San Pablo misses mark with donation box fee
I work for Campus California, a nonprofit organization that collects clothing and shoes that are resold and reused to benefit many living in poverty around the world.
The San Pablo City Council is now charging $1,000 per donation box situated in San Pablo.
One of our site hosts said it best. He's worried about possible loss of business if the box is removed because people will now go somewhere else to donate and could take their business there as well. Without the ability to collect clothing, my job could be in jeopardy.
I feel sure the three council members at the meeting to vote on this regulation -- Leonard McNeil, Paul Morris and Genoveva Calloway -- had the best of intentions with their vote.
My boss, Keld Duus, explained it to the staff. He said that to ask a nonprofit to pay $1,000 per box prices everyone out of the market. Also, there's no commitment on how the city plans to pay to enforce this regulation.
Our public relations director has been working to offer minimal language changes that would alleviate the problems with this regulation. I hope the City Council will rethink and revise.
Bureaucrats target wrong budget cuts
As I was looking at the headlines today I saw a cartoon, "On the chopping block," and
What it showed me is that our state has a $15.7 billion deficit.
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to cut $5.2 billion from schools, $800 million from higher education, $50 million from aid to the mentally disabled and $33 million from "other." That is a total of $6.83 billion.
Now, if my math is right, that leaves a total of $8.93 billion that Brown is not even thinking of cutting.
Why is it that when the bureaucrats need to make cuts, they always start with scare tactics? Starting with cutting schools, fire departments, police departments and aid to the mentally disabled.
Why don't they start with the fat in the government, starting with all the waste in Sacramento? (I won't go into all of the regulations that are moving businesses out of the state, taking all of their jobs to other states without the regulations.)
I am sorry that I voted for Jerry Brown.
Carl L. Politis
Fabian socialism won't aid California recovery
So, the California deficit is now ... (again!) ... $16 billion and not $9 billion as previously announced. And once again we are threatened with -- ad nauseam -- "catastrophic" cuts unless we bow to the demands of our Fabian socialist Assembly and Senate and governor. Before bowing the knee to Moonbeam and his co-conspirators, consider the following:
California's economy is not recovering from the Great Recession because of the same Fabian socialists in the Congress.
Chief Executive magazine rated California last among the 50 states for business environment.
Between '92 and '08, California lost 869,000 tax filers -- each earning on average $44,700. About $44 billion in revenues has gone away.
Last year alone, 254 companies, per Spectrum Location Solutions, relocated out of California -- 26 percent more than in 2010.
In 2009, "Kahlifornia" voted to accept $13 billion in taxes courtesy of "Ahnold."
And here is the absolute kicker: Spending this year will be at its highest since the downturn began and is still 6 percent above 2010's level. Never enough!
Charles K. Arnold
Where do the police think pot comes from?
I don't understand something. It is OK to sell medical marijuana, but the police keep making a big deal of shutting down the grow operations. Where the hell do they think it comes from?
How does Greece have such a huge impact?
We always had a fair idea on world economy leadership; the United States, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Germany, etc., go the list.
As per news of recent months, it appears the greatest economy on which the world revolves is a tiny country called Greece. Stock markets all over the world are affected daily by what happens in that country. Events in China or the United States, good or bad, seem to have marginal effect.
What we learned in universities gave an impression that stock prices are governed primarily by company performance. How much of goods and services are purchased or sold to Greece as a percentage of international trade? Less than 0.01 percent?
Business reports have to identify the real issues, including the gambling effect of stock trade.