We occasionally receive Federal tax breaks depending on who is currently in office in Washington DC, but since they rarely come with any commensurate decreases in spending, you get nicked in some other ways. But a local Sierra Madre tax cut? I am not sure I have ever seen such a thing happen here before, so I would have to say the answer to the above questions is almost never. And it practically took a Foothill Village civil war to get this one.
Here is how this big news is alluded to in the City Manager's Report:
Of course, you're probably going to have to fight to keep it. As we were saying just the other day ("A Shocker From Mayor Harabedian: UUT 3 Is On The Way!" - link), the city's move to put a UUT increase on the ballot next year for yet another round is now getting under way. Plus this time a parcel tax to help pay for the library could be up for a vote as well. Which is an entirely new wrinkle.
All of which means we will have now entered our sixth year in what is quickly becoming a near endless attempt by City Hall to raise utility taxes. 2012, 2014 and now, quite possibly, 2016 as well.
We will soon be posting a Special Report from the Transparent California folks on one of the purposes of utility taxes. The example will be the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. It is some pretty damning stuff, and not at all unrelated to the kinds of pressures being exerted here to take away the hard won utility tax cuts Sierra Madre residents have now voted for twice.
Not All Mews Come From Cats
This e-mail was sent out by Jessica from Heritage Housing Partners. I'm not certain how many people got this, so I figured I should help her spread the word. Or maybe it is to help you out. Especially if you were left off their mailing list.
This kind of has that perky yet informative feel we saw from the Kensington people when they first began rolling out their public relations campaign. Perhaps it comes from some kind of a PR template.
What we have here is the "Workforce Housing" project (not to be confused with "Duty Man Housing") at 186 W. Highland, which was previously discussed by the City Council way back on March 26, 2013. Like many such efforts, this one is being peddled to residents as part of a campaign to help bring about social justice. Which is just one of the many marketing opportunies developers can use to promote their projects in California.
You just might want to check this one out. It has the potential to get interesting.