Saturday, June 30

Chino Hills insanity - banners

Some years ago, when some Chino Hills residents came out in opposition to the opening of the 99 Ranch Market, Gwenn Norton-Perry, then mayor of Chino Hills, was quoted as saying, "We can tell them we prefer signs to be in English only, but we can't require it...."

But they meddle in signs and banners in all sorts of ways, as we see from "Chino Hills News":
Note what Joann Lombardo is quoted as saying:





Monday, June 11

Friday, June 8

How one California city wasted taxpayer money

Christophe's Restaurant and Lounge, was a business in downtown Upland, CA that closed in January.

Sandra Emerson, of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin notes,
Christophe's was the first restaurant to participate in the city's restaurant incentive program, which loaned the operators $350,000 in redevelopment money. However, the restaurant was unable to repay the loan, almost in its entirety, when it closed.

The city retained the fixtures and furniture purchased with the loan, said Jeff Zwack, the city's development director.

Upland will never be reimbursed for the funding, since it was redevelopment money, he said.
And that's how Upland, CA threw away $350,000 of taxpayer dollars from the defunct Community Redevelopment Agency program. The government sure can pick winners!

Wednesday, June 6

Thank you!

Mark J. Perry: Just 400 Americans pay almost as much in federal income taxes as the entire bottom 50% of 69 million Americans filing income tax returns.

Sunday, June 3

Is this really a surprise?

Mark J. Perry writes,
What kind of return have taxpayers gotten for their coerced investment in the renewable energy sector over the last few years, e.g. in terms of business success, industry profits, and job creation? Not a very good return, and not very many jobs.
(Even though they get much more in tax preferences.)