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Taxes–Lying in the Weeds

Taxes–Lying in the Weeds

    By Jon Coupal Once again it is time for taxpayers to get a good grip on their wallets because Sacramento politicians are looking to extend the “temporary” taxes imposed by Proposition 30, approved by voters less than two years ago. There is nothing more permanent than a temporary tax. They are as immortal […]

Candidate’s Corner: Douglas Kmiec Independent for the 26th Congressional District

Candidate’s Corner: Douglas Kmiec Independent for the 26th Congressional District

We invite all the candidates who are running for office in our area to provide us with a statement.  When we receive these we will be posting them in our latest feature: Candidate’s Corner. After all, it’s your backyard, Ventura County. From Douglas Kmiec, Independent for the 26th Congressional District: As the forum at California […]

Why Not Sustainability in a Spending Limit?

Why Not Sustainability in a Spending Limit?

  By Jon Coupal Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown delivered the keynote address at a sustainability summit hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council. While the summit focused on California’s environmental, energy and water policy, we have to wonder whether the governor will exert the same effort in support of fiscal sustainability now that he […]

Who Wears the White Hats?

Who Wears the White Hats?

. . . By Michael Greer Leftists like to characterize themselves as the “compassionate party”. They care about the poor, they care about women’s reproductive rights, they care about income inequality, they care about fairness. Or do they??  The left believes government should solve all “problems”. They look for problems to solve, even when the […]

Open letter to the Ventura Mayor, Council and City Manager–Quit wasting our money

Open letter to the Ventura Mayor, Council and City Manager–Quit wasting our money

Mayor, City Council and City Manager, I agree wholeheartedly with the Ventura Taxpayers Association that an oversight committee is needed for the Ventura Water Department given the level of planned capital expenditures ($451 million) and the recent Water Department/City missteps – specifically the $55 million Heal the Bay lawsuit related to the dumping of treated […]

City of San Ramon tries to saddle landowners with its employee retirement costs

City of San Ramon tries to saddle landowners with its employee retirement costs

Like many California cities, San Ramon, in Contra Costa County, is facing budget strains because of the generous retiree benefits that it has promised its public employees. Listen to Damien Schiff discuss this special tax    Now city officials have concocted a creative ploy to help staunch this “retirement red ink.” They’ve created a special […]

Gone to Texas–why businesses are leaving California

Gone to Texas–why businesses are leaving California

By Jon Coupal Texas Governor Rick Perry is returning to California, and to left-leaning politicians in Sacramento he is about as welcome as Godzilla in Tokyo. The cause of this consternation is Perry’s pro-business record which exposes all the weaknesses of the California approach to governing. While Texas focuses on job creation, California lawmakers give […]

Six important tax tips for homeowners

Six important tax tips for homeowners

UPDATE; Please keep in mind that the tips apply to federal income tax returns and not all apply to State of California returns By Jeff Reeves For tax year 2013, the standard deduction is $6,100 for single Americans and $12,200 for those married and filing jointly. That means unless you can claim more than those […]

Hold on to your wallet, Sacramento wants more of your money

Hold on to your wallet, Sacramento wants more of your money

  . . . . . By Eric Eisenhammer I can only shake my head while typing this, but Sacramento just can’t help itself. It’s sad, but true.   Two years ago, Democrats manipulated voters into thinking that they needed to raise taxes on themselves by $7 billion annually.      Now the state has billions […]

Beware of “Local” Measures

Beware of “Local” Measures

  . . .   . By Thomas Adams At the last mid-terms in 2010, Ventura County had measure H, a ½ % parcel tax with the promise that ALL of the money would go to benefit local schools. It was discovered that all 58 counties in California had measures to benefit local schools. Hard […]