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Mailbag: Taxpayers association 'never wants to pay for anything'

October 11, 2012

The Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn. sent out a citywide letter last week about ballot Measure CC, the Open Space Initiative, which is on the November ballot.

The association apparently thinks that a $10 a month parcel tax, which would raise $21 million over the next 20 years, is too much to spend to purchase remaining open space in Laguna Beach.

The association doesn't acknowledge that by maintaining a reasonable density in our town the infrastructure, including traffic, circulation, and parking, and the need for electricity, water and sewage will limit the financial burden on our citizens, and will also lead to an increase in our property values. Doesn't this make Measure CC a good investment?

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The association was against the bond measure for Main Beach Park. They actively opposed the 1990 Save the Canyon bond Measure H, and they did not support the temporary sales tax to pay for the Bluebird landslide repairs.

Thanks to the citizens and taxpayers of Laguna Beach, we have a beautiful window to the sea at Main Beach, acres of open space in the canyon — where there was to be 3,500 homes — and the Bluebird landslide is repaired.

The Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn. apparently never wants to pay for anything but ends up the beneficiary of what others have provided. By opposing Measure CC the association has once again shown they know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Johanna Felder

Laguna Beach

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Last chance for freedom

All of a sudden, it is less than 30 days until we decide the fate of our nation. Will the country elect Barack Obama and accelerate the growth and power of the federal government enslaving us all under a massive socialist and communist master or elect Mitt Romney and start a careful and business-like return to freedom, a less controlling and expensive government, and equality of opportunity for everyone.

But those who love freedom must also vote for conservative candidates at every level if we are to save and restore a constitutional government. I find the recommendations by the Orange County Register's editorial board match my own. For the following propositions, it is: 30 No, 31 No, 32 Yes, 33 Yes, 34 No, 35 Yes, 36 Yes, 37 No, 38 No, 39 No, 40 Yes. And of course, for Laguna voters, it is a giant No on Measure CC, which is nothing but a scam by a power group in Laguna to increase our taxes so they can gain control and power of $30 million to $40 million of our tax money.

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