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February 17, 2012
The U.S. House of Representatives approved today an extension of the payroll tax cut through 2012, extended unemployment compensation and prevented a reduction in physician reimbursements under Medicare. After the 293-to-132 vote, Rep. Adam Schiff , who voted for the legislative package, issued a statement, saying he was pleased with the outcome. “While our economy is making definite progress, we still have a long way to go,” Schiff said in his statement. “We can't afford to damage the fragile recovery when millions of Americans are still out of work and millions more are struggling to stay afloat.” He said the payroll tax cut extension will put almost $1,000 a year in the pockets of middle-class families through larger paychecks every month.
NEWS
December 30, 2004
Rima Shah The employment outlook for Glendale for 2005 is robust but not as strong as state or national trends. Job growth in the new year will be good, but it will lag behind 2004, said Don Nakamoto, labor market specialist for Glendale's Verdugo Jobs Center. Officials at the center study labor markets and help employers and job seekers. Tax cuts and lower interest rates in 2004 helped stimulate the economy this year, Nakamoto said. "People have extra income in their pockets," Nakamoto said.
NEWS
By Michael Teahan | October 6, 2010
With so much of the conversation in this election focused on what will make small businesses happy and motivated, I thought it might be valuable to get an entrepreneurial perspective. Not from a chamber of commerce lobbyist, talking head or rich chief executive who forgot what being a small business owner even means — but a real one. I have been a business owner for all but three years of my adult life, as was my father, my mother, four uncles, two aunts and one cousin. Some preach small business.
NEWS
October 21, 2000
I thought I would take the opportunity to respond to Chuck Sambar's mailbag letter on why tax cuts are not the best use of budget surpluses. As a former student of this lifelong educator and bureaucrat, it always amazes me how easy it is for someone who has not contributed greatly to creating the surplus we as a country enjoy, or will contribute greatly in the future, can spend someone else's money. I wonder how compassionate Chuck would be, if those dollars were coming out of his pocket.
NEWS
March 28, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE - Congressman James Rogan is winning some and losing some with the $1.8-trillion budget plan he and fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives designed and recently approved. The plan, which establishes guidelines for the development of a budget for the 2001 fiscal year, provides $307.3 billion for defense and at least $150 billion in tax cuts over five years. It also allots $289.2 billion for domestic programs.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | October 28, 2010
Stark differences on energy, taxes and the role of government surfaced Wednesday night at a forum featuring five congressional candidates at Burbank City Hall. About 120 voters filled the City Council chambers and dozens more watched on a monitor placed on the steps of City Hall as candidates for the 27th and 29th congressional districts clashed at a League of Women Voters Glendale/Burbank forum. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Republican rival Mark Reed traded barbs while staking out contrasting positions.
NEWS
October 26, 2004
Why would anyone want to vote for George W. Bush for president? I have racked my brain to come up with even one reason to allow him four more years to mislead and mismanage this nation. Consider the possible Bush arguments and my counterpoint. Bush argument: The economy is strong. My response: Wrong. Bush will be the first president since Herbert Hoover to preside over a net loss of jobs during his time in office. Bush argument: The war is going well in Iraq.
LOCAL
By Don Mazen | February 14, 2009
I just had to respond to the commentary of local Rep. Adam Schiff regarding the questionable stimulus bill, which is supposed to jump-start our failing economy and create badly needed jobs for Americans — but doesn’t, for the most part (“Stimulus package will help workers,” Community Commentary, Feb. 9). In my opinion, this stimulus bill should have nothing to do with renewable energy and transit-related projects, supported by the congressman, or a host of other unnecessary items, including the crafty “pork barrel” undertakings that are a famous watchword of politicians in Washington.
NEWS
December 15, 2010
Gatto garners post and speaker positions On Wednesday, California Assembly Speaker John Perez (D - Los Angeles) named Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) assistant speaker pro tempore, while tapping the freshman lawmaker for several influential committee posts. Gatto will serve on the Appropriations, Arts and Entertainment, Banking and Government Operations committees, as well as the Water, Parks and Wildlife committee. As assistant speaker, Gatto will preside over the Assembly when Perez is absent.
NEWS
November 12, 2012
Glendale's first budget snapshot of the year marks a shift from the doom-and-gloom that pervaded City Hall over the summer as officials closed a $15.4-million budget gap, largely through staff reductions. According to the quarterly budget update scheduled for the City Council on Tuesday, not only did Glendale end last year with more reserves than expected, it's close to hitting the savings target for this year. “We were really prepared for the worst case,” said City Manager Scott Ochoa in an interview Monday.
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NEWS
February 28, 2013
In the debate over who should be the next mayor of Los Angeles, who would you suppose argues for elimination of a business tax to kick-start economic growth? Not the one-time investment banker who dropped out of the race early and says killing the business tax would leave a huge hole in the city treasury. Not the lone Republican in the field, who wants more modest business tax reform. Not a City Council fiscal hawk, also a candidate for mayor, who says cutting the tax could leave the city with a $400-million shortfall.
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NEWS
November 12, 2012
Glendale's first budget snapshot of the year marks a shift from the doom-and-gloom that pervaded City Hall over the summer as officials closed a $15.4-million budget gap, largely through staff reductions. According to the quarterly budget update scheduled for the City Council on Tuesday, not only did Glendale end last year with more reserves than expected, it's close to hitting the savings target for this year. “We were really prepared for the worst case,” said City Manager Scott Ochoa in an interview Monday.
NEWS
July 14, 2012
I'm tired. So very tired. You could say I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore. But I won't be beckoning you to your windows to curse the world. I don't know what good that would do anyway. Some months ago, I told myself I was going to avoid writing politically charged columns because I'm the “feel-good” columnist and have a pathological need to be liked. A recent personality profile said my communication style was “considerate.” That may or may not be true.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | April 8, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is facing six opponents to represent the redrawn 28th Congressional District, but they will have to overcome incredible odds and funding disadvantages to mount a serious challenge to the long-time congressman. Schiff raised $725,559 in 2011, bringing his total campaign cash on hand to more than $2.1 million, according to the Federal Election Commission. He's also led several high-visibility initiatives in the past several months, such as working to stop proposed funding cuts to Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars program and pushing the U.S. Forest Service to reinstitute night flights when battling wild fires.
NEWS
February 17, 2012
The U.S. House of Representatives approved today an extension of the payroll tax cut through 2012, extended unemployment compensation and prevented a reduction in physician reimbursements under Medicare. After the 293-to-132 vote, Rep. Adam Schiff , who voted for the legislative package, issued a statement, saying he was pleased with the outcome. “While our economy is making definite progress, we still have a long way to go,” Schiff said in his statement. “We can't afford to damage the fragile recovery when millions of Americans are still out of work and millions more are struggling to stay afloat.” He said the payroll tax cut extension will put almost $1,000 a year in the pockets of middle-class families through larger paychecks every month.
NEWS
December 15, 2010
Gatto garners post and speaker positions On Wednesday, California Assembly Speaker John Perez (D - Los Angeles) named Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) assistant speaker pro tempore, while tapping the freshman lawmaker for several influential committee posts. Gatto will serve on the Appropriations, Arts and Entertainment, Banking and Government Operations committees, as well as the Water, Parks and Wildlife committee. As assistant speaker, Gatto will preside over the Assembly when Perez is absent.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | October 28, 2010
Stark differences on energy, taxes and the role of government surfaced Wednesday night at a forum featuring five congressional candidates at Burbank City Hall. About 120 voters filled the City Council chambers and dozens more watched on a monitor placed on the steps of City Hall as candidates for the 27th and 29th congressional districts clashed at a League of Women Voters Glendale/Burbank forum. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Republican rival Mark Reed traded barbs while staking out contrasting positions.
NEWS
By Michael Teahan | October 6, 2010
With so much of the conversation in this election focused on what will make small businesses happy and motivated, I thought it might be valuable to get an entrepreneurial perspective. Not from a chamber of commerce lobbyist, talking head or rich chief executive who forgot what being a small business owner even means — but a real one. I have been a business owner for all but three years of my adult life, as was my father, my mother, four uncles, two aunts and one cousin. Some preach small business.
NEWS
February 25, 2010
Lawmakers passed a series of bills this week to make up for a portion of the state?s projected $20-billion shortfall by mid-2011, although the $2.3 billion in budget solutions didn?t go over well with members of the minority party, representatives said. The bills were the first of many that legislators expect to take up in the coming weeks to make up for the remainder of the projected $6.6-billion shortfall for the current fiscal year. The Legislature will move on to tackle the $12.3-billion gap projected for the 2010-11 budget year, although those efforts will likely begin in earnest in June, lawmakers said.
LOCAL
By Allen E. Brandstater | June 1, 2009
“Ignorance is bliss” wrote the English poet and scholar, Thomas Gray, 300 years ago. In the case of Theodore Polychronis’ commentary (“No taxes! Not for the upper crust, that is,” May 22) ignorance can be understood, but something one would find embarrassing to be shared in public print. He writes that those who object to higher taxes — “cultists who want no taxes for anything, under any circumstances . . .  can live in a vacuum in the society.
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