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Mayor circulates petition to stop state raids on town coffers

Original post made on Mar 5, 2010

Mayor Mike Doyle is on a mission. He, along with other local officials throughout California, is circulating petitions to get an initiative on the November ballot to prohibit the state from taking local funds. Doyle passed out the petitions at his monthly Mayor's Morning today.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 5, 2010, 12:43 PM

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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 5, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Are you listening, Joan? Joan?

I didn't think so. After all, it would have been a first.

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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 7, 2010 at 8:43 am



Joan Buchanan, are you out there?

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Posted by CDSI Research
a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

Dear Dolores,

Neighborhoods in our region reviewed town governments including Danville and the proposed town of Alamo. Clearly analysts' audit of CC LAFCO's CFA for the proposed town of Alamo in Fall 2008 predicted the issues for all city governments. At that time, analysts had examined the town of Danville for fiscal risks from retained tax revenue sharing by the State as part of proof of impact on the proposed town of Alamo.

Now, after-the-fact, Danville is reacting to a reality quite easily known to be a need for their planning starting in Fall 2008. It was not reasonable for town officials to assume a rapid recovery to the status quo economy and it was more rational to expect the fiscal crisis to be a long-term economic reset of values and sources of funds.

At this point, after the lack of such planning, what should be expected of our state assembly and senate members in remedy to local lack of planning. Joan and others cannot go back to 2008 and remedy local failures in fiscal planning.

In Fall 2008, neighborhoods' analysts had prepared fiscal crisis budgets for 3 years going forward for the proposed town of Alamo, established a defined volunteer government definition and operating plans for the real sources of income. No proponent or opponent was interested in such review. We can now look at Danville as proof that such consideration, review and planning needed to be adopted in the FALL 2008.

Hal/CDSI Research

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Danville
on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

I am so disgusted with the job that our Sacramento legislators are doing that come election time, I don’t care if they’re Democrat or Republican, I am voting against all of them. It’s time to get these career politicians out of office. They have clearly demonstrated they cannot get the job done. Yes, they will say it’s important to keep reelecting them because they are more experienced then the newcomers, but they CAN’T GET THE JOB DONE. I’m a lifelong Democrat and I’m voting for Meg Whitman because I am fed up with all the retreads that don’t accomplish anything except to over tax us. Their time has to end and I encourage all of you to clean house in Sacramento. Send a clear message to the newly elected that if they can’t get it done, we’ll bring in another batch that hopefully can. Stand up and vote against the status quo because the status quo isn’t working.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Mar 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Funny, I haven't seen anyone in my neighborhood with clipboards. I'll happily sign though.
Oh, and Joe, I know the choices appear to be grim, but you might want to look into Whitman a bit more before you commit. This woman has shown a callous disregard for not only the environment at every step, but also for the very buyers and sellers at Ebay who made her filthy rich. She is, in my opinion, an arrogant nutsack with the same decrepit tax-cuts-for-the-ultra-rich rhetoric as the people who brought our country to it's knees. Perhaps Peter Camejo will give it another shot, who knows. As I said, the current choices do blow.

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Posted by Farmer Dave
a resident of another community
on Mar 10, 2010 at 10:25 am

Farmer Dave is a registered user.

@Joe: Were you unaware of California's term limits on our governor and Sacramento legislators? Sometimes they can run for a different position such as treasurer or governor, but by and large we have no "career politicians" in Sacramento.

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Posted by CDSI Research
a resident of another community
on Mar 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Dear Dolores,

May I suggest that you discuss the changes in taxation for gasoline in California with Assembly Member Joan Buchanan. In response from state agencies, with reference to public announcements, there have been multiple changes made to such tax authorities including the right of local taxation in the form of sales taxes, as a portion thereof, that can apply to gasoline.

While you review the state infrastructure costs, including roads, bridges and other access, you might determine where the costs are for such maintenance and how such funding is shared with counties and cities within counties.

It is reasonable that a city government should collect taxes for services they deliver within their boundaries and not simply receive tax share revenues where the city provides no contribution or service.

It is worth a deeper look!


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