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By Gary Huerta | April 4, 2011
I’m not feeling particularly rosy this election day. Like a lot of people, I’ve been crunching numbers, gathering receipts and pouring a little more single malt into my glass in order to prepare for one of life’s more unpleasant inevitabilities — taxes. Now that I’m almost done, I think I may need another shot. I worked all year, had approximately 25% of my wages taken out by the taxman, and now that April 15 draws near, I discovered that I still owe a hefty sum to Uncle Sam. In short, any money I managed to save over the course of a very long year of labor will be swallowed up paying more taxes.
BUSINESS
By Jason Wells | April 16, 2009
CITY HALL — Fiscal conservatives seized upon the dread of tax day Wednesday to protest what they characterized as the overreaching bailout of corporations and the propensity of lawmakers to balance budget gaps on the backs of taxpayers. More than 300 protesters amassed on the steps of Glendale City Hall as part of a nationwide Boston Tea Party-styled campaign to vent over the billions in federal aid spent to prop up corporate giants like AIG and General Motors. Across California, frustrations also extended to the slate of upcoming state ballot propositions hashed out as a linchpin in a deal to close a $42-billion budget gap. On May 19, California voters will decide the fate of Propositions 1A through 1F, which were hammered out between state lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of an effort to break a three-month budget stalemate.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | June 14, 2012
Even as they approved a $167.7-million budget for the 2012-13 school year, Glendale Unified officials this week fretted over the level of local voter support for a state tax initiative that could dramatically reshape the district's balance sheets for years to come. In a best-case scenario, Glendale Unified will be deficit-spending to the tune of $19.5 million next year, absorbing the bleeding through a series of cost-cutting measures, reserve draw-downs and fund transfers, said Eva Lueck, chief business and financial officer for the district.
BUSINESS
By Anthony Kim | November 18, 2006
GLENDALE — IHOP Corp. paid $11 million to the Internal Revenue Service Wednesday in a settlement over accounting practices, said Stacy Roughan, director of IHOP's investor relations. The amount represents $7.7 million in alleged underpaid taxes and $3.3 million in interest for the years 2001 to 2003, Roughan said. Under the Glendale-based company's old business model, it would charge a fee of about $250,000 to franchise owners, a figure that is lower now. The franchisee, according to a payment plan set by IHOP Corp.
NEWS
October 11, 2007
Glendale has experienced several tragic traffic accidents lately. It?s no wonder that reckless driving has been a frequent topic for letter writers to the Glendale News-Press. As an old guy who recognizes his limitations, I?m not happy when I?m being tailgated or honked at while I?m moving at the speed limit on our city streets. It irritates me when the car speeds by on the shoulder or burns rubber passing on the left in front of oncoming traffic. Some observers point to the change in Glendale?
LOCAL
By Gerry Rankin | August 7, 2008
I always thought they were just a nuisance blocking my view of the road ahead. Now, with soaring gas prices reminding me that petroleum is a finite resource, I take personal affront at gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles and lumbering motor homes. The horror of speedboats desecrating the serenity of a mountain lake is now intensified in my mind. My memories, acquired as I worked on Ocean Boulevard, of the ear-shattering Long Beach Grand Prix become ever more distasteful as I think of the orgies of gas consumption and of carbon monoxide/dioxide emissions that these auto races entail.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | January 19, 2011
The full impact of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget on the Glendale Unified School District will not be known until June following a possible statewide election to extend current tax rates for an additional five years, officials said. Without them, the district could see $8.3 million in state funding cuts. "What the governor is proposing is cuts, and really a lot of them," said Eva Lueck, chief financial officer for Glendale Unified. "At least this governor acknowledges that education has been cut more than its fair share.
NEWS
July 20, 2012
For the city's prospective electric rate increase to be legal, California's Constitution Art. XIIIC, as amended by Proposition 26, requires the peoples' vote, for it mandates, “No local government may impose, extend or increase any special tax unless … that tax is submitted to the electorate and approved by a two-thirds vote.” A special tax is one “imposed for a specific purpose.” The electric rate is for a specific purpose. It's a tax. Under Art. XIIIC, “tax” is “…any levee, charge or extraction of any kind imposed by local government....” unless it meets one of seven exceptions.
NEWS
February 7, 2001
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- Local Rep. Adam Schiff was among a group of moderate Democrats who met with Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday to talk about the federal budget. Known as the "Blue Dogs," the group discussed its opposition to the large tax cut proposed by President Bush. "We're all in agreement in the desirability of tax cuts," Schiff said. However, the Blue Dogs want to allocate money for national defense, paying down the national debt and securing Social Security and Medicare, before deciding how to cut taxes, he said.
NEWS
November 29, 2001
Every time a decent, desirable business like Denny's Restaurant tries to enter Glendale, the whiners and snivelers find reasons to reject it. Denny's happens to be a restaurant that would thrive immensely in a multicultural town like ours. I wonder how much city tax revenue the Center Theatre generates when compared to a large contributor like Denny's? Denny's should reconsider and move to Glendale. Thank goodness our current City Council is blessed with some insight about what's good for Glendale.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | May 3, 2014
Assemblymen Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) responded this week to a report about the state's filming industry that suggests new tax incentives might help keep movie and television studios shooting in California. The California Legislative Analyst's Office found that each job directly created by the movie industry in California generates 2.7 indirect jobs, resulting in the addition of hundreds of thousands of new positions. Also, the report found that for every dollar spent, there is a dollar-for-dollar return to state and local governments.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
A petition to repeal a 7% tax tacked onto Glendale utility bills failed to garner enough signatures to make it onto the April 2015 ballot. The petition to get rid of the utility users tax , which has been on the city's books for more than four decades, fell 198 signatures short of the required 2,192 signatures necessary to get on the ballot, according to a city statement released Tuesday. -- FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated enough signatures were not collected for the June ballot.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
From the booming downtown development scene to new retailers at the Americana at Brand and Glendale Galleria, there are plenty of positives to highlight in Glendale, but there are also looming problems that could take the wind out of the city's sails, Mayor Dave Weaver said at the annual State of the City luncheon Thursday. Weaver was referring to two separate lawsuits aiming to end the annual transfer of tens of millions of dollars from Glendale Water & Power to the city's General Fund that pays for police and other general services as well as a proposed ballot measure to repeal the utility users tax, which also supports the General Fund.
NEWS
March 15, 2014
Greetings, 818 readers. In the Glendale area today, the high will be 84 and low near 56, according to the National Weather Service. Here are the top headlines in your region this morning: A bear visited a Chevy Chase Canyon neighborhood twice this week and destroyed an orange tree at a hillside home.   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.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The Glendale area will have a high of 71 and low of 53, according to the National Weather Service. The much-debated parcel tax received more than the two-thirds of the vote it required to pass, the County Clerk's office announced last night. While last weekend's wet weather was a welcome reprieve, it wasn't enough to wash away a statewide drought that is tracking close to the worst one ever in California's history, said a representative from Glendale's water supplier on Monday.
NEWS
March 4, 2014
Re: “ Sign the petition to lower taxes,” Mailbag, Feb. 26 . Thank you, Dolores Francis, for an exceptional presentation regarding the petition to repeal Glendale's 7% utility “water” tax. Now that the facts of this issue are being brought to light by those brave and selfless individuals, Zavos, Molano, Mohill, Allen, yourself and many others, voters can make an informed decision regarding how our elected officials spend our tax dollars....
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
A concerned residents group filed a lawsuit this week asking a Los Angeles County judge to force Glendale to stop transferring tens of millions of dollars from its utility to the city's coffers and return $90 million it had shifted from one fund to another since 2010. “These transfers amount to hidden taxes that are unlawful unless submitted to a vote” of the people, said Arthur Jarvis Cohen, attorney for the Coalition for Better Government, at a press conference in front of City Hall Wednesday.
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February 26, 2014
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February 25, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. In the Burbank and Glendale, the high will be 70 and low 50.  Here are some of the top headlines in the region this morning: A storm is headed to the Los Angeles area , and it could be the wettest in two years, according to the Los Angeles Times.    A 5-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in Burbank Monday afternoon. The driver apparently tried to flee the scene and was arrested, police said.    More than 1,000 entertainment industry workers gathered in Burbank on Saturday, launching a campaign to support an expansion of California's film and TV tax credit program . Former Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa made about $370,000 during the last calendar year , according to annual gross salary data publicly released by the city this month - the most any city employee has netted in years.
NEWS
February 15, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Thursday, Feb. 13. Temperatures for tomorrow in the Glendale area will reach a high near 80 and low around 52 . Here are the top headlines in your region:  Los Angeles police searched Friday for the drivers of two vehicles that struck a man in what they called a "gruesome" fatal hit-and-run near Atwater Village . The long simmering issue over the Sagebrush territory in La...
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