Tokofsky the Money and Run
As a liberal, David's probably never met a tax increase he didn't like. And here he goes again.
David is proposing an increase in the parcel tax which will add another $150 a year to the hundreds of dollars homeowners are already paying in school bond measures, let alone just basic property taxes.
Remember, when folks like David want to tax homeowners, we're not just talking about David Geffen or Aaron Spelling and their mega-mansions, but in reality hundreds of thousands of people in places like Silverlake, Pico-Union, North Hollywood, South Central, etc. who own little four room houses and many of whom are senior citizens living on fixed incomes. It wasn't that long ago that huge property tax increases drove old folks from their homes and it was Proposition 13 that provided some relief. ("Father" of Prop 13, Howard Jarvis, pictured right)
"We made some drastic cuts, but before I ask voters for additional funding, the district needs to budget its money more wisely and efficiently," he said. "That puts us in a difficult position to ask for more local funding when the district has a long way to go to improve its budget process."As we said just the other day, the LAUSD needs to get its fiscal house in order. In California, $1 out of every $2 collected in taxes goes to education. The schools have plenty of money, they just honestly waste it.
School Board President Jose Huizar
And perhaps, The Sister City is getting through. Our favorite School Board President Jose "Weezy" Huizar is making noise that he may not support Tokofsky's taxing proposal. Now we know that could just be that he's getting ready to run for Antonio Villaraigosa's very soon to be vacated Council seat, but its possible he's getting religion. We shall see.
Tokofsky's proposal has not been greenlighted by the School Board yet, and if so would most likely show up on the November ballot (along with a construction bond measure already adopted by the board). The good thing is that the tax proposal requires a 66% vote, but that doesn't mean it will fail with the higher percentage of renters that vote these days.
Mayor Sam to David: Listen to your President. He's onto something.