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Immigration Reform Dies

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The push for Federal immigration reform is now, unofficially dead. Immigration activists pushing for the last eight years under both President George Bush and President Barack Obama for measures to legalize nearly twelve million people who are currently in the United States unlawfully will be very disappointed. The significant Republican …

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Time for Another Prop 13

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In 1978, Californians passed Proposition 13 to cap property tax increases at two percent per year. At the time, and as we saw last decade, property values were increasing at such a fast pace, that many people had difficulty keeping up with the doubling and tripling of their property taxes. …

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Technology Flusters Government’s Tax Obsession

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Online and phone based applications are creating hysteria for local, state and federal government agencies and bureaucrats. It is not concern for public safety or “fairness” for traditional businesses as they are claiming in lawsuits against Uber over unregulated taxi services or paying hotel taxes for Airbnb, or the dozens …

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Missed Opportunities: A San Bernardino Story

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When Michael McKinney was appointed Chief of Staff to San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis, a tremendous opportunity was handed to him. McKinney, who is also the proprietor of MICA PR, was the lead consultant in last November’s recall effort. Whether one agrees with the recall or its result, it was …

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San Bernardino: In Need of a Course Correction

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The City of San Bernardino just can’t seem to get a break. Even as Ferguson, Missouri was burning this week absorbing the nation’s attention, San Bernardino’s City leadership just couldn’t resist muckraking and developing its own negative press for the sole purpose of deflecting public attention. For the record, city …

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San Bernardino Continues Self-Immolation

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The City of San Bernardino has a long history of rejecting private investment opportunities within her boundaries. Opposition to private development both large and small have ranged from objections to minor land use changes to the adoption of strict foothill development codes to rejection of the reuse of existing railroad …

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