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Why Pro-Soda-Tax Ad in Bay Area Is Misleading, Part II »

The November ballot in Oakland and San Francisco will feature proposals for a soda tax in each city, known as Measure HH and Proposition V, respectively, which would charge soda distributors an additional one cent per ounce of soda they sell in each city (or $2.88 per case). The tax would also apply to...
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Why Michael Bloomberg’s Pro-Soda-Tax Ad Is Misleading »

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is helping to bankroll a television-commercial campaign in favor of proposed soda taxes in Oakland and San Francisco, known as Measure HH and Proposition V, respectively, which will appear on each city’s November ballot. You can’t miss the commercial if you live in the Bay Area, as...
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Shining Spotlight on Bogus U.C. Berkeley “Think Tank” During National Sunshine Week »

This week is National Sunshine Week, a time when many journalists across America publish stories on government spending and transparency. One organization that needs more sunshine is the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at the University of California at Berkeley, a union propaganda mill disguised as an academic think tank and...
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Those Pesky Tax Laws II »

As an addendum to an earlier post citing the Obamas’ and various politicos’ (including Treasury Secretary Geithner and Tom Daschle) problems either understanding or adhering to the nation’s tax law, former Socialist Congressman Ron Dellums has apparently also decided that taxes are for the “little people.” He and his wife Cynthia owe at least...
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Let the Market Determine the Best Use of Oakland’s Waterfront »

Way back in 2002, as part of the process of closing Oakland’s historic Army Base, 303 acres of Army-owned land were transferred to local government entities—168 acres to the Port Authority and 135 acres to the City of Oakland itself. Located just south of the Bay Bridge, the two properties have remained in limbo...
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Forgiveness and the State »

There are so many shootings in major urban areas these days that most have ceased to garner any public attention. An exception occurred last year when an 11 year-old boy taking a piano lesson on a school-day afternoon was shot and paralyzed by a stray bullet from a gas station hold-up attempt across the...
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I’d Like My Money Back »

April 15, 2009 President Barack Obama Representative Barbara Lee Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Donald R. White, Alameda County Tax Collector Mayor Ron Dellums Messieurs and Mesdames, Rather than my usual practice of remitting taxes to you on this, your high holy day of April 15, I am this year...
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Guardian Angels for Oakland »

With the murder rate in Oakland, Calif., reportedly 3.5 times the national average and violent crime overall 2.31 times the national rate, the citizenry has become increasingly outraged as Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and the city’s political establishment have appeared incapable of even understanding the issue. Similar problems have plagued other major cities as...
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