Morning letters: Business owners shudder at Prop. 13 reversal
Published: Nov. 16, 2012 Updated: 2:22 p.m.
FULLERTON, Steve Coronado: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks in platitudes until he gets to Proposition 13 [“Time to invest in the future,” Opinion, Nov 13]. Then comes the doozy: “We need to reform Prop. 13 and move from a tax system full of loopholes and exemptions to a system that protects homeowners, supports job creation and gives Californians the ability to generate new revenue.” Wow.
As the owner of two businesses in California (for now), one of which is in the business of owning and leasing property, I recoil in horror at that paragraph. I take advantage of no loopholes or exemptions. All deductions taken are those that are created and allowed by the government. Since when can you concurrently raise property taxes and protect homeowners? And this reform “gives Californians the ability to generate new revenue?” Californians typically vote to raise taxes on the other guy, not on themselves. New revenue is “code” for taxing the other guy who has more than you and taxing them until they are extinct or leave the state.
I will not be prodded into cooperation with or by the likes of Villaraigosa. He did not honor the sacred contract of marriage so I don’t expect him to honor any promise or contract to a taxpayer. How can he offer up what is best for California when his city is broke and became more so on his watch? His vision for the future is one where all of our money feeds the state’s insatiable appetite with no accountability, no results and no end of taxation in sight – no matter the cost.
No thanks. I will never agree to my own extinction, but I may agree to leave the state and soon.
CYPRESS, Tom Giedlin: Barely a week after the narrow passage of Prop. 30, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa begins an assault on Proposition 13 and the two-thirds majority vote threshold that was critical to defeating Measure J in Los Angeles [“Time to invest in the future,” Opinion, Nov. 13] Only a career labor organizer like Villaraigosa would lament defeat of Measure J for a 30-year extension of one-half cent sales tax to allow a city, county and state to borrow against future revenues for 30 years. There is no better example than this of liberal politicians and public employees operating at private business’s expense.
And every time the mayor mentions “investment,” just substitute the phrase “take your money.” As government handouts, hiring and bloated payrolls and pensions continue, how can small and medium-sized business possibly represent their interests to the liberals?
If the mayor had entered private practice immediately after law school, he would really understand what taxation without representation means for the minority private sector in California.