Wake up, you evolutionary revolutionaries of Occupy L.A., you are dancing with the very people you say you despise — the panderers to corporate greed and union selfishness, the people who serve the 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent.
time to move on. The trees are in the process of being impacted. The
grass is being impacted. Other activities that we need to do on the
lawns are being put on the back burner,” Rosendahl told Channel 7. ”I frankly think if we can be civil about it, they should get the
message that it’s time to move on from our lawn at City Hall. It is
everybody’s lawn, not just those with their tents right now,”
business tax holiday is a proven tool for bringing businesses to Los Angeles
and generating jobs,” Villaraigosa told the United Chambers of Commerce luncheon in Woodland Hills on Tuesday .
first time, I am calling on the City Council to make the three year tax holiday
for new businesses permanent. There should be no expiration date on this
common-sense, job-creating policy. I
support a fiscally responsible approach to the elimination of the business
It has taken a long while but even the LA Times has figured out what’s wrong with the tax holiday gimmick.
problem with making the gross-receipts tax holiday permanent is that only those
businesses that arrived within the last three years, and new ones that arrive
from now on, would get it,” an editorial noted today. “Stalwarts that have stayed in the city for decades
and missed the three-year reprieve enjoyed by the newbies would be punished for
their loyalty. As new companies — competitors, perhaps — got a tax rate and
filing burden of zero, older firms would be stuck, in essence, underwriting
them. That’s patently unfair.”
A lot of renters feel the same way about the Council’s decision Tuesday to help out landlords at their expense. Rejecting a recommendation to split between landlords and tenants $67.83 in higher city fees on every rent control apartment to fund the scandal-plagued Housing Department’s hiring program, the Council chose to make the renters pay the full cost.
Here’s what tenant Leslie Ayres wrote to the Council:
“Where is the fairness, the equity and balance needed in this great
economic recession/depression? Where is
your compassion and sensibilities? You
would far better giving out less tax credits to the W Hotel for example
than what you are about to do upon disabled and folks living on social security.”
If there is still any doubt in anyone’s mind on whether City Hall is on the side of the 1 percent or the 99 percent, consider the “egregious situation” 81-year-old Hollywood businessman Aaron Epstein brought to light because he was shocked “our city entities are abandoning our students, reducing our needed police force, while at the same time offering unasked for funds to well-to-do property owners.”What upset him was that te Community Redevelopment Agency which has poured billions of tax dollars into the pockets of wealthy developers in downtown and Hollywood for decades at the expense of the city’s neighborhoods, especially the poorest and most blighted ones, has a new deal to enrich commercial property owners with taxpayer gifts of up to $200,000 each. ( CRA-Hollywood.pdf)
Columnist Steve Lopez picked up on Epstein’s concern and set up the story this way:
“Aaron Epstein, a Hollywood businessman, got an offer recently
that a lot of people in his situation would have leapt at.
“Hey, said City Hall, would you like a handout, Mr. Epstein?
If so, we’ll give you money — as much as $200,000 — to spruce up your building,
inside and out.
“It’s all part of a Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency
program to brighten up Hollywood Boulevard, and Epstein is one of dozens of
business owners eligible for cash loans.
“And the deal gets better.
“The loans don’t have to be repaid if owners keep up their
property for 10 years after getting the money.
“That was not a misprint.
“A small business can get $37,500 without having to pay it back, and can
qualify for up to $200,000 by matching with its own funds every public dollar
above $37,500. Owners of larger spaces can qualify for up to $150,000 without
having to match the public money.”