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NEWS
February 5, 2014
In reading the Mailbag section in last week's Valley Sun it appears that I am not the only person who thinks bribing certain favored voters to vote yes for the parcel tax is voter fraud and illegal. Why not just stuff the ballot box? (Come to think of it; there will be no ballot box. The voter fraud possibility is enhanced since mail-in ballots will be used). A property owner 65 years or older is exempt from paying the $450 tax. The 65 years and older people can vote to raise everyone else's taxes while being exempt from having to pay the tax. Only those that are forced to pay the tax should be allowed to vote for or against the tax in a fair and nonpartisan election.
NEWS
December 18, 2013
The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce announced this week its support of a school district parcel tax measure, which will appear on the ballot March 4. “Supporting our community - our entire community - is nothing new,” Pat Anderson, president and chief executive of the city's chamber of commerce, said in a statement. “In the early 1960s when the La Cañada Unified School District was formed the Chamber issued a solid endorsement and again in 2009 when the (most recent)
NEWS
October 24, 2013
Am I reading what I think I'm reading? Another parcel tax increase ($450) to fund the schools ? I'm sick and tired of hearing that this tax increase is needed to maintain the high property values of homes in the La Cañada school district. Enough with this lie. At this rate, property taxes will surpass property value increases and will, one day, lead to a decline in values because who is going to buy a home burdened with insane taxes? It will place an undue burden on fixed-income folks who will be forced to sell just to satisfy the insatiable appetites of the greedy unions.
NEWS
October 24, 2013
Last November, California politicians persuaded voters to support a proposed seven-year, $50-billion tax increase, largely on the vow that the money would go to public education. The first five words of the Proposition 30 initiative are “Temporary Taxes To Fund Education.” It hiked both sales and state income tax on the top earners. In the next seven years billions of dollars from Proposition 30 will go to service the debt of the California State Teacher's Retirement System and not our schools.
NEWS
February 14, 2014
Voters in the La Cañada Unified School District have until Monday, Feb. 17, to register for the special parcel tax election that takes place March. 4, according to Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan.  Measure LC is a seven-year, $450 parcel tax. The current $150 parcel tax sunsets in June.  As this is a vote by mail election, residents within the district who register to vote by Monday's deadline will receive a sample ballot booklet and ballot that must be returned by March 4. Multilingual assistance can be received by calling (800)
BUSINESS
April 19, 2007
An informative, free seminar that will provide powerful wealth building techniques designed to assist real property owners will be presented on May 22 at the La Cañada Country Club. Among the information offered will be: 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges. Valuable ideas will be offered on exchanging and deferring taxes on the gain of proceeds from real estate sales. Tenant In Common Ownership . Attendees may be surprised to discover new ways to hold title that could be helpful in reducing taxes.
NEWS
February 5, 2009
Letters to the Editor Cougar spotted at the country club I would like to alert our community to an adult mountain lion sighting Friday, Jan. 30th at 8:40 p.m. The lion was crossing Starlight Crest near Godbey Drive, between the 1st and 2nd holes of La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. It is easy to forget our neighbors are also the inhabitants of Angeles Crest Forest. Walkers and pet owners should be cautious at dawn and dusk. — Mark Myers, La Cañada Montrose Bronson still in the picture Some Valley Sun readers have called Bronson Photography to express their concern that we are moving or closing our doors.
FEATURES
August 6, 2009
Foothill Republican Assembly to meet Atlas PAC Chairman Lee Lowrey is the featured speaker for the Foothill Republican Assembly at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11. His topic is ?The Case against Assemblyman Anthony Adams.? The Atlas PAC is raising money to assist in the effort to recall Adams. Assemblyman Adams, whose district includes La Crescenta, is one of the six Republican Legislators who voted with Democrats to pass a tax bill that increased the sales tax, the car tax and other taxes earlier this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Don Mazen | February 16, 2006
It was 1968 and La Cañada Flintridge voters had nodded 'yes' for school bonds but shook their heads 'no' for sewers. In January 1969, another tax-related issue was before the electorate: Should the community have a park assessment district to regain the aesthetic values lost due to the state-approved freeway through La Cañada? Critically, the election came at a time when local property taxes were running rampant, and that doomed the park district and its financial obligations.
NEWS
March 3, 2005
In regard to Lauren Oakes' guest column in the last issue of the Valley Sun, thank goodness we are not subjected to her narrow, self-satisfied viewpoint every week. Her tirade against Senator Clinton's suggestions as to how to ensure that all Americans have the right to vote, very clearly exposes this woman's lack of experience in the real world. Casting a ballot in the Roy L. Clark Room of the public library is not anything like what other people in other neighborhoods go through in order to have their voices heard.
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NEWS
April 3, 2014
La Cañada March 24 Proof of California registration fraud: Angeles Crest Highway at Lavender Lane. While driving at 5:35 p.m., an officer noticed a white Ford F-150. Although a check showed the vehicle's registration as expired, there was a blue 2014 sticker on the license plate, so the truck was pulled over. The driver presented a license and a registration slip showing an expiration date of Dec. 31, and told the deputy the truck belonged to his employer. The driver also admitted to taking the registration sticker off his own trailer and putting it on the truck “to avoid tickets.” He was cited for registration fraud and released.
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NEWS
March 14, 2014
La Cañada Unified School District's Measure LC parcel tax has officially passed , garnering 68.12% of the vote, according to certified results released Friday by the office of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. The official election canvass period, beginning March 6 and ending Friday, verified and tallied all 5,621 ballots received. About 43% of all eligible registered voters participated in the election, the agency reported.  Parcel owners will now pay an annual $450 per parcel for a seven-year period, raising as much as $2.7 million for LCUSD schools.
NEWS
By Michael Bruer | March 12, 2014
The second interim financial report was approved by the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on March 11, with an updated version to be presented at next month's meeting after the results of the March 4 parcel tax election have been certified. The report, created by Diane Clinton, director of Fiscal Services, and Stephen Hodgson, the district's financial consultant, included tweaks to the previous version. A state increase in the teachers' retirement system contribution and public employers' retirement system contribution increase were introduced to the report.
NEWS
March 4, 2014
Ballots are due Tuesday in the mail-in election for the La Cañada Unified School District special parcel tax . Measure LC is a seven-year, $450 parcel tax. It must receive a two-thirds vote to pass. Voters can drop off ballots until 8 p.m. Tuesday at La Cañada Flintridge City Hall, 1327 Foothill Blvd., or at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk headquarters, 12400 Imperial Hwy., 3rd floor, Room 3002, Norwalk. Multilingual election assistance is available in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai or Vietnamese and can be accessed by calling (800)
NEWS
By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 4, 2014
La Cañada Unified School District supporters were elated and relieved to learn Tuesday night that the much fought-for Measure LC parcel tax received 68.16% of the vote - eking just above the two-thirds threshold required for passage. With the mail-in ballots counted and a scant amount of walk-in ballots yet to be tallied, school district officials mingled happily with parents, past and present school board members and a who's who list of La Cañada notables who turned out at a house party to hear the results.
NEWS
February 26, 2014
La Cañada residents seeking a senior citizen or contiguous parcel exemption form for the 2014 tax year may pick one up through June 30 at La Cañada School District's Fiscal Services Office, 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada. The forms are also available for download at the district's website, www.lcusd.net . All residents over the age of 65 qualify to receive a senior citizen exemption. Any residents who previously submitted, and were granted, an exemption from the 2009 parcel tax do not need to apply for a new exemption.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
With a March 4 election looming, La Cañada Unified School District officials and supporters are hopeful their efforts to convince the community of the need for a $450, seven-year parcel tax to maintain top-notch schools and programs have resonated with local voters. Residents within district boundaries have been asked to decide the fate of Measure LC in a mail-in ballot the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office recommends be mailed out by Thursday. The Yes on LC citizens' campaign has relied largely on people power to help garner support, with parents, teachers and community members calling in a volunteer phone bank and participating in a Feb. 1 precinct walk.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
In response to page 13 of the Measure LC Parcel Tax ballot: The information provided is worded in a deceptive manner, and makes it difficult for voters to make an informed decision. This is NOT a “renewal of the current parcel tax” (Measure LC 2009: $150 x 5 years = $750 total). “Measure LC” on the March 4 ballot is $450 x 7 years = $3,150. That is a 420% increase. They also failed to mention that LCUSD will receive $1.5 million more this year than they did last year from the state, as reported by Ruben Rojas, LCUSD's then-chief business and operations manager (Valley Sun, August 8, 13 )
NEWS
February 14, 2014
Voters in the La Cañada Unified School District have until Monday, Feb. 17, to register for the special parcel tax election that takes place March. 4, according to Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan.  Measure LC is a seven-year, $450 parcel tax. The current $150 parcel tax sunsets in June.  As this is a vote by mail election, residents within the district who register to vote by Monday's deadline will receive a sample ballot booklet and ballot that must be returned by March 4. Multilingual assistance can be received by calling (800)
NEWS
February 12, 2014
It has been a privilege to serve our community as a member of the school board for 12 years. During this time, the state's chaotic and unreliable funding for education created immense challenges for La Cañada schools. Faced with cuts exceeding $17 million over the past five years, our district has been running at a deficit. To do their part, teachers and staff gave up cost-of-living increases and absorbed higher health-related costs. In addition, we were forced to deplete our reserves including deferred maintenance to keep the impact of funding cuts away from the classroom.
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