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Archive for November, 2017

Why We Need a “Truth in Taxing” Task Force Right Now – by Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Posted on 01. Nov, 2017 by .

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The $5.2 billion annual gas tax and car fee increase ma be the most unpopular legislation of the decade.  But the fact is this is just one particularly painful symptom of a political “shell game” that keeps driving taxes up year after to year.

I’m going to explain how lies and broken promises drive this system, but let me first offer a solution – a new Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) “Truth in Taxing” Task Force that will expose these bait and switch tactics and prevent even more tax hikes based on fraud and deception in the coming years. [...]

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Extending the Life of Your Water Heater Is Like “Money in the Bank” – by William O. Provin

Posted on 01. Nov, 2017 by .

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The object of this article is to help you understand your water heater and explain the necessary steps you must take to protect your investment and warranty.  Below are some things that threaten to shorten the life of your water heater:  [...]

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Winning a Jury Trial – by Margaret Allen, Attorney

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Alameda County and its juries are well known by the landlord attorneys as being tenant-friendly. Wins for landlords do not happen very often. However, there are rare occasions where the law and facts are in favor of the landlord and they win! [...]

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Finding a Work / Life Balance – by Misti McElwee

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It was the second day of [an] Educational Conference, I had an urgent email to respond to but first I needed to complete the research to find the answer to the emailed question.  I was sitting at the bar in the Convention Center and the second breakoff sessions were starting.  I was disappointed I was going to miss the session but duty calls.  The seats on both sides of me are quickly taken by two other attendees that were not going to be able to attend this session.  We struck up a conversation as we were setting up our laptops and looking for outlets to make sure we stayed powered up.  [...]

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L.A. Businesses and Landlords Trashed! Mayor and City Council Sending Wrong Message and Los Angeles Trade Show a Big Success!

Posted on 01. Nov, 2017 by .

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The below article was written by Jack Humphreville of the L.A. Watchdog.

LA WATCHDOG–The rollout of the City’s Commercial Waste Exclusive Franchise System has caused sticker shock to many businesses, multi-family buildings, and homeowner associations as they have been bushwhacked by rates that in “many instances. have doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled, with the inclusion of new fee assessments that did not exist under the previous private hauler agreements” according to a letter sent by Councilmember Mike Bonin to Councilwoman Nury Martinez, the Chair of the Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice Committee of the Los Angeles City Council.  [...]

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Open Letters to Oppose AB 1506 (Rent Control)! – by Michael Millman, Attorney

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The below letter was sent to Assemblyman Adam Gray

 

Dear Friend:

There is a housing crisis.  In high-tech communities in the Bay area, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and other locations, the municipal leaders have not provided for a plan to promote “affordable” housing. [...]

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Create Legacy Wealth by Fixing Problem Properties – by Terry Moore, CCIM

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Every quarter I have clients on the fence about whether to close on an in-escrow investment or walk away from it.  Often, the buyers realize that the owners or the in-place management firm has blundered to such an extent that it affects the value of the property. Those mistakes or deficiencies can be a possible windfall to a new buyer, because wise investors focus on future potential. They ask: “How can I create value by correcting problems?” [...]

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Railing Safety as Smart Business – Are You at Risk? – by Thomas Flynn

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It is important that property owners and management companies, are adequately privy to safety issues, and also informed of solutions for those issues that are present on the properties they maintain. Due to lenient railing codes in the past, apartments/condominiums, and hotels can be particularly dangerous.  In the U.S., approximately 140 children die every year, and three million need emergency medical treatment after falls from high buildings or extreme heights.   Multiple levels, decks, and high windows are significant danger inherent to these properties.  [...]

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Legal Q & A Bad Checks and Cash Payments – by Franco Simone, Esq.

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Q: My tenants have paid by personal check for the last year. I prefer for my tenants to pay in cash so I do not have to go to the bank. Can I demand that the tenant pay me in cash? [...]

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