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NEWS ANALYSIS | Will California’s ‘Temporary’ Tax on Wealth Ever Fade Away?

NEWS ANALYSIS | Will California’s ‘Temporary’ Tax on Wealth Ever Fade Away?

BY BRAD JONES   When Californians voted to “temporarily” raise taxes to fund education on Nov. 6, 2012, they probably never expected the hikes would linger in one form or another until 2030, but that’s exactly what happened. Prop. 30, officially tagged as “Temporary Taxes to Fund Education,” was billed as a ballot measure to increase taxes to […]

Ventura County General Plan Update | Taxpayers Deserve to Know Cost

Ventura County General Plan Update | Taxpayers Deserve to Know Cost

As most of you know, Ventura County is currently in the process of updating its General Plan for the first time in over 30 years.  This multi-year process is in the latter phases, with a Draft General Plan recently approved by the Board of Supervisors.  This document will then move on to an Environmental Impact Analysis […]

AB 2577:  California Public Employee Unions seek taxpayers funding

AB 2577:  California Public Employee Unions seek taxpayers funding

    By Stephen Frank and Larry Sand  (Editor’s Note: The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in favor of Mark Janus in his case v. the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.) The 5-4 Supreme Court ruling against mandatory public union membership—requiring agency fees of non-members—means that large unions such as the California […]

Someone Must Stop the Post Office!

Someone Must Stop the Post Office!

    By Sigrid Weidenweber A few times every year I receive a thank-you-note, a personal invitation or a post-card in the mail. Regrettably, they have become fewer and fewer, for my friends and family now send e-cards and invitations and, instead of a post-card, people send pictures on my I-Phone, captioned: “wish you were […]

Statement by Supervisor Kelly Long on Why Appeals of Certain Permits will Not be Allowed

Statement by Supervisor Kelly Long on Why Appeals of Certain Permits will Not be Allowed

As members of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, we are often asked to consider permit applications for a wide range of things. Permits that require board approval or “discretionary” permits, can be appealed for reconsideration. The right to file these appeals is a critical part of the process and something I fully support as […]

Sacramento Democrats Kill Morrell Measure to Reaffirm Commitment to Protecting Taxpayers

Sacramento Democrats Kill Morrell Measure to Reaffirm Commitment to Protecting Taxpayers

Today, Democrats on the Senate Governance and Finance Committee blocked Senate Resolution 39 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), a measure that would have recognized the historic passage of Proposition 13 and its role in keeping property taxes low for homeowners. The committee’s rejection of this measure comes on the heels of the largest gas and car […]

Prison unions punish California taxpayers

Prison unions punish California taxpayers

. By Steven Greenhut Sacramento — If you ever wondered what’s wrong with California’s state government, then mull over this simple example: While California cuts its prison population and staff, it’s increasing the amount of money it spends to operate its massive prison system. In the private sector, a decline in the number of “customers” […]

Commentary: City of Ventura Golf Courses Bleeding Taxpayers

Commentary: City of Ventura Golf Courses Bleeding Taxpayers

    We begin with the punchline: $13.8 million tax dollars wasted on unsuccessful city golf courses.  That is what Ventura residents will pay over the next 15 years to cover accumulated and future losses at the Olivas and Buenaventura municipal golf courses – drowning in debt and unnecessary city overhead.  Golf course losses are projected to continue accumulating at $600,000 […]

Report: Taxpayers Subsidize Thousands Of Federal Workers Conducting Union Business

Report: Taxpayers Subsidize Thousands Of Federal Workers Conducting Union Business

Thousands of federal employees are likely spending 100 percent of their time performing union activities instead of the work they were hired to do, according to a report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Federal employees are allowed to use work hours for collective bargaining, impasse proceedings and additional union-related activity under a practice known […]

Science deniers in the wind industry  

Science deniers in the wind industry  

. By Helen Schwiesow Parker, PhD, LCP       The human health consequences of manipulated measurements Like the tobacco industry before it, the wind industry has spent decades vehemently denying known harmful consequences associated with its product, while promoting its fraudulent feel-good image. Dismissing or denying the serious health impacts of industrial-scale wind turbines is wishful thinking, […]

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