Fullerton and Anaheim consider options for potential rent caps at mobile home parks

By Spencer Custodio, Voice of OC | Mobile home park residents in Anaheim and Fullerton may see any planned rent increases capped soon as council members consider rent increase relief options after seniors petitioned both city councils in March.

Rancho La PazSeniors living in the Ranch La Paz mobile home park, which straddles Anaheim and Fullerton, packed the two cities’ council chambers March 19 after learning their rents would increase June 1 anywhere from $300 to $400 because of an ownership change and the resulting increase in property tax.

[A number of Rancho La Paz residents who attended the last Fullerton City Council meeting spoke on the issue during public comments; watch the video here.]

Following the Rancho La Paz residents turnout at the council meetings, Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu, along with Councilmen Trevor O’Neil and Stephen Faessel were able to delay the rent increase to Sept. 1 after meeting with the owner, John Saunders.

Anaheim council members will consider two different ordinances Tuesday aimed at freezing the rent increases after Councilman Jose Moreno scheduled them on the agendas at the last meeting.

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Anaheim officials believe the city has the legal standing to freeze or cap rent increases because it is a charter city. Charter cities typically have more freedom in the types of ordinances that can be passed or how it contracts with businesses.

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While there’s no ordinance scheduled for a vote at the Fullerton meeting Tuesday, council members will discuss the potential of crafting an ordinance and possibly give direction to staff in an effort to help cap mobile home rents in the city.

Meanwhile, in a letter written to Fullerton Mayor Jesus Silva attached to the agenda, Saunders pledged no longtime resident will be forced out of Rancho La Paz mobile home park due to rents.

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

The AgendaTo read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda, please click here (pdf).

The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or 7:30 . . . or even later.

And you can also watch it at home on cable Channel 3 (Spectrum — formerly Time Warner Cable).

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Most say they’re taxed more than their fair share

More Americans than ever think they are overtaxed despite last year’s tax cuts and tax reform.

TaxesA new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of American Adults believe they are paying more than their fair share of taxes. In regular surveying for the past 10 years, this finding has ranged from a low of 45% in 2017 to a previous high of 55% the year before.

Just 26% say they are not overtaxed compared to people who make more or less than they do. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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California may be reaching the point of ‘taxuration’

By Jon Coupal | The phenomenon of “taxuration” occurs when taxpayers are so saturated with new tax-hike proposals that they start to rebel. According to a new poll, taxuration may have finally arrived in California, if hasn’t been here already.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalLast week, the Public Policy Institute of California released the findings of a survey showing that a majority of likely voters in the state aren’t very happy with the tax burdens they are forced to pay. Most Californians say the state’s tax system is unfair, which is a reversal from the same question asked in March 2017. More importantly, a solid majority of likely voters in California think they pay more taxes to state and local governments than they should.

While perception is often not correlated with reality, it appears that Californians have a fairly realistic understanding of the tax burden in the state relative to other states. According to the report, “The public’s perceptions are somewhat in line with fiscal facts: California’s state and local tax collections per capita in 2015 were 10th-highest in the nation,” citing the left leaning Tax Policy Center. Note that another think tank, the Tax Foundation, ranks California even higher in tax burden.

It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone paying attention that citizens are reaching the breaking point on tax hikes. Every day seems to bring a new big tax-hike proposal emanating from the state Capitol. Just one example that popped up this week was a proposal to bring back California’s estate tax, which was repealed by voters in 1982. Other tax-hike proposals in the mix include higher income tax rates, a water tax, a soda tax, sales tax on services and a so-called “carbon intensity” tax. (Don’t ask.)

To read the entire column, please click here.

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No kidding: Four Orange County cities boost sales taxes tomorrow, April Fools’ Day

By Susan Christian Goulding, Orange County Register | With a dose of irony, sales tax increases in four Orange County cities begin on Monday, April 1 – yes, that’s April Fools’ Day.

Last November, voters in Garden Grove, Placentia and Seal Beach approved hikes of one penny per dollar spent on taxable purchases. Santa Ana did things a little differently, with a 1.5 percent add-on that will drop to 1 percent in 10 years.

The foursome joins five Orange County cities that already bolstered local taxes in previous elections. The statewide sales tax rate is 7.25 percent, of which cities automatically get a penny per dollar spent. Orange County tacks on another half cent to pay for roads and public transit.

Beware: Residents will not succeed at “gaming the system” by leaving their town to shop for cars in cities with lower taxes. For automobiles, sales tax is calculated at the rate of the customer’s residence, not the location of the dealership.

The extra money will go into each city’s general fund. City councils may expend the funds for any municipal purpose, including salaries and burgeoning public employee pension expenses. But to rally support for the increases, all four cities vowed first and foremost to improve public safety resources.

Here is a look at what cities have promised to target . . . .

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California still dying for new taxes

By Steven Greenhut | California’s state budget is flush with cash and spending levels have hit record highs. After last decade’s recession, state lawmakers talked about making up for spending “cutbacks,” but those days of slowed spending growth are long-distant memories. Nevertheless, every few seconds, it seems, a legislator proposes some new, major tax increase. No matter what these Democrats say, their appetite for taxation is insatiable. Good times or bad, there’s always one, simple solution: Raise taxes on the “rich” to pay for more programs for the “poor.”

Steven GreenhutThe latest insanity comes from Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, who actually is considered one of the more moderate members of the Democratic caucus, which should tell you something. His idea is to impose a death tax on Californians unfortunate enough to be living here when the Grim Reaper calls. The goal is to counteract the effects of the Republican tax overhaul law and provide an estimated $1 billion a year to pay for programs that help the poor “end the cycle of intergenerational poverty.”

A hint for Sen. Wiener: The best way to create wealth and end intergenerational poverty is for people to become less dependent on government programs and to, you know, get jobs, save money, buy houses and that sort of thing. To his credit, some of Wiener’s other legislation has tried to untangle some of California’s housing regulations, which make such upward mobility less feasible. But this proposal is a stinker in that it will only chase away the kind of people who might otherwise be building businesses that employ the inter-generationally challenged.

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California’s online sales tax collection begins Monday, April 1

By Hannah Wiley, Sacramento Bee | Pump the sales tax brakes.

Out-of-state online retailers who make more than 200 transactions or $100,000 in California sales have four days before they must begin collecting and remitting state sales tax from shoppers.

But California lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill that would make critical amendments to the new regulation under the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, which is requiring non-California businesses to register with the state and start collecting state sales tax.

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Marina del Rey, and state Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, are spearheading Assembly Bill 147, [supported by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva] which raises the sales threshold for mandatory tax collection to $500,000 so that small retailers don’t have to collect taxes on nominal sales they make in California.

“A higher threshold will make the implementation easier and capture the vast majority of tax revenue generated by online retailers here in the state,” McGuire said. “This is a well thought out and comprehensive approach. This bill strikes a balance between all the stakeholders. California retailers, online platforms, out-of-state businesses and many others.”

The proposal would then require third-party sellers on sites like eBay, Amazon and Etsy, to collect and pay the taxes on behalf of its sellers beginning Oct. 1, 2019 “because collecting tax from a few larger marketplaces is easier than from several thousand sellers,” according to the bill analysis.

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Assembly Democrats want lower threshold to raise local taxes

By Kathleen Ronayne, Sacramento Bee | California voters could decide in 2020 whether it should be easier for their local governments to raise taxes and issue bonds for affordable housing, road improvements and other public projects.

A constitutional amendment proposed Wednesday [ACA 1] would lower how much voter support communities need to raise money for infrastructure projects from two-thirds to 55 percent.

Assembly Democrats say the current threshold allows a minority of voters to derail needed projects.

“These two-thirds thresholds are meant to enable a boisterous minority to impede progress,” said Assemblyman Todd Gloria of San Diego.

But taxpayer advocates said it would make things more expensive for homeowners in particular because it could lead to more parcel taxes, a flat tax levied on property owners.

“If this passes it’s going to be devastating for property owners,” said David Wolfe, legislative director for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

To read the entire news story, please click here.

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LAUSD’s punishing parcel tax proposal

By Jon Coupal | America’s most dysfunctional school district has stepped in it again. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), apparently coming to the shocking realization that there was no way they could pay for the horrible deal they just cut with the unions, has hurriedly placed on the ballot for June a new property tax that leaves no Los Angeles taxpayer unscathed.

That grassroots taxpayer interests would be opposed to the new levy is no surprise. But several business organizations, usually more tolerant of higher government spending — particularly for education — have had enough. Groups as diverse as the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) and the L.A. County Business Federation (BizFed) have all announced their opposition. None of these organizations is anti-education. In fact, all are pro-education as long as there is demonstrable improvement in the education product we are all paying for. On this score, LAUSD falls way short.

At the core of the broad-based opposition is the abject lack of long overdue reforms at LAUSD.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalThe list of reasons to oppose the tax is long.

First, taxpayers would be wasting millions of dollars on a special election.

The LAUSD Board voted unanimously to put the tax increase before the voters in a special election to be held on June 4, 2019. The cost of the special election is $12.5 million.

The tax would add hundreds of dollars to tax bills and rents and would do so in a convoluted manner. Rather than a flat tax on every parcel — which would be bad enough — the proposed tax increase would be 16 cents per square foot of building improvements on properties within the district.

That’s $160 for every 1,000 square feet. Property owners (and tenants) should be sitting down when they do the math on this one.

Seniors are ostensibly exempt from the tax, but not from rent increases.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Fullerton City Hall is closed today for another three-day weekend

City Hall Closure Dates and
Observed Holidays

2019
January –1*, 11, 25
February – 8, 18*, 22
March – 8, 22
April – 5, 19
May – 3, 17, 27*,31
June – 14, 28
July – 4*, 12, 26
August – 9, 23
September – 2*, 6, 20
October – 4, 18
November – 1, 11*, 15, 28*, 29*
December – 13, 24*, 25*, 26^,27^, 31*

*Holiday observed
^Winter Closure

Fullerton City Hall

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