Mountain View Voice

Opinion - January 22, 2010

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On attempts to thwart another state money grab

If Sacramento wants the additional money, let them come to the people directly with tax hikes. This indirect tax strikes me as taxation without representation.

Will Joseph, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood

Actually, it is taxation with representation. Our elected legislature and executive are responsible. In fact, our Assembly member has an office on Castro Street, next to the appliance store if you're looking where to picket.

This money grab is more reason to reform or get rid of Prop 13.

This happens because local governments no longer have control of revenues. Instead of local property taxes paying for services, cities and counties rely on the state sales tax for revenues. Those revenues are controlled by the state. This is a serious issue and will continue to be an issue, even with a Constitutional Amendment to protect the amount the state must dedicate to those purposes. Such is the case with the education proposition that forces the state to spend a set amount of the general fund for education.

dfb, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood

On heavy rain and high winds hitting region

Remember it will help your street drain better on trash day if you put your trash/recycle bins just onto the street, set out away from the curb and gutter.

If you snug the wheels up against the curb in the gutter it creates a dam which blocks proper drainage and it also collects leaves and muck, creating even bigger blockage to properly draining your street and your property. Now you know.

HandyAndy, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood

On an armed robbery attempt in front of the Mountain View police station

A job well done for all concerned (the victims, the MVFD battalion chief and the responding MVPD officers). When citizens are proactive in reporting crime in this fashion, they become the extra eyes and ears of the police, and a vital link in the chain of crime prevention and solution.

The Eye, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood

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