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October 25, 2003
June Casagrande Just weeks after Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger rode into office on an anti-car-tax crusade, city officials are wondering where the money's going to come from. Despite this lingering math mystery, Newport Beach leaders are confident that Sacramento leaders will make good on their word to continue send money to cities. "From what the new governor has said, he has every intention of trying to repeal the car tax, but the message to us is, 'Don't worry.
NEWS
November 10, 2003
Alicia Robinson Car buyers in Newport-Mesa are not put off by the tripled car tax that went into effect last month, according to local car dealers, who say they aren't suffering the same sales slump as the rest of the state. Consumers are wondering whether Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger will make good on his promise to repeal the car tax when he takes office next week, but that uncertainty hasn't stopped them from buying. Auto sales figures released Thursday by J.D. Power and Associates showed retail auto sales statewide declined 33.1% from September to October, but local dealers haven't felt that big of a pinch.
NEWS
November 18, 2003
Alicia Robinson Local business and political leaders largely echoed the optimism seen at the inauguration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday in Sacramento, and said they are eager for the new administration to get down to business. "I think it was a great start to a new day," Assemblyman John Campbell said. He and Newport Beach Mayor Steve Bromberg were among a crowd of thousands who attended the ceremony. "I guess if I was going to characterize it, I would say there was just so much positive electricity in the air, it was noticeable from any angle," Bromberg said.
NEWS
October 3, 2003
Deirdre Newman Arnold Schwarzenegger channeled his Terminator persona's killer instinct to demonstrate his disdain for the car tax on Thursday. During a campaign rally in Costa Mesa, Schwarzenegger -- who in most polls is leading the state's recall election -- told the fervent crowd that when his movie characters don't take a liking to something, they destroy it. Then he promised to use the same tactic against the car tax if elected governor on Tuesday.
NEWS
April 6, 2004
June Casagrande Last year city budget planners didn't even bother counting on the car tax as a revenue source as they laid out their $154.9 million spending plan. This year, they can prudently expect $4.2 million in vehicle registration fees. Yet this year's projected spending plan, which calculates in that revenue source, is $155 million -- only $100,000 more than last year. Calculated the same way as the 2003-04 spending plan, the 2004-05 spending plan would be $150.
NEWS
February 18, 2009
What do you think of the most recent state budget proposal?   The $14-billion tax increase and budget deal will fail to accomplish its main purpose — to balance the budget. Why? Because the tax rate increases will not generate the revenue projected in a weak economy while half of the spending reductions are merely accounting shifts. This budget has no real government reform. Linking additional years of tax increases to a spending limit constitutional initiative in a May 19 special election will result in the failure of that initiative: Few taxpayers will agree to a weak spending limit in exchange for more taxes on their heads for three more years.
NEWS
January 14, 2004
June Casagrande All over the state, municipal governments are scrambling to figure out exactly what the state budget will mean to their local finances. At the same time, residents are struggling to understand the ways in which the numbers will hit home. Newport Beach City Councilman John Heffernan wants to spare this city's residents the pain of that uncertainty. Heffernan has asked city staff to prepare a formal report to be presented in a regular City Council meeting.
NEWS
February 19, 2004
INSIDE CITY HALL Here are a few of the issues the council considered Tuesday: TRANSPORTATION REPORT The council received a final report from the Downtown and Eastside Transportation Ad Hoc Committee. The committee was charged with making recommendations for traffic improvements on the east side of the city, including Newport Boulevard, East 17th Street and the neighborhoods east of Newport Boulevard. In November, the committee voted in favor of widening Newport Boulevard by adding a fourth northbound lane between 17th and 19th streets and a fourth southbound lane between 19th Street and Broadway.
NEWS
July 10, 2003
Paul Clinton State Sen. Tom McClintock (R-Thousand Oaks) has named Newport Beach's Assemblyman John Campbell to co-chair a committee to reverse Gov. Gray Davis' move to eliminate the vehicle license rebate. On June 20, the Davis administration pushed to activate a trigger clause in a 1998 law that will end the legislation's rebate to drivers registering their vehicles. The move, which goes into effect in October, effectively triples the cost of registering a vehicle.
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February 25, 2014
A 74-year-old Irvine woman accidentally crashed her car into a Costa Mesa business over the weekend, authorities said. Police responded to Liberty Tax, 2200 Harbor Blvd., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports that a car had been driven into the building, according to a news release. The woman drove her black, BMW 535i station wagon over a curb and through the glass storefront, narrowly missing a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy seated on the couch in the store. The girl was treated at Hoag Hospital for lacerations to her left leg. The boy was also treated at the hospital for lacerations to his abdomen from flying debris.
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NEWS
By Colin McCarthy | May 13, 2009
On May 19 California voters will be asked to lengthen the single largest tax increase in our state’s 159-year history through a series of six cleverly worded ballot measures. Although phrased as “spending caps,” these measures will extend Sacramento’s money-grab for another two years, through 2012. These ballot measures are strongly supported by several prominent interest groups that have poured millions of dollars into distorted campaign ads trying to deceive voters into believing these measures will curb tax increases.
NEWS
February 18, 2009
What do you think of the most recent state budget proposal?   The $14-billion tax increase and budget deal will fail to accomplish its main purpose — to balance the budget. Why? Because the tax rate increases will not generate the revenue projected in a weak economy while half of the spending reductions are merely accounting shifts. This budget has no real government reform. Linking additional years of tax increases to a spending limit constitutional initiative in a May 19 special election will result in the failure of that initiative: Few taxpayers will agree to a weak spending limit in exchange for more taxes on their heads for three more years.
NEWS
April 6, 2004
June Casagrande Last year city budget planners didn't even bother counting on the car tax as a revenue source as they laid out their $154.9 million spending plan. This year, they can prudently expect $4.2 million in vehicle registration fees. Yet this year's projected spending plan, which calculates in that revenue source, is $155 million -- only $100,000 more than last year. Calculated the same way as the 2003-04 spending plan, the 2004-05 spending plan would be $150.
NEWS
February 19, 2004
INSIDE CITY HALL Here are a few of the issues the council considered Tuesday: TRANSPORTATION REPORT The council received a final report from the Downtown and Eastside Transportation Ad Hoc Committee. The committee was charged with making recommendations for traffic improvements on the east side of the city, including Newport Boulevard, East 17th Street and the neighborhoods east of Newport Boulevard. In November, the committee voted in favor of widening Newport Boulevard by adding a fourth northbound lane between 17th and 19th streets and a fourth southbound lane between 19th Street and Broadway.
NEWS
January 15, 2004
JOSEPH N. BELL Here are some of the things I discovered in the piles of unread newspapers awaiting me when I returned from a holiday trip: First, on the high side, just a few weeks after my daughter, Patt, and I bought a 20-game package to Angel games in the upcoming baseball season, the Angels' new owner, Arte Moreno, thanked us by acquiring outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, certainly one of the best hitters in the...
NEWS
January 14, 2004
June Casagrande All over the state, municipal governments are scrambling to figure out exactly what the state budget will mean to their local finances. At the same time, residents are struggling to understand the ways in which the numbers will hit home. Newport Beach City Councilman John Heffernan wants to spare this city's residents the pain of that uncertainty. Heffernan has asked city staff to prepare a formal report to be presented in a regular City Council meeting.
NEWS
January 10, 2004
Deirdre Newman City leaders and managers reacted with an air of resignation to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget on Friday. The governor's plan would take a $1.3 billion chunk from local governments' property taxes in the 2004-05 fiscal year. That translates to a loss of about $1.1 million for Costa Mesa, City Manager Allan Roeder said. Mayor Gary Monahan said he wasn't surprised by the hit to local governments. He said he doesn't agree with some of his colleagues in other cities who are hysterically mad at the state scooping more property tax dollars out of local coffers.
NEWS
November 18, 2003
Alicia Robinson Local business and political leaders largely echoed the optimism seen at the inauguration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday in Sacramento, and said they are eager for the new administration to get down to business. "I think it was a great start to a new day," Assemblyman John Campbell said. He and Newport Beach Mayor Steve Bromberg were among a crowd of thousands who attended the ceremony. "I guess if I was going to characterize it, I would say there was just so much positive electricity in the air, it was noticeable from any angle," Bromberg said.
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