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Friday, April 28, 2006

Relief for Gas

With gas prices skyrocketing, legislators are proposing two steps to bring some relief to motorists. The Sister City is supporting both and urging you to write to member of Congress asking that both proposals be implemented. We also urge other bloggers to pick up this meme of "gas tax relief."

Senate Republicans propose a $100 tax rebate for taxpayers. Not only would this cover the increase in gas prices for drivers for some time, pumping the money back into the economy could do some good. We saw this with the 2001 tax rebate.

Democrats are proposing a temporary suspension in the 18 cents a gallon Federal gas tax. This would temporarily reduce money available for highway construction, but consumer spending could actually increase tax revenues by a greater amount.

These two measures won't necessarily lower gas prices but could provide some relief to taxpayers and a boost to the economy.

Below are links to the email addresses of California's Congressional Delegation.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

You have got to be kidding me.
$100 offsets my fuel cost increase?
It pumps money back into the economy?
Mayor, are you frigging high???

April 27, 2006 9:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, he's high

April 27, 2006 9:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How about Exxon kicking back some of the $8 BILLION in profit it made just in the last three months?
Sam has been drinking the kool-aid, it appears.

April 27, 2006 10:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Is this Cynthia

April 27, 2006 11:10 PM  

Blogger calwatch said:

Actually, it was argued on the John and Ken show that gas taxes should have been increased, to drive down demand. Either we give the money to Iran and Saudi Arabia or we reinvest it in our own country. Right now may actually be a good time to increase th gas tax by 50 cents or a dollar, and then reinvest that money to giving tax breaks to the poor and middle class so that it becomes revenue neutral, while encouraging development of alternative fuels and people purchasing hybrids and riding public transit. Besides, a gas tax hike would immediately decongest many of our freeways.

April 28, 2006 12:12 AM  

Blogger Matt said:

Easy call - Election year desperation play.

What's funny, of course, is that car owners would save as much with either plan, except the Dems are actually talking about offering a tax cut, while Republicans want to start up a new welfare program for unpopular GOP congressmen.

April 28, 2006 12:22 AM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

LA Times Today:

""At the same time, the politics surrounding the budget heated up as word spread in City Hall that Villaraigosa planned to endorse Assemblywoman Cindy MontaƱez (D-San Fernando) over Councilman Alex Padilla in the race for the state Senate's 20th District seat in the San Fernando Valley."

April 28, 2006 12:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That would be a bad move for our mayor if he endorsed Cindy. Rumor on the 4th floor is people see it as a backstabbing. AV gave credit to Padilla for "paving the way to the mayor's office."

Guess Cindy is the one making pillow talk with the powerful politican.

April 28, 2006 5:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam is right to call for tax breaks and rebates, they've always been good for the economy. Even Bill Clinton knew that.

Too bad all you morons who work for the City know nothing about the economy.

April 28, 2006 8:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:35 It would be nothing new to see back stabbing at city hall. We all know this is the game and our current policy makers are playing it but not very well. A big backlash against our current mayor and his appointments is coming. Watch...

April 28, 2006 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The GOP wants people getting checks with Bush's signature on it before the November election. It's straight out of GRAY DAVIS' playbook. A few years back, when they first lowered the Vehicle License Fee (before he raised it again) Davis made this move. Rather than just credit everyone on your bill -- which would have been easier and cheaper -- he had you pay the older, higher rate and then sent you a rebate check. That way you'd remember that you got the money... then Bush did it again in 2001... and now they need the good PR so the GOP wants to do it again.

Economics says raise the taxes...

April 28, 2006 10:02 AM  

Blogger PETA NO! said:

What we need to do is confiscate any and all vehicles from the Liberal eco-wackos. They will get their vehicles back when they agree it's a good idea for the U.S. to drill for it's own oil. In the meantime, they need to shut up about high gas prices. IT'S THEIR FAULT!!!!!!!!

April 28, 2006 10:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AV backstabbing. hardly.
AV's knows who was there at Valley operation since day 1.
Padilla came on board when the writing was on the wall.

its showtime kids.

April 28, 2006 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The question is how much will the endorsement mean versus Alex's campaign war chest. We won't know until the votes are in!

April 28, 2006 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's just say...there goes Padilla's base.


he should start investing in buying votes.

April 28, 2006 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Peta No: You're an idiot. You won't be satisfied until we've drilled your pea-sized brain looking for oil. Gas consumption steadily declined after the 70's nightmare of gas lines, alternate days buying etc. Why? People got a freaking clue & stopped driving huge gas-guzzling cars. Those of us who were alive back then recall how the small car buying frenzy drove greedy Texas oilmen to bankruptcy by the dozens. Why is is to hard for certain Republican environmental murderers to figure out that all it takes is LESS GAS USE to drive down the price??? Or maybe I should ask when was the last time any of you WALKED more than 6 feet on any given day????

April 28, 2006 12:32 PM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

Our economy is heavily dependant on fossil fuel. We can shift away from it now, or we can shift away from it later - but it is pretty much inevitable.

I think any reasonable person would suggest a gradual decrease in subsidy of fossil fuel production. However, our democracy doesn't change policies unless there is a huge crisis.

Someone clever has to find a way to pin the blame for fuel price increases on their political opposition, and help our economy make this transition before it causes a depression and a civil war when the wells run dry and we have to become a colonial oil empire to stay afloat.

I was reading yesterday that oil ought to cost about $11/gallon if you add in the tax breaks and subsidies that producers and distributors get from our government. If we don't prepare our economy for that kind of fuel cost, we're going to be out of luck in a decade's time.

April 28, 2006 1:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


How is his base gone? Its not Antonio's name on the ballot...its Padilla vs. Montanez. His base will remember the Padilla part.

And the AV endorsement hurts the westside of that district for Cindy. But this is ALL speculation since AV HASN'T ENDORSED CINDY.

April 28, 2006 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's not forget that the Valley is pissed at Antonio for announcing he wants to raise trash fees. Who lives in the valley? Right...maybe not a good thing AV endorsing Cindy his pillow talk companion.

April 28, 2006 3:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

God damn, Cindy's endorsement list is impressive. That's a lot of damn West Valley folks.

Talk about coalitions.

April 28, 2006 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If they're mad its because scumbag politicians like Alex & Cardenas who can't provide basic services in their districts.

Isn't Alex the same dude boasting about how he defeated secession?

Yeah. I remember him now.

April 28, 2006 3:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

...and if I recall correctly, AV's SFV coalition includes many secession activists.

Hmmm, its making sense. Catch on to the pattern kids.

April 28, 2006 3:21 PM  

Anonymous J. Rivers said:

Sister City endorsements? Are you kidding me? This blog is more similar to the National Enquirer than the Los Angeles Times. No body reads this blogs for endorsements and advice we read it to get a fix of trashy gossip.

April 28, 2006 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, does anyone know whatever happened to Jimmy Blackman? No one has seen him. Did he leave AV?

April 28, 2006 7:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, Blackman left and now he works for Riordan.

April 30, 2006 12:03 AM  

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