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June 6, 2002
Paul Clinton A grim mood has begun to seep into City Hall as the city's money managers have realized they have almost $6 million less cash in the kitty than expected. A sales-tax report covering October through December was troubling enough for Administrative Services Director Clay Martin to cut $3 million out of his revenue forecast for the 2001-02 fiscal year. Martin and other officials say the revenue losses are partly due to the crippling effects of the Sept.
NEWS
By By Dave Brooks | October 20, 2005
Measure D on Nov. 8 ballot would transfer some sales tax money from sheriff and D.A. to firefighters. Voters are being asked to extinguish a political battle between Orange County firefighters and sheriff's deputies during the Nov. 8 statewide special election. Four competing county ballot measures have been drafted to tackle how a half-cent sales tax should be spent on public safety. Officials with the Orange County Fire Authority said their firefighters deserve a share of the decade-old revenue source and are supporting Measure D, a ballot initiative to channel some police money to firefighters.
NEWS
April 26, 2001
Huntington Beach may be getting a clean bill of health on the three years of raw sewage that leaked into the ground, but we stink in some another significant area. At the last Huntington Beach City Council meeting, I heard a council member deploring the city's financial condition. We didn't repair the sewers because we didn't have the money. We can't repair the infrastructure because we don't have the money. We'll be cutting services to the citizens because we won't have the money.
NEWS
October 9, 2003
Tom Harman Cartoonist Charles Schulz made famous a routine where, every year, Lucy would entice Charlie Brown to kick the football with promises that her behavior would change and Charlie would come out a winner. She would faithfully promise not to pull the football away at the last second as Charlie raced forward to kick it. Substitute California cities for Charlie, and state government for Lucy, and you have the situation where, every year, the state promises to behave better, only for cities to find that hope dashed once again.
NEWS
By Jim Silva | November 21, 2008
Two months ago, the California legislature passed a “get out of town” budget following a record-breaking budget impasse. Long-term budget reform offered up by Republicans was disregarded by the majority party in favor of one-time-solutions that did little to help our state weather the economic storm that swept through our country in October. With California’s economy in freefall, it is estimated that our budget deficit has now grown to as much as $11.2 billion, and it’s getting larger by the day. Permanent solutions are needed to reduce the long-term deficit, and failure to act is simply not an option if we want to save California from bankruptcy.
NEWS
By: | September 9, 2005
Hindsight, as they often say, is 20-20. There is a lot of grousing about the fact that $9 million -- two more million than needed for immediate Bluebird Canyon landslide repairs -- were spent in 2002 by the city to pay for the Treasure Island Park near the Montage Resort & Spa. The park is truly lovely and a marvelous place to show off the beauties of Laguna's coastline, but spending that much on it now seems like...
NEWS
January 8, 2004
Jenny Marder One year ago, a sprawling $120-million luxury resort opened on Surf City's coast with promises of increased tourism and a financial windfall for its company and the city. As 2004 begins, officials at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa are singing praises to a successful first year. It will celebrate its first anniversary Jan. 30. The resort was expected to set itself apart from neighboring hotels by its luxury and convention center's capacity.
NEWS
April 14, 2005
TOM HARMAN As April 15 approaches, I'm reminded of the old saying about the inevitability of death and taxes. Many in the state Legislature are considering adding a new twist by actually creating two new taxes on the dead. They have proposed a tax on funeral services and a change in property-transfer laws to increase the tax when a person dies and leaves property to heirs. Those are just two items on a laundry list of taxes that the Tax Committee chairman, Assemblyman Johan Klehs, has assembled.
LOCAL
By Ryan Carr | March 11, 2009
Pay up! You have taxes due! Sales tax, property tax, service tax, income tax. Yeah. We pay all this. But where is it going? Is it going to your local schools? Is it going to your mother's welfare? Or is it going to executives as bogous bonuses? Why do you think we're walking through the back door of recession when we have a stimulis package that's giving us an inch of relif? The recession is hitting us hard here in Huntington Beach. Bailout money given to compaines that have failed.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | April 20, 2011
A pair of analyses of the Huntington Beach downtown scene show a grim picture of the impact the bars and concentrated alcohol licenses have on the city's safety and reputation. Two Huntington Beach organizations have compiled data highlighting the number of establishments that serve alcohol and the number of bar and restaurant customers who flush into the city's streets and, as a result, make Huntington Beach the city with the most drunk-driving incidents for its size in California.
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August 26, 2010
Name: Patrick "Pat" Tucker Age: 46 Birthplace: Philadelphia How long have you lived in Fountain Valley? 16 years Occupation: sales and operations manager of 20 tire stores Education: high school diploma Previously elected or appointed positions: Fountain Valley High School Baseball Board Ways & Means and Fountain Valley High School Baseball Board second vice president Community organizations you belong to: proud supporter of Tip-A –Cop, Taste of Fountain Valley, Kiwanis Club Poker Tournament and Summerfest.
NEWS
April 2, 2009
For being in Congress for 22 years, what has Rep. Dana Rohrabacher done? (?Rep. showed grace,? March 26) Nothing. Legislation introduced, passed and enacted. Nothing. We have taxation without representation from do-nothing-Dana. He deserves to be snubbed. Milt Dardis Huntington Beach ? Trust, Amigos need say in interpretive center Paul Arms? commentary (?Collaboration needed for center,? March 26) was right on the mark. The conservancy board consists of the builders of homes on the Bolsa Chica, Hearthside homes and others who have not been in the trenches for the last 20 years as have the Bolsa Chica Land Trust and the Amigos de Bolsa Chica.
LOCAL
By Ryan Carr | March 11, 2009
Pay up! You have taxes due! Sales tax, property tax, service tax, income tax. Yeah. We pay all this. But where is it going? Is it going to your local schools? Is it going to your mother's welfare? Or is it going to executives as bogous bonuses? Why do you think we're walking through the back door of recession when we have a stimulis package that's giving us an inch of relif? The recession is hitting us hard here in Huntington Beach. Bailout money given to compaines that have failed.
NEWS
By Jim Silva | December 3, 2008
In September, the California Legislature passed a “get out of town” budget following a record-breaking impasse. Long-term budget reform offered up by Republicans was disregarded by the majority party in favor of one-time solutions. Now, three months later, it is estimated that our budget deficit has grown to as much as $27 billion over the next 18 months. Permanent solutions are needed and failure to act is simply not an option if we want to save California from bankruptcy.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | September 3, 2008
The Huntington Beach City Council approved a $336.7-million budget this week, and city officials say it is balanced and saves some money for a rainy day. The City Council voted Tuesday to approve the annual budget after a public hearing. The city didn’t have to lay anyone off or cut services in its 2008-09 budget, despite a tough economy, officials said. “We’re pretty relieved that even though we have a pretty dismal state of the national economy, we were able to propose a budget that didn’t cut any services or employees, and we keep our service level the same,” Councilman Keith Bohr said.
NEWS
By By Dave Brooks | October 20, 2005
Measure D on Nov. 8 ballot would transfer some sales tax money from sheriff and D.A. to firefighters. Voters are being asked to extinguish a political battle between Orange County firefighters and sheriff's deputies during the Nov. 8 statewide special election. Four competing county ballot measures have been drafted to tackle how a half-cent sales tax should be spent on public safety. Officials with the Orange County Fire Authority said their firefighters deserve a share of the decade-old revenue source and are supporting Measure D, a ballot initiative to channel some police money to firefighters.
NEWS
By: Barbara Diamond | September 9, 2005
After a loud outcry by opponents, the sale of Laguna's Girl Scout House was taken off the table by City Council Tuesday -- along with other city-owned properties -- as a way to raise disaster funds. Instead, citizens will be asked whether they would rather increase the city's sales tax to pay for landslide repairs and other emergencies. City officials concluded an emotion-wrought meeting with a late-night decision to hold a special meeting Sept. 16 to gauge public support for a tax hike to defray the costs of any disaster that might strike.
NEWS
By: | September 9, 2005
Hindsight, as they often say, is 20-20. There is a lot of grousing about the fact that $9 million -- two more million than needed for immediate Bluebird Canyon landslide repairs -- were spent in 2002 by the city to pay for the Treasure Island Park near the Montage Resort & Spa. The park is truly lovely and a marvelous place to show off the beauties of Laguna's coastline, but spending that much on it now seems like...
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