Unions Fill Power Vacuum at Obscure California Regional Government

By Kevin Dayton
On June 7, 2016, voters in nine California counties in the San Francisco Bay Area will vote on a proposal (Measure AA) to annually assess a $12 tax on every property parcel. This tax would apply equally to each parcel, ranging in assessed property value from Google headquarters in Mountain View to a $30,000 trailer...

TAGS: Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, Project Labor Agreement, Project Labor Agreements

Taxpayer Group Pushing to Gut California’s Prop. 13 is Union Front Group

By Kevin Dayton
One lingering success of the Right in California is the public’s continued association of taxpayers’ organizations with fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and limited government. Statewide groups such as the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and regional groups such as the San Diego County Taxpayers Association maintain credibility as leaders in resisting foolhardy tax increases and wasteful...

TAGS: Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Los Angeles Times, National University System Institute for Policy Research in San Diego, Proposition 39 (2000), San Diego County Taxpayers Association

San Diego and Sacramento Asking Voters to Approve Over $3.0 Billion in Construction Bonds with Union Mandated Labor Agreements

By Kevin Dayton
Two California urban school districts notorious for requiring their construction contractors to sign Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) with construction trade unions will be asking voters to approve huge bond measures in the November 6, 2012 election. Voters have overwhelmingly approved two large bond measures during the past 15 years for both the San Diego Unified School District and the...

TAGS: Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, Project Labor Agreements, Sacramento City Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District