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A wealth tax could sabotage California’s recovery

CalMatters - Guest Commentary

Feeling overtaxed and frustrated with the cost of doing business in California, some of the state’s wealthiest residents abruptly moved out of state in recent months.

Elon Musk, the world’s richest person, went to Texas, which has no income tax. Billionaire Larry Ellison, the CEO of software giant Oracle, moved to Hawaii and relocated his company headquarters to Texas.

Vallejo salutes fallen heroes at Mare Island Cemetery with wreaths

$17,000 raised in order to have wreath placed on every grave

Back in October Vallejo Navy League President Steve Nash started a campaign to make sure every tombstone in the Mare Island Cemetery had a wreath on it before Christmas. However, he was concerned he might not be able to raise enough money to finish the job.

He shouldn’t have worried so much.

Ban on Police Choke Holds Moves Forward in California Senate

Assembly Bill 1196, which would ban law enforcement in California from using choke holds or similar restraining methods that pose a substantial risk of asphyxiation when detaining people, passed the state Senate Public Safety Committee Friday.

The legislation follows sustained national outcry over the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

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Local fees that boost California housing costs targeted by Assembly Democrats

SACRAMENTO — Home builders have lobbied for years to cut the fees that local governments can charge them to offset the effects their projects have on roads, police and other public services, arguing that the additional costs make construction prohibitively expensive in California.

A legislative package unveiled Monday by five Assembly Democrats proposes to cap those fees and waive them altogether for some projects, in hopes of providing a jolt to the state’s stagnating construction rates and easing the housing shortage.

California lawmakers: eye limits on housing project fees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In their latest bid to combat California’s affordable housing crisis, state lawmakers on Monday announced a package of bills to limit development fees that can add tens of thousands of dollars to the price of a new home.

Editorial: California Assembly must pass bill to build housing near BART

The state of California in general and the Bay Area in particular have a housing crisis, but you wouldn’t know it from the journey AB2923 has had through the state Legislature.

This bill, which was introduced by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Tim Grayson, D-Concord, offers a simple way to add badly needed new housing where the Bay Area needs it most.