Category Archives: Taxes

Gov. Newsom wants $25M in taxpayer funds to help migrants at border

I wouldn’t expect anything less from sanctuary California.

From SF Gate: California Governor Gavin Newsom wants to use $20 million of state funds to create an “Immigration Rapid Response Program” that provides aid to migrants who arrive at California’s border.

In his recently-released 2019-2020 budget, Newsom proposed giving $20 million to humanitarian organizations and non-profit entities that currently provide aid to migrants.

“These funds will be available over a three-year period to assist qualified community-based organizations and nonprofit entities in providing services during immigration or human trafficking emergency situations when federal funding is not available,” the budget reads. “These funds will also be available to support the redirection of state-level staff who directly assist in response efforts.”

In addition, Newsom calls for $5 million to be made available immediately for any “immigration-related emergencies” that arise in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The three-year period in which the $20 million becomes available would begin in July 2019, if approved.

The Los Angeles Times reported that most of the funds would likely go to the San Diego Rapid Response Network, a coalition of human rights organizations, attorneys and community leaders that provides humanitarian aid to migrants near the border.

A recent surge in migrants attempting to seek asylum at the southern border has led many to declare the existence of a “humanitarian crisis.” In December 2018, two migrant children died in the custody of Customs and Border Protection shortly after making the dangerous trek to the US southern border.

Newsom toured an immigration detention facility in San Diego this past November, and said the state of California should do more in providing aid to migrants. “My job is to be constructive … to try to find ways to bring people to the table and to address what legitimately can be described as a humanitarian crisis,” he said at the time. “We’re all in this together … I think we need to humanize this issue, not politicize the issue.”

Newsom’s budget proposal calls only for assisting non-profit organizations in “providing services” to migrants. It is unclear what exactly those services might be or which organizations it will be funding.


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Immoral: Illegal alien, 19, arrested in connection with four Nevada murders

Illegal alien wanted in connection with four murders/Washoe County Sheriff’s Office photo

Four American citizens permanently separated from their families and friends.

From Fox News: Investigators in northern Nevada said a suspect in the murders of four people, three of them women, is in custody on an immigration hold and other charges.

Wilbur Ernesti Martinez-Guzman, 19, was arrested Saturday afternoon by deputies from the Carson County Sheriff’s Office, Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam told a news conference Sunday.

“We feel confident we have the evidence to link him to all four homicides,” Balaam said.

Investigators said the killings started on or around Jan. 10 in Gardnerville, a town south of Carson City. Connie Koontz, 56, was found shot and killed in her home. On Jan. 13, 74-year-old Sophia Renken was found dead in her home approximately a mile away from Koontz.

The FBI joined the investigation after the bodies of married couple Gerald David, 81, and Sharon David, 80, were found in their home on the southern edge of Reno Wednesday. Balaam told The Associated Press on Friday that all four killings were similar in the use of a firearm and the removal of objects from the victims’ homes.

The sheriff urged residents to turn on outside lights, secure their homes and refuse to open the door for anyone they didn’t know.

On Sunday, Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley told the Reno and Carson City communities: “We feel strongly that we have the man responsible for this and that you can continue to go about your daily activities and live normally.”

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong told reporters a tip led investigators to surveil Martinez-Guzman, who had lived in the Carson City area for approximately one year. Furlong added that immigration officials had said that Martinez-Guzman “was likely in the United States illegally and was detainable.”

Martinez-Guzman was being held in the Carson City Jail on Sunday and was charged with burglary, possession of stolen property and obtaining money under false pretenses. Furlong added that an immigration hold had been placed on the suspect, who was not known to his office.

Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said authorities would seek arrest warrants against Martinez-Guzman for the murders “in the coming days.”


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States with the highest & lowest property taxes

Property taxes are the single largest revenue source for local governments, used to fund fire and police departments, schools, and road maintenance, including snow removal, cleaning, and repair.

In 2015, the average U.S. property taxes per person was $1,518. Since property taxes are ratified, collected, and spent almost entirely at the municipal level, depending on where you live, property taxes can be either relatively low or a major financial burden.

Generally, property taxes are collected as a set share of the value of a home or parcel of land. Depending on local laws, home or property values are assessed periodically based on estimated sale prices, or by using the sale price when the property was last sold.

Using data from the Tax Foundation’s report, 2018 Facts & Figures: How Does Your State Compare?, 24/7 Wall St reviewed the 2015 effective property tax rate — the total amount of property taxes paid annually as a percentage of the total value of all occupied homes — for all 50 states, to derive the states with the highest and lowest property taxes. However, states with relatively low effective property tax rates do not necessarily have low tax revenue if real estate values in an area are high. That means that a state with a low effective property tax rate may actually have high per capita property taxes in dollar amount. The worst, of course, is a state with a high effective property tax rate and high per capita property taxes. And the worst of the worst is New Jersey, which has the highest effective property tax rate and the highest per capita property taxes.

The top 5 states in effective property tax rates are:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Vermont

The top 5 states in per capita property taxes are:

  1. New Jersey
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Vermont

The 5 states with the lowest effective property tax rates are:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alabama
  3. Louisiana
  4. West Virginia
  5. Wyoming

The 5 states with the lowest per capita property taxes are:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. New Mexico
  4. Kentucky
  5. Delaware

Below is a list of all 50 states from the lowest to highest effective property tax rates:

(50) Hawaii:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.29% (the lowest)
  • Median home value: $617,400 (the highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,069.62 (18th lowest)
  • Median household income: $77,765 (3rd highest)

(49) Alabama:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.40% (2nd lowest)
  • Median home value: $141,300 (7th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $539.76 (the lowest)
  • Median household income: $48,123 (6th lowest)

(48) Louisiana:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.51% (3rd lowest)
  • Median home value: $162,500 (15th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $868.77 (8th lowest)
  • Median household income: $46,145 (4th lowest)

(47) West Virginia:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.53% (4th lowest)
  • Median home value: $119,800 (the lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $887.99 (9th lowest)
  • Median household income: $43,469 (the lowest)

(46) Wyoming:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.55% (5th lowest)
  • Median home value: $214,300 (22nd highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $2,346.84 (6th highest)
  • Median household income: $60,434 (19th highest)

(45) South Carolina:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.56%
  • Median home value: $161,800 (14th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,129.61 (20th lowest)
  • Median household income: $50,570 (9th lowest)

(44) Delaware:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.56%
  • Median home value: $252,800 (17th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $855.29 (5th lowest)
  • Median household income: $62,852 (17th highest

(43) Colorado:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.59%
  • Median home value: $348,900 (4th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,381.92 (25th lowest)
  • Median household income: $69,117 (11th highest)

(42) Arkansas:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.63%
  • Median home value: $128,500 (3rd lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $698.60 (2nd lowest)
  • Median household income: $45,869 (3rd lowest)

(41) Mississippi:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.64%
  • Median home value: $120,200 (2nd lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $971.63 (13th lowest)
  • Median household income: $43,529 (2nd lowest)

(40) Utah:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.65%
  • Median home value: $275,100 (10th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $975.96 (15th lowest)
  • Median household income: $68,358 (13th highest)

(39) New Mexico:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.67%
  • Median home value: $171,300 (19th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $770.45 (3rd lowest)
  • Median household income: $46,744 (5th lowest)

(38) Arizona:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.70%
  • Median home value: $223,400 (21st highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,036.43 (17th lowest)
  • Median household income: $56,581 (23rd lowest)

(37) Tennessee:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.75%
  • Median home value: $167,500 (16th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $862.63 (7th lowest)
  • Median household income: $51,340 (10th lowest)

(36) Idaho:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.75%
  • Median home value: $207,100 (24th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $963.84 (12th lowest)
  • Median household income: $52,225 (11th lowest)

(35) Nevada:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.75%
  • Median home value: $258,200 (15th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $959.26 (11th lowest)
  • Median household income: $58,003 (25th lowest)

(34) California:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.76%
  • Median home value: $509,400 (2nd highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,450.91 (21st highest)
  • Median household income: $71,805 (8th highest)

(33) Montana:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.76%
  • Median home value: $231,300 (18th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,508.57 (19th highest)
  • Median household income: $53,386 (14th lowest)

(32) Kentucky:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.80%
  • Median home value: $141,000 (5th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $781.04 (4th lowest)
  • Median household income: $48,375 (7th lowest)

(31) Virginia:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.84%
  • Median home value: $273,400 (11th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,520.01 (18th highest)
  • Median household income: $71,535 (9th highest)

(30) North Carolina:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.84%
  • Median home value: $273,400 (11th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,520.01 (18th highest)
  • Median household income: $71,535 (9th highest)

(29) Oklahoma:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.84%
  • Median home value: $273,400 (11th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,520.01 (18th highest)
  • Median household income: $71,535 (9th highest)

(28) Indiana:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.87%
  • Median home value: $141,100 (6th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $974.87 (14th lowest)
  • Median household income: $54,181 (17th lowest)

(27) Georgia:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.94%
  • Median home value: $173,700 (21st lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,124.80 (19th lowest)
  • Median household income: $56,183 (19th lowest)

(26) Washington:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.96%
  • Median home value: $339,000 (5th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,408.64 (23rd highest)
  • Median household income: $70,979 (10th highest)

(25) Florida:

  • Effective property tax rate: 0.99%
  • Median home value: $214,000 (23rd highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,232.26 (22nd lowest)
  • Median household income: $52,594 (12th lowest)

(24) North Dakota:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.00%
  • Median home value: $194,700 (25th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,221.51 (21st lowest)
  • Median household income: $61,843 (18th highest)

(23) Oregon:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.01%
  • Median home value: $319,200 (7th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,404.16 (24th highest)
  • Median household income: $60,212 (20th highest)

(22) Alaska:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.01%
  • Median home value: $319,200 (7th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,404.16 (24th highest)
  • Median household income: $60,212 (20th highest)

(21) Missouri:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.02%
  • Median home value: $156,700 (13th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $990.44 (16th lowest)
    Median household income: $53,578 (15th lowest)

(20) Maryland:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.03%
  • Median home value: $312,500 (9th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,555.37 (16th highest)
  • Median household income: $80,776 (the highest)

(19) Minnesota:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.12%
  • Median home value: $224,000 (20th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,533.52 (17th highest)
  • Median household income: $68,388 (12th highest)

(18) Massachusetts:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.15%
  • Median home value: $385,400 (3rd highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $2,258.22 (8th highest)
  • Median household income: $77,385 (4th highest)

(17) South Dakota:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.21%
  • Median home value: $167,600 (17th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,380.91 (24th lowest)
  • Median household income: $56,521 (22nd lowest)

(16) Maine:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.23%
  • Median home value: $191,200 (24th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $2,055.00 (10th highest)
  • Median household income: $56,277 (20th lowest)

(15) Kansas:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.32%
  • Median home value: $150,600 (10th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,440.25 (22nd highest)
    Median household income: $56,422 (21st lowest)

(14) New York:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.40%
  • Median home value: $314,500 (8th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $2,696.90 (4th highest)
  • Median household income: $64,894 (14th highest)

(13) Iowa:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.44%
  • Median home value: $149,100 (9th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,569.22 (15th highest)
  • Median household income: $58,570 (25th highest)

(12) Pennsylvania:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.48%
  • Median home value: $181,200 (23rd lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,480.87 (20th highest)
  • Median household income: $59,195 (24th highest)

(11) Michigan:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.50%
  • Median home value: $155,700 (11th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,382.10 (25th highest)
  • Median household income: $54,909 (18th lowest)

(10) Rhode Island:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.53%
  • Median home value: $257,800 (16th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $2,339.34 (7th highest)
  • Median household income: $63,870 (15th highest)

(9) Ohio:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.60%
  • Median home value: $144,200 (8th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,271.45 (23rd lowest)
  • Median household income: $54,021 (16th lowest)

(8) Connecticut:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.62%
  • Median home value: $273,100 (12th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $2,846.51 (3rd highest)
  • Median household income: $74,168 (5th highest)

(7) Nebraska:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.67%
  • Median home value: $155,800 (12th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,895.19 (12th highest)
  • Median household income: $59,970 (21st highest)

(6) Texas:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.70%
  • Median home value: $172,200 (20th lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,731.37 (13th highest)
  • Median household income: $59,206 (23rd highest)

(5) Vermont:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.72% (5th highest)
  • Median home value: $226,300 (19th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $2,541.72 (5th highest)
  • Median household income: $57,513 (24th lowest)

(4) Wisconsin:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.77% (4th highest)
  • Median home value: $178,900 (22nd lowest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $1,615.71 (14th highest)
  • Median household income: $59,305 (22nd highest)

(3) New Hampshire:

  • Effective property tax rate: 1.99% (3rd highest)
  • Median home value: $263,600 (14th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $3,054.30 (2nd highest)
  • Median household income: $73,381 (6th highest)

(2) Illinois:

  • Effective property tax rate: 2.03% (2nd highest)
  • Median home value: $195,300 (25th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $2,087.44 (9th highest)
  • Median household income: $62,992 (16th highest)

(1) New Jersey:

  • Effective property tax rate: 2.16% (the highest)
  • Median home value: $334,900 (6th highest)
  • Per capita property taxes: $3,074.43 (the highest)
  • Median household income: $80,088 (2nd highest)


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Score one for the Second Amendment: Houston homeowner shoots & kills three perps during home invasion

Odds were one against four (or five, depending upon which media outlet you read). That’s why you need an equalizer.

From KHOU: Three people are dead and one is recovering after a home invasion in east Houston overnight. Police say four men forced their way into a home on Sherman at 71st around 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

Detectives said the homeowner grabbed his gun and shot all four of the suspects.

We’re told one suspect died at the scene. Two others died at a hospital. The fourth suspect was taken to the hospital and went into surgery.

The homeowner was reportedly not injured.

Houston police say the homeowner claimed self-defense. As of Saturday afternoon, he was still being questioned by authorities.

Evidence markers littered the area outside of the home, showing dozens of rounds were fired.

A group of tearful women showed up Saturday morning down the block from where the shooting occurred. They said they are related to the men who were shot and asked for privacy.

A neighbor who lives nearby said he was on his porch with his baby when two men showed up with large rifles.
The neighbor says he ran inside his home and took cover. He said he believes the men were at the home to rob his neighbor, however he says he does not know what they were after. He said he doesn’t know his neighbor’s name and only calls him “Flaco.”


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Snowstorm doesn’t deter Chiraq thugs: 11 shot, 3 dead since start of MLK weekend

Chicago is having a big snowstorm – hundreds of flights are cancelled and the temperature is below freezing. But since when has that stopped the criminals from not following Chiraq’s strict gun control laws…

From MyFoxChicago: Gun violence in Chicago has left at least three people dead and eight others wounded since the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend began Friday evening amid a blistery winter storm.

A woman was discovered with a fatal gunshot wound Saturday morning in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side, according to Chicago police. At 1:35 a.m., officers found her lying inside an apartment hallway in the 3900 block of West Roscoe. She had a bullet in her head and was pronounced dead on scene. Witnesses heard the woman, whose age was unknown, arguing with someone before gunshots rang out, police said.

That same hour, two people were shot, one fatally, in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side, police said. At 1:05 a.m., a 22-year-old man driving with a 19-year-old female passenger was stopped at a red light in the 2100 block of South Rockwell. Someone in a dark sedan pulled up and unleashed gunfire at the two.

The woman was struck multiple times in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The man was shot in the left arm and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t confirmed the death.

The weekend’s third murder was uncovered early Saturday in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. At 12:02 a.m., officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 1800 block of West 87th Street found 39-year-old Terrance E. Ross lying in an alley, according to Chicago police and the medical examiner’s office. He had a bullet in his head. Ross was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:18 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

In other weekend shootings, gunfire wounded four people at once Saturday morning in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

At 2:01 a.m., three women and one man were “involved in a fight on the street” in the 4400 block of West Madison when gunshots rang out, police said. It was unclear who the shooter was. The three women — ages 26, 28 and 35 — were all shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital, police said. The man, 44, was grazed in the right thigh and walked into West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park.

Two shootings reported Friday evening both involved men fighting off would-be robbers, one on the North Side and one on the West Side.

One man was shot while attempting to fend off an attempted robber in the West Rogers Park neighborhood. The 30-year-old was on the street when someone walked up to him with a gun and demanded his possessions at 6:08 p.m. in the 6400 block of North Campbell Avenue, police said. He tried to grab the gun from the person, who fired three shots into his leg before fleeing into an alley.

A similar situation unfolded about thirty minutes earlier in the West Side Austin neighborhood. A 48-year-old was approached by another male who showed a gun and announced a robbery about 5:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Parkside Avenue, police said. The man knocked the gun out of the attempted robber’s hand, but it discharged when it hit the ground, striking him in the foot.

The holiday weekend began at 5 p.m. Friday concludes at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Last weekend, at least 11 people in Chicago were shot, three fatally.


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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Areas see 31% increase in crime in 2018

It doesn’t take a genius to guess the main culprit for the increase in crime in Seattle. As I’ve noted many times on this blog, the homeless are not held responsible for their criminal activities throughout the city. Read about the many crimes committed by the homeless here.

The Seattle Police are also slow to respond (if they even respond at all) to crimes. reports that certain areas of Seattle (SoDo and Georgetown) have reported a 31% increase in crime compared to a 1% increase citywide. The crimes include property damage, commercial burglaries, thefts, and motor-vehicle thefts, including 510 cars broken into.

Excerpts from the report:

“According to business owners, the area is developing a sense of lawlessness with garbage piles, graffiti, drug abuse, broken-down RVs, prostitution, and numerous incidents of theft and property damage. It’s impacted the feelings of safety among business owners and customers, as well as those living in RVs, themselves the target of many of the crimes.

“I feel sorry for the people down there who have businesses,” Curley said. “It must be an awful thing to have to deal with that every day.”

In response, police have dedicated a squad from 3 a.m. to noon in the area when most of the crime is occurring, and have dispatched a Community Police Team to perform outreach to those living in RVs.”

Read the whole story here.


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Saturday funnies, the Nancy Pelosi grounded edition!


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How much does it cost for a 100-bed homeless shelter tent in Portland? Take a wild guess…

One big expensive tent/Photo from Harbor of Hope

Doesn’t matter as there are always taxpayer funds to cover the costs.

FYI: From the brief search I was able to do about this private developer, Homer Williams, it looks like he’s got a questionable history with his developments.

As reported by Oregon Live: Despite promises of a private-sector solution to homelessness, the city-county Joint Office of Homeless Services has agreed to pitch in at least $1 million to make sure a new shelter actually opens.

The 100-bed shelter, built inside a tent-like structure in Northwest Portland at the base of the Broadway Bridge, was billed as the business community’s answer to local government’s inability to get people off the street.

Developer Homer Williams announced the plan with a starting $1.5 million contribution from Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle. The project quickly began to run behind schedule and over budget.

The “navigation center” model of shelter is a new one for Portland. Williams and former Portland Development Commission director Don Mazziotti wanted to replicate what they saw in San Francisco and other cities that have used this model that combines traditional shelter space with intensive help from service providers to help the people who stay at the shelter get into permanent housing as quickly as possible. It will also have laundry facilities, showers and other amenities.

Through Harbor of Hope, Williams and Mazziotti’s nonprofit, project officials estimated that it would cost $3.5 million to get the shelter built and running for the first year. By December, they began to worry that the $3.5 million would only cover construction.

But warning signs showed up as early as last summer.

Harbor of Hope broke ground in April on land donated by Portland’s urban renewal agency, which will retain ownership. The city waived permit fees, as well.

The cost to clean up the lead, arsenic, fossil fuels and other contaminants on the site ended up higher than expected. Officials reported at the end of July that environmental cleanup was earmarked as $100,000 in the budget. But Harbor of Hope had already spent $600,000 on it.

Harbor of Hope leaders also found that construction costs were going to be more expensive than predicted. By the time the original $3.5 million was raised, the project cost had doubled.

While the mayor’s office had said the city had no plans to finance a shelter that wasn’t feasible, city and county officials have wanted more shelter beds in the Old Town Chinatown area for years. They first saw an empty warehouse on Hoyt Street as an option, but that location would have taken up to $10 million to make usable.

So while Williams and others vowed that Harbor of Hope would not require any taxpayer money, officials saw this shelter as a cheaper option than building or renovating their own.

The Joint Office of Homeless Services agreed to contribute the first year’s operating budget, which will pay for staff, programming and day-to-day needs at the shelter.

“Our elected leaders and service providers don’t get enough credit for their success in adding hundreds of shelter beds across our community,” Williams said in a statement. “It’s difficult and expensive to find and invest in good sites, close to the right services.”

Williams has pitched other ideas in the past that have largely gone nowhere. He gained some traction under former Mayor Charlie Hales with an idea to turn marine Terminal 1 into a homeless shelter campus but lost city council support when it came to who would run the shelter.

He has also proposed a land trade to build workforce housing in industrial-zoned areas and asked Multnomah County to continue to pay the upkeep costs of Wapato Jail instead of selling it immediately so that Harbor of Hope could evaluate whether the nonprofit could make an offer on the building.

But on Harbor of Hope’s 2017 tax forms, the organization was nearly $110,000 in the red, due to a more than $100,000 loan that covered expenses while Williams and others raised little more than $8,000. The year before Harbor of Hope reported nearly $130,000 raised — most of it gone by the end of the year due to travel, salary for Mazziotti and payments to contractors.

Read the whole story here.


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NY district judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census due to not following proper administrative procedure

Judge Furman

Take a wild guess as to who appointed the judge who made this decision…

From Seattle Times: A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending that officials ramrodded the question through for Republican political purposes to intentionally undercount immigrants.

In a 277-page decision that won’t be the final word on the issue, Judge Jesse M. Furman ruled that while such a question would be constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had added it arbitrarily and not followed proper administrative procedures.

“He failed to consider several important aspects of the problem; alternately ignored, cherry-picked, or badly misconstrued the evidence in the record before him; acted irrationally both in light of that evidence and his own stated decisional criteria; and failed to justify significant departures from past policies and practices,” Furman wrote.

Ross’ explanations for his decision were “unsupported by, or even counter to, the evidence before the agency,” the judge said.

Among other things, the judge said, Ross didn’t follow a law requiring that he give Congress three years notice of any plan to add a question about citizenship to the census.

The ruling came in cases in which 18 states, the District of Columbia, and 15 big cities or counties, and immigrants’ rights groups argued that the Commerce Department, which designs the census, had failed to properly analyze the effect the question would have on households where immigrants live.

A trial on a separate suit on the same issue, filed by the state of California, is underway in San Francisco. The U.S. Supreme Court is also poised to address the issue Feb. 19, meaning the legal issue is far from decided for good.
“We are disappointed and are still reviewing the ruling,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco said in a statement.

In the New York case, the plaintiffs accused the administration of Republican President Donald Trump of adding the question to intentionally discourage immigrants from participating, which could lead to a population undercount — and possibly fewer seats in Congress — in places that tend to vote Democratic.

Even people in the U.S. legally, they said, might dodge the census questionnaire out of fears they could be targeted by a hostile administration.

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How progressive: Striking LA teachers turn to social media to shame substitutes

From NY Post: Some striking Los Angeles teachers are trying to teach picket-line crossers a lesson — by posting their names on social media.

“These subs crossed our picket line,” Deanna Cambell posted on Twitter Monday — with a list of substitutes working to keep the second-largest school system in the nation open.

Only a third of the students showed up for classes Monday, the first day of the strike, costing the district $25 million in state funding based on attendance, according to The Los Angeles Times. After subtracting $10 million in unpaid wages for the strikers, the district lost $15 million.

The students who did go to school were taught by a skeletal staff that struggled to keep them engaged.

“It’s clearly having a big impact,” Los Angeles schools Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “We need our educators back in our classrooms inspiring students.”

Meanwhile, some students joined the United Teachers Los Angeles union and its 31,000 members on the picket line with their parents. “My parents support me,” high school sophomore Rea Angeli told the Times, adding she plans to be out on the picket line until Wednesday. “Teachers do a lot for us.”

“After the strike, it’s better not to go back to school,” the 15-year-old said. “You’re crossing the picket line. It’s not helping the teachers. If you can [avoid going to] to school, it’s a little action. It helps them a lot, so why not do it?”

The Teamsters Local 399 union urged production companies filming at school location to stand with them too. “Teamsters don’t cross picket lines!” the union said, according to Deadline. “If you are filming on a location at a school that has an active picket line you do not have to cross. We urge members to stand in solidarity with educators by honoring their picket lines.”

Educators are demanding better pay, smaller class sizes and more support staff in the union’s first strike in the City of Angels in 30 years.


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