By all means, let’s educate the voters about Proposition 13

<strong>By all means, let’s educate the voters about Proposition 13</strong>
Pixabay.comProp. 13 limits the tax rate on all real estate in California to 1 percent. ■ By Jon Coupal / Contributed This week, progressive interest groups announced they had sufficient signatures to qualify an initiative for the 2020 ballot that is a direct attack on Proposition 13. Specifically, this so-called “split roll” initiative would raise property taxes on the owners of business properties to the tune of $11 billion every year, according to the backers. Because many small business owners rent their property via “triple net” leases, they too would be subject to radical increases in the cost of doing business. Although there is a statewide election this November, the “split (more…)

Rise shows compliance trend growing

<strong>Rise shows compliance trend growing</strong>
Cannabis tax revenue increases in 2nd quarter of 2018 Pixabay.jpgIf the City of Hemet decides to implement tax regulations on local cannabis businesses they will be subject to the two new cannabis taxes. ■ California Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) released revenue numbers for cannabis sales for the 2nd quarter of 2018. Tax revenue from the cannabis industry totaled $74,240,257 from April 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018, which includes state cultivation, excise and sales taxes. It does not include tax revenue collected by each jurisdiction. California’s excise tax on cannabis generated $43,490,668 in revenue during the second quarter of calendar (more…)

District offices filing deadline is past

<strong>District offices filing deadline is past</strong> photo shows one of the districts mentioned above “Hemet Unified School District” ■ Registrar of Voters / Contributed As we approach the fall season, elections are also around the corner. Anyone who was interested in running for office in the Nov. 6 general election could have filed papers for candidacy until 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10. If an incumbent failed to file, the deadline was extended for that office – for non-incumbents only – until 5 p.m. on Aug. 15. The following special districts and school districts had open seats: Special Districts Jurupa Community Services District Rubidoux Community Services District Idyllwild Fire Protection District Desert Healthcare District Palo Verde Healthcare (more…)

$150 million bond measure would max out district’s credit

<strong>$150 million bond measure would max out district’s credit</strong>
Citizen oversight committee to keep tabs on spending Robin Underwood / The Valley ChronicleBoard members voted on a $150 million bond measure to be put on the ballot to repair and upgrade HUSD schools. ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed The Governing Board of the Hemet Unified School District has recently approved placing a $150 million dollar school-bond measure on the November 6 ballot. The amount was arrived at after an evaluation of the needs of all the schools in the district. It also happens to meet the cap for what the district can sell in the way of bonds. Despite the size of the voter-approved amount, the district has decided to (more…)

Hemet City Council puts cannabis measure on ballot

<strong>Hemet City Council puts cannabis measure on ballot</strong>
Voters will decide future of cannabis-related businesses in Hemet cityofhemet.orgCouncil members discussed three different resolutions before voting to place two before voters in the Nov. 6 election. ■ By Taj Shorter / City Reporter This November, Hemet residents will be able to vote on whether or not the city will have a stake in local commercial cannabis businesses. During a special meeting held by Hemet City Council on Aug. 7, a decision was reached on potentially regulating cannabis revenue from non-retail operations. City Council passed motions to adopt two different resolutions – one placing cannabis on the ballot and the other enabling a temporary cannabis prohibition. The council’s actions were in (more…)

California Legislature passes the pension

Unfunded pension crisis in the state demands action and reform ■ Jon Coupal / Contributed In truth, Sacramento politicians are very dependable. You can depend on them to raise your taxes, pass meaningless resolutions attacking President Trump, and hurt the private sector by eliminating workplace arbitration and enacting even more burdensome regulations. And finally, they are very dependable in avoiding the most important threats to California’s financial solvency, especially dealing with unfunded pension liabilities. Much has been written about California’s unfunded pension crisis. By 2024, normal contribution payments by cities and counties to CalPERS are estimated to total nearly $3 billion, and the unfunded contribution payments are estimated to total $5.5 (more…)

Free classes offered for caregivers

<strong>Free classes offered for caregivers</strong>
County to offer series of 12 classes to support those caring for the elderly county is offering a series of 12 classes on how to care for the elderly. ■ Riverside County Office on Aging There is good news for family and friends who are caring for older adults with Alzheimer’s and other chronic conditions. A new series of the Riverside County Office on Aging’s “Care Pathways” programs is beginning this summer at key locations of the county including – Riverside, Moreno Valley, Menifee, Hemet, Perris and the Coachella Valley. The program provides a series of weekly workshops designed to offer information and support to family caregivers who face challenges (more…)

The Mind Reels

Confusion over Trump’s representation of national interest ■ Winslow Myers / Contributed “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.” —Winston Churchill Equally enigmatic is how Mr. Trump went about representing the national interest of the United States at Helsinki. Until Mr. Mueller is ready to provide possible clarification, the fog around the president’s motivation persists: narcissistic ineptitude almost surely; perhaps also kompromat, collusion, and/or fear of money laundering becoming exposed. All the confusion provides an object lesson in the plasticity of enemy-imaging. As someone old enough (more…)

Miller, Ledezma city council seats up for election in San Jacinto

<strong>Miller, Ledezma city council seats up for election in San Jacinto</strong>
Nomination documents available until Aug. 9 Photos by City of San JacintoScott Miller. Alonso Ledezma. ■ Chronicle News Staff There are two San Jacinto city council seats up for election in the November general election, and each carries a term of four years. Official nomination documents are available at the San Jacinto City Clerk’s office until Aug. 9. The general municipal election will be held in the City of San Jacinto on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 for the seats on city council currently held by Alonso Ledezma and Scott Miller. Official nomination documents for any qualified person wishing to file for either of these offices will be available at the City (more…)

Hemet Unified considers $150 million bond measure

<strong>Hemet Unified considers $150 million bond measure</strong>
School district discusses a possible November ballot Photos by HUSDSchool officials say that payment of the bonds would not raise property taxes but only extend taxes that property owners already are paying. ■ Robin Underwood / Reporter Hemet Unified School District may be looking into putting a school bond measure on the upcoming November ballot. The proposal would be for $150 million to upgrade school properties. On Tuesday July 17, HUSD held a study session open to the public to discuss the possible bond measure. The district will be making a final decision to move forward with the bond at its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 31. Alexandria Sponheim, (more…)