Bill of Rights' Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, SB828 would affect the state, its employees, its governme...

‘Job-Killer’ bill would allow split-roll parcel tax

May 2, 2014 By John Hrabe. Just days after Toyota announced plans to move its corporate headquarters to Texas, the California Senate is poised to adopt a bill that would create a split-roll parcel tax system. Senate Bill 1021, introduced by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would allow school districts to impose different parcel tax rates on different types of property. That means commercial, industrial, residen...

Support for boosting school taxes drops

May 1, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Proposition 13 still garners broad support across California 36 years after the tax-limitation measure was passed. According to the latest opinion poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California,  support for loosening Prop. 13's two-thirds vote requirement for approving local parcel taxes for schools has dropped from 46 percent in April 2011 to 39 percent i...
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