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Noted Lawyer Slammed in Judicial Gulag

July 5th, 2011 By admin. JULY 5, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR When I met Richard Fine in the summer of 2001, he was riding high. Shortly after that he was rotting in jail. A prominent attorney with a thriving practice in Beverly Hills, in the sunny days of 2001 Fine was a political insider with powerful connections to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Henry Waxman and political commentator Arianna Huffington. F...

Redevelopment is Prop. 13 in Reverse

June 28th, 2011 By admin. JUNE 28, 2011 by WAYNE LUSVARDI To California redevelopment advocates, the policy brings the Midas touch to cities, turning everything into gold for the Golden State. Redevelopment fans point to all the beautiful new malls, restored Old Town business districts, industrial parks and mixed-use developments with trendy condos and apartments as self-evident proof that King Midas has visit...

Victims Program Needs Major Overhaul

June 27th, 2011 By admin. JUNE 27, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR The California State Victims of Crime Program (VCP) is a neat little boutique agency designed to assist crime victims. It’s officially known as the Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board, or colloquially as the CalVCP. Formed in 1965, CalVCP is the oldest such crime victims program in the nation. It serves more than 50,000 crime victims per...

Prop. 13 Split Roll Would Be Ripoff

June 20th, 2011 By admin. JUNE 20, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI and CHARLES B. WARREN Democrats in the California Legislature want to repeal the property tax reassessment protections of Proposition 13 for commercial properties under the dubious notion that there is a pot of California 49er gold at the end of the rainbow. Prop. 13's existing protections for homeowners would remain the same. If the commercial protecti...
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