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Oroville, CA

Who do you support for U.S. Senate in California in 2010?

Barbara Boxer is an expert and experience in kissing up to Obama.  (Oct 17, 2010 | post #404)

Oroville Mercury-Register

City of Oroville's Measure A has much beneath the surface

My first question on Measure A is how can an impartial analysis be written by Dwight Moore who is the City Attorney for Oroville? Measure A will allow utility users taxes to be collected in numerous new areas. Though our Mayor, City Council and others that support this measure state that the revenue would be about the same I absolutely disagree with that statement. Although many cities in the state of CA have instituted attempted to institute a similar tax due to the changes in the IRS code they do designate where these taxes will be used. In the analysis written by Mr. Moore this is not what is occurring in Oroville. The only plan is “The communications users tax would be a general tax, with its proceeds deposited into the City's general fund. Such funds are available to the City for all of its programs.” So the Mayor and City Council are not designating how any of these funds will be used. Measure A would Enact Ordinance 1760. So what is Ordinance 1760? Ordinance 1760 is what everyone that lives in our city needs to read before you decide how to vote on this measure. http://www.cityofo roville.org/index. aspx?page=26&r ecordid=223&re turnURL=%2Findex.a spx Lets start with a look at some of the new things we will be taxed on.:Conference calls, VOIP, voice mail service, directory assistance, prepaid phones, 800 calls, 900 calls, intrastate/interst ate/international phone calls, paging/video communications, texting, mobile web, changes in service, moving, disconnection/reco nnect charges, conference calls, instant messaging, access and line charges, custom calling features, movie rentals on-line or through cable,satellite,mo bile or at kiosk, universal service charges, premium channels, audio services, video gaming, video on demand, and the list goes on and on. On top of the above charges you will can also be charge taxes on but not limited to charges for franchise fees, installment of equipment, late fees, collection fees, bad debt recoveries, return checks, activation, reactivation, reconnection, all video programming services, ancillary programming services (program guides, search guides necessary or common to the use or enjoyment of the video programming), equipment leases, service calls, service protection plans, name changes, changes in service, special service. The kicker is that per Ordinance 1760 it is presumed that anything you purchase in the city such as a prepaid cell phone card they will charge your the tax because it is presumed you will use it within the city. After you read the Ordinance 1760 ask yourself why they would drop the tax to 4.5% if it would not bring in increased revenue? The answer should be very clear after reading it, simply put there will be increased revenue. Then ask yourself what is it that the Mayor and Council Members plans for this increase in revenue that they are putting in the general fund? Then you should ask them. Section 11 of Ordinance 1760 : Ratification of Prior Tax. Is somewhat confusing. I am trying to figure out if it means by passing Measure A we already have a build in increase to the prior tax of 5%? Or is it that Oroville was out of compliance with the IRS code and is not covering their tracks by adding in Section 11?  (Oct 17, 2010 | post #2)

Oroville Mercury-Register

City of Oroville's Measure A has much beneath the surface

My first question on Measure A is how can an impartial analysis be written by Dwight Moore who is the City Attorney for Oroville? Measure A will allow utility users taxes to be collected in numerous new areas. Though our Mayor, City Council and others that support this measure state that the revenue would be about the same I absolutely disagree with that statement. Although many cities in the state of CA have attempted to institute a similar tax due to the changes in the IRS code, they do designate where these taxes will be used. In the analysis written by Mr. Moore this is not what is occurring in Oroville. The only plan is "The communications users tax would be a general tax, with its proceeds deposited into the City's general fund. Such funds are available to the City for all of its programs." So the Mayor and City Council are not designating how any of these funds will be used. Measure A would Enact Ordinance 1760. So what is Ordinance 1760? Ordinance 1760 is what everyone that lives in our city needs to read before you decide how to vote on this measure. http://www.cityofo roville.org/index. aspx?page=26&r ecordid=223&re turnURL=%2Findex.a spx Lets start with a look at some of the new things we will be taxed on.:Conference calls, VOIP, voice mail service, directory assistance, prepaid phones, 800 calls, 900 calls, intrastate/interst ate/international phone calls, paging/video communications, texting, mobile web, changes in service, moving, disconnection/reco nnect charges, conference calls, instant messaging, access and line charges, custom calling features, movie rentals on-line or through cable,satellite,mo bile or at kiosk, universal service charges, premium channels, audio services, video gaming, video on demand, and the list goes on and on. On top of the above charges you will can also be charge taxes on but not limited to charges for franchise fees, installment of equipment, late fees, collection fees, bad debt recoveries, return checks, activation, reactivation, reconnection, all video programming services, ancillary programming services (program guides, search guides necessary or common to the use or enjoyment of the video programming), equipment leases, service calls, service protection plans, name changes, changes in service, special service. The kicker is that per Ordinance 1760 it is presumed that anything you purchase in the city such as a prepaid cell phone card they will charge your the tax because it is presumed you will use it within the city. After you read the Ordinance 1760 ask yourself why they would drop the tax to 4.5% if it would not bring in increased revenue? The answer should be very clear after reading Ordinance 1760. Simply put there will be increased revenue. Then ask yourself what is it that the Mayor and Council Members plans for this increase in revenue that they are putting in the general fund? Then you should ask them. Section 11 of Ordinance 1760 : Ratification of Prior Tax. Is somewhat confusing. I am trying to figure out if it means by passing Measure A we already have a build in increase to the prior tax of 5%? Or is it that Oroville was out of compliance with the IRS code and is now covering their tracks by adding in Section 11? I think that I shall have to make some inquiries about this starting tomorrow. In my opinion, Measure A is an Tax increase. There is no dedicated use for these taxes and so the city could use them however they wish. After reading the last minutes of the city council meeting regarding the incentive raise of a possible $12,740/yr (10%) as an offer for a new city administrator I would have to vote NO on this measure. I could think of much better ways to use this money.  (Oct 17, 2010 | post #1)

Oroville, CA

Who do you support for U.S. Senate in California in 2010?

With Boxer you won't have to worry about her sending the jobs overseas. She will just make sure they go to all the illegal immigrants that live in CA while she supports and protects them in their sanctuary cities. She will be fighting for their rights while she lets our sink into the bottomless pit of despair.  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #276)

Oroville, CA

Who do you support for U.S. Senate in California in 2010?

Absolutely agree with you. When you write her, if you get a response, it will be a canned email that she sends out on her position on the issue. There is absolutely nothing personalized about it. I wonder if she has a robo-signer that does them?  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #275)

Oroville, CA

Who do you support for U.S. House in California (District...

I know that if I have questions that I can email or call him and he will respond. Even if we don't share similar views on a particular issue he will take the time to listen to my point of view. A candidate needs to listen to his constituents.  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #3)

Oroville, CA

Who do you support for U.S. Senate in California in 2010?

I don't care for any of Boxer recent votes in the Senate. She is no longer voting to represent the people of CA but party lines. She has come to represent everything that is the true definition of incumbent and politician. She has lost focus on what the what her job as a U.S. Senator stands for.  (Oct 15, 2010 | post #262)

Oroville, CA

Health Care - Oroville, CA

As this bill stands now the only winners are the insurance companies as they will now reap the benefit of 30+ million people being forced to purchase healthcare. For those already struggling in this economy where do they propose the come up with an additional $4000-$7500 dollars a year to pay for this. What do they give up so they will be in compliance with this law? How can people who are struggling with job losses, cutbacks, etc going to help spend the economy back if between increased taxes, gas and food prices on the rise, energy cost skyrocketing, etc. and the additional burden of forced compliance to purchase health insurance. The fact of the matter is insurance companies are already raising co-pays and premiums. There is no guarantee if they do accept you that they will cover a pre-existing condition. Our elected officials are selling the American people out just to accomplish Pres. Obama's wish before the state of the union. Where the heck is the transparency when the all these meeting are behind closed doors. How is it morally correct to buy votes of those senators that held out. Our elected officials no longer listen to the voters they listen to the lobbyists, the President and other elected official that promise them pork or line their pockets with green.  (Jan 9, 2010 | post #5)

Top Stories

Defense Attorney: Hasan Is Paralyzed From the Chest Down

Why are we suppose to feel sorry for this man that killed 13 people and injured numerous more? Just because he is paralyzed and incontinent this is suppose to lessen what he did? I hope that the military justice system proceeds with a speedy trial, convicts the man and he gets the death penalty. I am thinking that a firing squad would be just punishment for him. I don't really care if he has to suspended in air to get the job done. Let him experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a gun.  (Nov 22, 2009 | post #6)

California

BARACK OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE: Suit contesting Obama's c...

I have to agree with the arguments for producing the original birth certificate. For me this has nothing to do with being a "sore loser" or politcal views. This has to do with a waste of taxpayer's money. If there is truly nothing to hide then just produce the original document, get it over with and move on. There are much better things to use the funds for than continuing a ridiculous fight that is costing us millions of dollars in our taxes. This is not standing on principle for the man that holds the highest publicly elected office in our country. The president should be held to and and promote the highest principle values that can be achieved. My thought is just produce the document and move on to much more important matters like the citizens of the United States and the horrible mess this country is in because of elite's greed.  (Nov 21, 2009 | post #73337)

Sacramento, CA

Bickering prolonging budget pains

If we did not have the 2/3 majority rule the Democrats would have once again placed the burden of both parties out of control spending habits on the taxpayers. "Unfortunatel y, the liberal majority in Sacramento has stubbornly insisted on raising taxes yet again on hard-working families. They have hindered our progress to reach a budget compromise by pushing reckless budget plans that would have imposed billions in new taxes on families and businesses. At the same time, they have rejected the difficult choices about budget savings necessary to get the deficit under control. This is irresponsible. " You have Bass boycotting budget talks because she doesn't feel that fraud, waste and abuse issues should be part of the talks. If these agencies are funded by the budget then they are indeed area that need to be looked at. Ignoring the problem does not make it go away. Revenues are down but they are going down even more. Once people have their homes reassessed to the reflect the "real" value. Luckily for the state (not the taxpayers) the wait to have your home reassessed is long. Imagine when all those $500,000 + homes get reassessed to half their value and half the taxes are payed. With all the job lossess the personal income tax is going to drop. Yet through all of this the chant is still coming to increase taxes. Why? So they can continue to spend more money than they have. Why so special interest groups and lobbyist will get their issues passed. All of the parties need to quit playing games and mudslinging. They need to solve the budget now (without getting all the per diem pay).  (Jul 7, 2009 | post #3)

Sacramento, CA

Assembly Speaker Threatens To Boycott Budget Talks

Bass just wants to kick the problems down the road once again. These issues are a piece of the problem with the budget and ignoring them does not make them go away. Boycotting does nothing to get the budget done. However it will assure that she gets even more per diem pay. Show up, walk out of the meeting = per diem pay. I am sure she is one of the many that just wants to keep taxing us into oblivion. Her idea of change to take the any coins left over in our personal budgets.  (Jul 7, 2009 | post #1)