Friday, June 6, 2014

Woman Taxes Herself Out Of House And Home

Aw yeah!
(Mod: Every once in a while you come across something in the news that is so astonishing you just have to stand back and let it speak for itself. This is one of those cases. Apparently Gretchen Gardner is the ultimate Civility Party voter. That is, she would be if she lived here in the City of Sierra Madre. I think where she comes from they would just call her, well, something less respectful than that. Perhaps you know someone a little bit like Gretchen? I believe that I do.)

Surge in property tax bills spurs push to reform tax appraisal process (Austin Statesman link) On a recent evening, more than 300 homeowners who are worried about their rising property tax bills filled First Unitarian Universalist Church in North Austin for a town hall meeting. If something doesn’t change, many said, they will soon be priced out of their homes.

Two nights later, a similar discussion played out in South Austin, where homeowners gathered at Grace United Methodist Church in Travis Heights to talk about what can be done to slow escalating residential tax values.

“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.

“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”

(Mod: She probably thought all those taxes she voted for would only be the cost of a latte'. Hopefully Gretchen can still come back to her town from time to time and use public transportation and the Library.)

Voters can be idiots here, too. No, really!

(Mod: Last time we'd heard California State Senator Leland Yee had been arrested by the FBI for attempting to import semi-automatic weapons from Islamic Terrorists in the Philippines. The reason for this controversial move being he needed the money he'd realize from a resale of those weapons to help fund his run for California Secretary of State. His trip to the pokey forced him to drop his bid for higher office. But that hardly stopped people from voting for him, however.)

Indicted Yee gets a quarter-million votes for secretary of state (Los Angeles Times link) Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee faces federal gun trafficking and political corruption charges, but still collected more than a quarter-million votes for California secretary of state in Tuesday’s primary election.

Yee, out on bail, had filed a written notice to drop out of the race for the state’s top elections officer right after his arrest in March, but it came after the deadline for removing his name from the ballot.

The veteran lawmaker and child psychologist finished a distant third out of the eight candidates running for the office, according to preliminary totals. Late-arriving and provisional ballots are still being counted across California, so there’s a slight chance Yee's finish in the contest could slip lower.

As the vote count stood Wednesday morning, Yee finished ahead of ethics watchdog Dan Schnur, a former chairman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission, who framed his campaign around cleaning up Sacramento. Yee also finished ahead of Derek Cressman, a Democrat and former director of the good-government group Common Cause.

(Mod: In high information voter rich Sierra Madre international gun runner Leland Yee came in third place in the Sec'y of State tilt with 105 votes. Had he gotten the same Mountain Views News endorsement his fellow FBI target Paul Tanaka received in his race for Sheriff, Yee's vote total might have ballooned to as high as 200.)

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40 comments:

  1. Poor Gretchen Gardner. She has not learned on of the fundamental rules of life: The Government (local, state, federal) has no money except that which it gets from the taxpayer, you and me. Also, it has been Prop. 13 in California that has kept property taxes here somewhat sane. And now the wise and anointed legislators and bureaucrats in Sacramento want to create a two tier property tax system where commercial property owners will pay a higher rate than property owners. This is absurd, because the commercial property owners will just pass along that additional tax cost to the consumer (you) in the form of higher prices. The only way to maintain tax sanity is for government to SPEND LESS MONEY!

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    1. Josh Moran said the city doesn't have a spending problem.

      Bet he said he didn't have a spending problem when his allowance ran out, too.

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  2. Gretchen Gardner must have gone to the same school of economics as the couple in Auburn, CA who stated that had they known that they were going to have to pay the increased rates for Obamacare they would not have voted for it.

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  3. If it's true that "you can't fix stupid", we are in for a world of hurt.

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    1. "Here's your sign."
      ~ Bill Engvall

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  4. Yup, 6:52, and we are all thankful we no longer have Nancy Walsh to laugh at! Remember when she voted to charge organizations for the use of Hart House, then wondered why her organization, Civic Club, was going to start being charged a fee for their monthy meetings!

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    1. Nancy thinks the City can make money by charging a lot to rent the Hart House. How's that working for ya, Nancy?

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    2. Be better off putting a quarter slot on the kodiak.

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    3. Make it 50 cents. The City needs the money.

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    4. Be careful. You don't want to price the itinerant laborers out.

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  5. Mayor of RealvilleJune 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    The UUT tax hike crowd (Harabedian, Goss, Capoccia) depend on people like Diane Gardner to keep voting YES so the city can keep its gold plated retirement plans and $250 deductible Platinum health plans.

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    1. Just vote no.

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  6. Out of the 105 high information Sierra Madreans who voted for Leland Yee, how many do you think voted for Measure UUT? My guess would be around 90%.

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    1. How many Sierra Madre Leland Yee voters think development at Mater Dolorosa has something to do with priest retirement accounts?

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    2. How many Sierra Madre Leland Yee voters think the library is closing?

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    3. How many Goss voters think 911 calls aren't being answered due to the UUT increase going down?

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    4. How many Goss voters think our volunteer fire department is about to be outsourced to save money?

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    5. How many Goss voters think?

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    6. Ok, you got me with that one.

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    7. Not sure. I do know that some of them believe in unicorns.

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    8. There is also that 350 pound guy who thinks he's Tinkerbell.

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    9. Why all these trick questions on a Friday?

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    10. We are exactly one week before the only Friday the 13th of 2014. People need to get ready.

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  7. How many of my fellow Californians joined me in voting for Leland Yee? If we're going to have a crook, let's have one that likes guns.

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  8. Hey, as I stated before. Let's have a part time Legislature, that way folks like Leland Yee can run guns on their own time.

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    1. Yee is currently suspended with pay. Plenty of time to park that big taxpayer supplied car on a street corner somewhere and shift some AKs and RPGs.

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  9. Casey Kasem in critical condition with bedsore
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/arts-and-entertainment/20140606/casy-kasem-in-critical-condition-with-bedsore

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    1. At Least He Was Green: Man Robs Alhambra Convenience Store, Pedals Away
      http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20140606/man-robs-alhambra-convenience-store-pedals-away-on-getaway-bike

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    2. The planet thanks him.

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    3. Thank God for green jobs.

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  10. Way different subject., but just called Athens to get a bear-barrel for trash. I thought Ed Chen told us when the City renewed the contract that it would be an extra $10. per month. Nope. It is an extra $37.00 per month. For a trash barrel. Go figure.

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    1. A $22.95 delivery fee is what they charged me to trade my large can a smaller black can $4 less a month though............

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    2. Looks like Athens is getting into the nickle and diming game. Just like government.

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    3. But it's a really nice trash barrel. Matches the gold plated PPO health plans the City is getting us. oh, wait.

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    4. athens sucks

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  11. Does anyone know anything about the Police Chief Town Hall Meeting at the Council Chambers tonight?

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    1. You'll be told it is your fault for leaving a window open.

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    2. First I've heard of it.

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    3. Somehow you'll survive.

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  12. Athens Services trash haulers are very dangerous to any cities self rule they have been labeled as politically toxic.

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