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Oil tax? Wealth tax? Prop. 13 reform? Senate candidates debate how to pay for new programs for state's youngest residents

Original post made on Feb 11, 2020

Candidates for the 13th Senate district on Sunday weighed in on how best to tackle a major shortage in teachers and facilities and how to fund improved outcomes for the state's 3 million children under 5 years old.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 9:19 AM

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Posted by RT
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 11, 2020 at 5:38 pm

Tax, tax, tax.......are you getting tired of the fact that the only solution they can find is to tax you more? When I budget, I have to find money from somewhere else to pay for something new - why can't they?
Getting sick of tax, tax, tax...........


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Feb 11, 2020 at 7:56 pm

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Posted by leave Cali for Kansas
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 12, 2020 at 6:24 am

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2020 at 8:36 am

@RT, Hutch:

You guys are totally right. There are much better places to live. I suggest Huntsville, AL, which is really taking off right now:

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 12, 2020 at 9:06 am

In the SJM 01/12/20 is an opinion piece by Tony Thurmond - State Supervisor of Public Instruction concerning the Proposition 13 Bond issue. He explains how bond funds are funded at the state level. Nice opinion piece. However there are continual lapse at the district level concerning construction upgrades at schools.

We have the Alum Rock School District problem in Santa Clara County in which a contractor from SOCAL - Del Terra Real Estate Services who has multiple law suits in process got awarded the contract for the upgrade and has proven why everyone else has a law suit against it for non-performance. It reads like a money laundering exercise. So there is the promise of good things happening but the reality that bond funding has many back roads for mismanagement.

Numerous articles on school systems in which mismanagement of funds is rampant. There is some kind of disconnect on the awarding of contracts for school construction projects which pits local contractors which are required to use union workers against "other" contractors who are cutting costs and not using union workers. Problem here is that non-union workers are sometimes not properly trained for the specific construction jobs required - air conditioning, electrical wiring, etc.
I have my suspicions as to how we ended up with Del Terra with control at the state assembly level working with the county legislative participants. So the question on the table is where does the money comes from and who is in control of awarding the contracts. Then who is responsible for managing the actual performance of the job. And who is responsible for paying the monthly bills when no work is actually performed.

Bond funding is in that black hole as to as bond being awarded with no tracking what is actually happening. There has to be a willingness to tackle that problem because the people who propose bonds have to do a better job of explaining how they will manage the projects and who awarded to. We have to get out of the Black Hole business concerning taxpayer funded efforts. And state legislators have to do a better job of selling their projects using good business legal procedures.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Feb 12, 2020 at 10:12 am

@anon& Kansas

Just stay away from Idaho when you finally get tired of being overtaxed, crime, and the ever increasing homelessness. I already got my sights set on that “awful flyover state”



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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2020 at 12:01 pm

Posted by HUTCH 7.62, a resident of Portola Valley

>> Just stay away from Idaho when you finally get tired of being overtaxed, crime, and the ever increasing homelessness. I already got my sights set on that “awful flyover state”

No deal. I have my own claims on Idaho. I don't think you will be happy there, anyway. Too many independent thinkers. You will be much more comfortable in Huntsville, where you will find a lot more people who think just like you do.


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Posted by kansas city not in kansas, donny
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 12, 2020 at 12:44 pm

Try Chattanooga. And spare us the whining about wealthy folks and their tax cuts.

sammy


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Posted by leave Cali for Kansas
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 12, 2020 at 7:06 pm

I already got my sights set on that “awful flyover state”

What's holding ya back? Sell out before the crash and you'll live like a king in Idaho or Kansas.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Feb 14, 2020 at 11:26 am

^ just waiting to max out my pension


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Feb 14, 2020 at 11:29 am

”Let's start with repealing Bush's cap gains tax cuts and Trump's trillions for billionaires and corporations.“

Perception Vs. Reality

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Posted by @Portola Valley
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 14, 2020 at 12:39 pm

How hilarious -- one of 1% justifying -45's giveaway to the rich by using a HIGHLY questionable source.

Try again, sport. Only this time, use *actual* sources...oh wait, your case would fall apart if you did that.


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Posted by kansas city not in kansas, donny
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

Perception Vs. Reality

Trump promised 4 percent growth, millions of NEW jobs and a balanced budget with the trillion dollar giveaway to billionaires and corporations.

Job growth per month is the same as when Obama left office. Growth is the same as Obama's last 6 years.

Trump brought back Bush's TRILLION dollar DEFICITS.

Reality.

Trump's budget also cuts Medicare and Social Security to pay for corporate tax cuts.

You are being lied to by Trump. Why so you sit there and take it?


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Feb 14, 2020 at 2:19 pm

This sounds like a case of the have nots vs the haves. Palo Alto used to not be such a hateful place. I should know I spent my childhood growing up there, spent all my 20’s and part of my 30’s there. Used to have all walks of life too, you worked hard saved your pennies and bought a house. Sad really, makes me glad I sold and moved to PV in 2012, while the getting was good. And I couldn’t ask for better neighbors.

Attitudes like the two above are the reason, why Trump is gonna win in 2020. Instead of babbling hate and calling everyone a Nazi, or racist you disagree with, why not start asking how to solve the symptom. Everyone is becoming “woke” to the hypocrisy of the Democrats, even the British are waking up and as long as you keep on heading on that path the Democrats will remain irrelevant.


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Posted by @Portola Valley
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 14, 2020 at 3:22 pm

Oh look, the 1%, -45 supporter is upset. Poor poor thing.

Guess when you tell -45 supporters the truth about their cult leader, they get bent out of shape.

Well, guess what? The truth is the truth. You sold your soul to a con artist and (willing/unwilling) Russian agent. And all of the name calling and temper tantrums you have here on these discussion boards will not change that.

And when your cult leader loses the election in November, you will be in for a rude awakening.


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