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L.A. County Supervisors to Sue Calif. Lawmakers

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Posted on Jul 21, 2009
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Los Angeles County supervisors, from left: Zev Yarolavsky, Gloria Molina, Don Knabe, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (now retired from the board), and Michael Antonovich. Not pictured is Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Following the long-awaited agreement on closing the California budgetary gap, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to sue state lawmakers if they pursue their plans to use city highway and redevelopment taxes to cover the state deficit. The supervisors are also looking into the legality of some of the proposed cuts, which greatly affect those who need help the most.

The Los Angeles Times:

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to sue state lawmakers if they pursue plans to seize local redevelopment and highway taxes to cover the state budget deficit. Other local governments are expected to take similar actions to prevent major cuts proposed in the budget deal reached last night.

This morning, Supervisors Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky proposed that county counsel sue to block any effort by the state to illegally withhold gas taxes or extend redevelopment projects, effectively redirecting taxes from the county to the state.

All of the supervisors approved the proposal except Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who was absent. “You’d think they’d be making better decisions than this,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said.

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By Stepping Razor, July 24, 2009 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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“The large cities on the coast of California have always supported the rest of the state with revenue.”

AND, The rest of Kalifornia supports the coast of Kalifornia with their foodstuffs and natural resources.

IMO, this attitude you express is a very big part of the problem. This ME generation crap is the fountainhead of the problem. You see it in the national health care debate/struggle. The sooner we drop the ME crap and bring back WE The People the better WE all will be.

Every nation of Europe was once just a bunch of city states ruled by feudal lords and all were selfish little backwaters where the libertarian ideals were practiced. It wasn’t until one after another a person/group united those feudal city states into something greater did society advance. IMO, this nation is regressing into a bunch of selfish city states. We could review all the great nations of history and see this but a relatively recent nation, Germany shows what becomes of a nation when it unites and what the centuries of feudalism did to Germany’s development. It lagged and was just a supplier of mercenaries and some arms to the great nations. Isn’t that the direction we are headed?? Seems that way.

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By G.Anderson, July 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

Desperate people do desperate things.

The budget put together in desperation by our legislators, is like getting shot by a robber, then going to the ER, only to have the doctor put a cotton ball over the wound but leave the bullet in.

The bullet is still there and every time you move a little bit you can feel it pressing against your heart, every time there’s a fire, or a flood, or an Earthquake, you feel the pain, right there in your side.

Nothing is solved, nothing is fixed, nor will it be. Because they will never address the fundamental issues involved in why, this state, this country is on the oblivion express.

Just how desperate will they be when the next round of ARMS begin defalting, and the deficit at least doubles.

Take a good long look in the mirror Republicrats, and look at what you’ve done.

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By SteveL, July 22, 2009 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

The large cities on the coast of California have always supported the rest of the state with revenue.  By the way where does the governor that went to Sacramento the straighten things out live?  Go back to making movies Arnold.

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