Lake County Board of Supervisors considers charging developers ...

The Lake County Board of Supervisors and city councils from Lakeport and Clearlake raised questions Tuesday around a consulting firm's pitch to charge developers for traffic improvements related to new ... Full Story
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United States

#1 Apr 26, 2008
Just fix the darn roads.
diduKnow

Phoenix, AZ

#2 Apr 27, 2008
SOMEBODY correct me if I'm wrong. I heard that Flordia has a sur-charge for traveling over certain portians of their roads. Now they want to pass that here in Sweet Caly.

LAST WORD: I VOTE NO!!!!!!!!!!
Green Eyed Lady

Barnesville, OH

#3 Apr 27, 2008
They have been doing that for the last five years! Come on!

Where is the real story? It was in one of your reporters face, years ago, ya know the fat guy? He was going to do a story for my neighbors but did not! That was in 2003!

Old news!

Next......
collinsfriend

Chicago, IL

#4 Apr 27, 2008
It's about time. They have everything to gain, and we the "locals" have everything to lose when developing runs rampant. No longer can I sit as I did for 30 years and hear just the wind in the trees, birds singing, crickets and frogs. Now it constant car noise. When one goes by, another shows up 24/7. I used to love the wildness of the trees and bushes on the way home from work, or just to ride around and look. Now there are more "scars upon the land", vintners stripping the trees and using tons of precious water. Boring landscape, redundant with vineyards and "zits on the hills" as my husband and I describe ostentascious houses. We used to boast of no traffic lights, now we have and need many.There is still a groove down our road caused by a contractor who "repaired" it, after he caused it, at least long enough to escape town. When I was in Santa Rosa at Sizzler, I overheard a meeting of several contractors/architects discussing how easy it was to get away with anything in Lake County, that we are prey to be stalked financially with no fear of accountability. It was quite interesting and disturbing. Lake County is considered contractor's wonderland by them.Having family (big fish in little puddles) is also an advantage.
Michael Thompson

United States

#5 Apr 28, 2008
Lake Countians are hicks. We all know that.
Minimum Standards

United States

#6 Apr 28, 2008
The idea that we can turn Lake County into the suburban bedroom community for Ukiah and Santa Rosa is clearly folly. Think $4.00 is where it ends for gasoline costs? Not on your life. We should give up the stupid idea of growing our county coffers through population growth. Importing commuters for the purpose of getting enough money for the county government has no future.

If there isn't enough money to maintain our roads now, then we must raise the funds. The best way is to tax gasoline and diesel. It's the next best thing to direct road-use taxation (tolls) and is much more practical to administer.

Rushing is correct about the advantage of filling in all the vacant lots in Lakeport and Clearlake before we allow a bunc h of ticky-tack housing tracts to be built on outlying open lands (soon to be ghost townettes).
Brown should resign

Kelseyville, CA

#7 Mar 24, 2011
How is the investment in the District Five?
goodness

United States

#8 Mar 27, 2011
"When we were told to stop, she also told us that she would not reveal that it was her instructions, and that we would have to deal on our own with the anger of the person we'd been instructed to harass."
whatthe

United States

#9 Mar 27, 2011
heck are you talking about?
really dumb idea

Clearlake, CA

#10 Mar 28, 2011
Go ahead supes, charge developers more money for what nobody is building. The building industry in Lake county is dead. Between the school mitigation fee, sewer mitigation fee, fire mitgation fee, water mitigation fee, and other permit fees, it will cost you anywhere from 20k-40k for permits and fees in order to build a home. People are not building, in part, due to these high fees.
How much income are the schools, water dept,etc seeing from these fees right now?
Very little or nothing.
Go ahead and charge more for fees for developement and we will see less developement.
If that is what supe (sierra club)Rushing wants, she should just come out and say so.
Lake Countys' unemployment rate has skyrocketed during the tenure of (sierra club)Rushing.
K-Dude

United States

#11 Mar 29, 2011
Not to mention that if you build a new home it must meet the wild lands fire act code (approx.$5,000.00 for the average 1500 Sq. Ft. home). It also now has to have a fire sprinkler system (approx.$10,000.00 for the average 1500 Sq. ft. home)

Permits & Fees …………………………35,000.00
Wilds land fire code…………………………5,000.00
Fire sprinkler sys…………………………10,000.00
Construction cost…$130 x1500 sq. ft….$195,000.00
Cost of lot…………………………25,000.00
Total cost……………………….270,000.00
Appraised value…………………………185,000.00
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!
taxpayer

Clearlake, CA

#12 Mar 29, 2011
Same old government story. Give away all of the tax revenue to government employees salaries/benefits, and then come and whack the the people for more taxes(these are not fees, they are taxes) when money is short.
Nobody wants to lay off anyone, inlcuding government workers, but let's face it supes, this county is in a world of sheeit with a 20% unemployment rate(on the books, it is more like 30%). Less road maintenance will mean less tourists, and even less tax revenue. Lay off those government workers who's work load has diminished with the economy, and fix the roads.
Ya Tony, you worthless buffoon, I'm talking to you.
K-Dude

United States

#13 Mar 29, 2011
taxpayer wrote:
Same old government story. Give away all of the tax revenue to government employees salaries/benefits, and then come and whack the the people for more taxes(these are not fees, they are taxes) when money is short.
Nobody wants to lay off anyone, inlcuding government workers, but let's face it supes, this county is in a world of sheeit with a 20% unemployment rate(on the books, it is more like 30%). Less road maintenance will mean less tourists, and even less tax revenue. Lay off those government workers who's work load has diminished with the economy, and fix the roads.
Ya Tony, you worthless buffoon, I'm talking to you.
Great!!! A middle class American going after middle class Americans!!
All those damn lazy teachers and county workers that the problem, right??? What about General Electric making 10 billion in profit and not paying one penny in federal tax???? What about all the fat bankers who made millions in the last four years, after they were bailed out?? Forget them lets go after people who make $50,000 or $60,000 a year!! Geez what the hell is wrong with people!!!
K-Dude

United States

#14 Mar 29, 2011
Oh yeah! GE took a 3 billion tax credit the same year they made 10 billion in profit! The rich get richer and the poor go after the poor! GEEZ!
taxpayer

Clearlake, CA

#15 Mar 29, 2011
K-Dude wrote:
<quoted text>
Great!!! A middle class American going after middle class Americans!!
All those damn lazy teachers and county workers that the problem, right??? What about General Electric making 10 billion in profit and not paying one penny in federal tax???? What about all the fat bankers who made millions in the last four years, after they were bailed out?? Forget them lets go after people who make $50,000 or $60,000 a year!! Geez what the hell is wrong with people!!!
Way off topic, but I can't resist a chance to educate an ignorant person.
GE has almost 11 billion shares outstanding. They pay almost 60 cents per share divident each year. Do the math. Most of their profits are returned to shareholders(like me) as a return on my investment. My income will go down to feed incompetent govenment?
Sooooo, YOU want to diminish my income and give it to the government?

BTW, U.S. Corporate tax rates are the highest in the world.
U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Soon to Be #1
http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/27116....

If you have a problem with corporate subsidies, there was a democrat president and a democrat congress that gave it to the corporation. Take it up with them.
Provocateur

Half Moon Bay, CA

#16 Mar 29, 2011
Come on K Dude you didn't know that the global financial meltdown, 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan all were Obama's fault. And that giant corporations only have we the public in their best interests.
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Taxpayer

Clearlake, CA

#17 Mar 30, 2011
The financial meltdown in the U.S. was a direct result of the repeal of the Glass Steagall act, and the government mandate to give loans to low income folks who could never pay the money back.
The finance modernization act was signed into law by none other than Bill "Bubba" Clinton in 1999.
It took several years for the effects to manifest into a financial meltdown, but that is where it all began and Clinton has never been held accountable. Maybe that is why he is called a genius.
K-Dude

United States

#18 Mar 30, 2011
The bill that ultimately repealed the Act was introduced in the Senate by Phil Gramm (Republican of Texas) and in the House of Representatives by Jim Leach (R-Iowa) in 1999. The bills were passed by a Republican majority, basically following party lines by a 54–44 vote in the Senate[9] and by a bi-partisan 343–86 vote in the House of Representatives.

Sorry for being so ignorant! I know that the Democrats are full of it. Why don't you know that the Republicans are full of it?? The biggest problem our country faces right now is one sided people like you!!!!!!!!!!
Taxpayer

Clearlake, CA

#19 Mar 30, 2011
K-Dude wrote:
The bill that ultimately repealed the Act was introduced in the Senate by Phil Gramm (Republican of Texas) and in the House of Representatives by Jim Leach (R-Iowa) in 1999. The bills were passed by a Republican majority, basically following party lines by a 54–44 vote in the Senate[9] and by a bi-partisan 343–86 vote in the House of Representatives.
Sorry for being so ignorant! I know that the Democrats are full of it. Why don't you know that the Republicans are full of it?? The biggest problem our country faces right now is one sided people like you!!!!!!!!!!
I agree with your last statement. Most of them are full of it, however, Finance Moderization (Clinton) should never have been signed into law. Clinton actually lobbied to help it to pass.
It is the single most damaging(to the average taxpayer) piece of legislation passed into law since the great depression.

It is why we are in this "recession"(depressi on).
Provocateur

Half Moon Bay, CA

#20 Apr 5, 2011
Nobody goes to jail. This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world's wealth — and nobody went to jail. Nobody, that is, except Bernie Madoff, a flamboyant and pathological celebrity con artist, whose victims happened to be other rich and famous people.

The rest of them, all of them, got off. Not a single executive who ran the companies that cooked up and cashed in on the phony financial boom — an industrywide scam that involved the mass sale of mismarked, fraudulent mortgage-backed securities — has ever been convicted. Their names by now are familiar to even the most casual Middle American news consumer: companies like AIG, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. Most of these firms were directly involved in elaborate fraud and theft. Lehman Brothers hid billions in loans from its investors. Bank of America lied about billions in bonuses. Goldman Sachs failed to tell clients how it put together the born-to-lose toxic mortgage deals it was selling. What's more, many of these companies had corporate chieftains whose actions cost investors billions — from AIG derivatives chief Joe Cassano, who assured investors they would not lose even "one dollar" just months before his unit imploded, to the $263 million in compensation that former Lehman chief Dick "The Gorilla" Fuld conveniently failed to disclose. Yet not one of them has faced time behind bars.
Invasion of the Home Snatchers
Instead, federal regulators and prosecutors have let the banks and finance companies that tried to burn the world economy to the ground get off with carefully orchestrated settlements — whitewash jobs that involve the firms paying pathetically small fines without even being required to admit wrongdoing. To add insult to injury, the people who actually committed the crimes almost never pay the fines themselves; banks caught defrauding their shareholders often use shareholder money to foot the tab of justice. "If the allegations in these settlements are true," says Jed Rakoff, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, "it's management buying its way off cheap, from the pockets of their victims."

To understand the significance of this, one has to think carefully about the efficacy of fines as a punishment for a defendant pool that includes the richest people on earth — people who simply get their companies to pay their fines for them. Conversely, one has to consider the powerful deterrent to further wrongdoing that the state is missing by not introducing this particular class of people to the experience of incarceration. "You put Lloyd Blankfein in pound-me-in-the-ass prison for one six-month term, and all this bullshit would stop, all over Wall Street," says a former congressional aide. "That's all it would take. Just once."
But that hasn't happened. Because the entire system set up to monitor and regulate Wall Street is fucked up.
Just ask the people who tried to do the right thing.

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