|(Feb. 23, 2016, 7:45 a.m.) -- Bravo for Gary Shelton's heartfelt eloquence against a new city sales tax and its unfair impact against low-income residents [cited in LBREPORT.com editorial LB's "Let Them Eat Cake" Mayor & Councilmembers."] Here are three yet broader reasons for opposing the Garcia Gang Grab. These reasons apply even were the proposed grab not a regressive sales tax on low-income residents but the very opposite: a progressive income/hotel tax, to be applied just to visiting tourists with annual incomes of over ten million dollars!|
They are great at inventing insincere pleas to cover their spending whims. Now, in order to pass their new tax, they suddenly (after years of skimping in annual budgets) coo about allegedly needed massive infrastructure and maintenance.
Similarly for years they cried "wolf!" over an alleged urgent seismic problem in City Hall. Somehow for them this problem never required urgent interim relocation of city workers - or an unbiased look at retrofits and other long-term solutions - but instead urgently required spending huge sums on a glitzy someday-maybe-to-be new city-hall tower. Never mind that in this information age (one of internet and cloud, of universal and broad-band telecom), no such tower, old or new, is needed at all. As demonstrated for over a decade in my own work experience for the state of California (and more unhappily by the events of 9/11/2001) nowadays no enterprise need expensively centralize its clerical and professional workers into one building, let alone a building in a congested high-rent (and maybe vulnerable) site. Even if Long Beach utterly lacked a city-hall tower right now, there would be no need nowadays to construct one.
Mungo's window-dressing "Citizens' Advisory Committee" will be cherry-picked by Council politicians [members chosen by Mayor, approved by Council]; it will have no decision power, and anyhow it will "review" spending just of the NEW revenues. Even if (magically) the new spending is wise, the Council will be off-the-hook - free to keep misspending OLD (existing) revenues. A vote for a new tax would endorse irresponsible Council spending!
As a result, the Councilís actions are already imposing unofficial but hefty extra taxes (in money, time and effort) on those conscientious taxpaying citizens -- such as Citizens About Responsible Planning (CARP - see www.carplb.org) -- who are resisting actions they consider legally improper. A vote for a new tax would endorse those Council approved improprieties.
Ignorant citizens can stumble into keeping them in power. And by staying as ignorant as possible themselves, management can propound ill-considered spending and other measures, and Council members can with straight face rubber-stamp them. A vote for a new tax would endorse ignorance as a preferred guide for management actions and Council decisions.
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