Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 9:10:52 AM
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Subject: City's Hotel Tax (Transient Occupancy Tax) - Ballot Measure
From: Councilmember Jean Quan
Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Submitting, On The Council's Own Motion, To
The Electors At A June 2, 2009 Special Election, A Proposed Ordinance Amending The
Oakland Municipal Code In Order To Provide For A Two Percent Surcharge To The
City's Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel Tax) To Support The Oakland Zoo, The Oakland
Museum of California, Chabot Space And Science Center And The Cultural Arts
Programs And Festivals..
(a) This section implements and fulfills the intent of this article and of Article XIIIB and Section 16 of Article XVI of the California Constitution. The allocation and payment to an agency of the portion of taxes specified in subdivision (b) of Section 33670 for the purpose of paying principal of, or interest on, loans, advances, or indebtedness incurred for redevelopment activity, as defined in subdivision (b) of this section, shall not be deemed the receipt by an agency of proceeds of taxes levied by or on behalf of the agency within the meaning or for the purposes of Article XIIIB of the California Constitution, nor shall such portion of taxes be deemed receipt of proceeds of taxes by, or an appropriation subject to limitation of, any other public body within the meaning or for purposes of Article XIIIB of the California Constitution or any statutory provision enacted in implementation of Article XIIIB. The allocation and payment to an agency of this portion of taxes shall not be deemed the appropriation by a redevelopment agency of proceeds of taxes levied by or on behalf of a redevelopment agency within the meaning or for purposes of Article XIIIB of the California Constitution. (b) As used in this section, "redevelopment activity" means either of the following: (1) Redevelopment meeting all of the following criteria: (A) Is redevelopment as prescribed in Sections 33020 and 33021. (B) Primarily benefits the project area. (C) None of the funds are used for the purpose of paying for employee or contractual services of any local governmental agency unless these services are directly related to the purpose of Sections 33020 and 33021 and the powers established in this part. (2) Payments authorized by Section 33607.5. (c) Should any law hereafter enacted, without a vote of the electorate, confer taxing power upon an agency, the exercise of that power by the agency in any fiscal year shall be deemed a transfer of financial responsibility from the community to the agency for that fiscal year within the meaning of subdivision (a) of Section 3 of Article XIIIB of the California Constitution.
Note the BOLD. In other words have the Convention and Visitor Bureau's activity written into the
Redevelopment Plan for Downtown and the Colisem Redevelopment Area. That would do the trick
Uh. Now I know why I go to make a video yelling about Rush Limbaugh. That's fresh meat!
The February 26, 2009 Finance and Management Committee approved
recommendations; 4 Ayes
Subject: Real Property Purchase - 905 66th Avenue
From: Community and Economic Development Agency
Recommendation: Adopt An Agency Resolution Authorizing The Purchase Of Real
Property At 905 66th Avenue, From The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District For
$7,747,102 Less the Cost Of Any Environmental Site Remediation And Authorizing Up
To $12,000 For Real Estate Closing Costs, $60,000 For Property Inspection Costs And
$1,000,000 For Demolition Costs
Ah. This is what a sports commission's good for.
http://www.zennie62.com -- Rush Limbaugh's idiological rants are out of touch with an economic reality that will keep The Democrats in power for at least the next 10 years. The reason is the economy itself and the need for government investment.
Between 1960 and 1999 the U.S. Economy added 20 million new jobs every 10 years, but from 1999 to today, only about 4.7 million new jobs. What happened to the 15 million jobs? They went overseas to countries like India, France, and north to Canada. And with jobs goes wealth. It's a key reason America's now the 3 largest exporter whereas we were number one for years, until 2004. We're now behind Germany and China.
All of that wealth lost has resulted in wrecked credit over time. We have to have jobs to afford our mortgages and our population did not stop growing through this period. But what happened was that we started to lose jobs from the remaining stock of them. Remember, we have millions of people that aren't even being counted in our economy -- they don't exist for employment purposes. The "Joe The Plumbers" of today are the steel workers of yesterday. With a thriving growing manufaturing industry, we were able to employ Americans and jobs were plentiful. Not today.
With this weak World Credit system we need government spending to replace the private investment spending that's gone. Indeed, with fewer businesses there's less private investment spending -- goverment must catalyze the growth of business.
All of this calls for an activist government and that's something -- that need -- will keep The Democrats in power for years to come.
Zennie62 blog net
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