On October 31st, the LA City Council discussed options for raising new revenue to address the city’s ongoing budget deficit. Despite years of budget cuts to city services, next year’s…Continue Reading
November Elections: What's at Stake for Local Revenue?
With so much collective attention on the Presidential race and the long list of 11 statewide propositions on next month’s ballot, it’s easy to overlook the many local measures also…Continue Reading
How Do LA Voters Feel About Taxes?
On August 21st, the Los Angeles City Council convened a Revenue Day to discuss ways to generate, enhance or improve collection of city revenue. The city’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)…Continue Reading
Why Do Cities Go Bankrupt?
In recent months, there have been many stories in the news about California cities facing the threat of bankruptcy. What’s going on? Is Los Angeles in any danger of joining…Continue Reading
LA’s Budget Falls Short
July 1st marks the beginning of a new fiscal year in the City of LA. With next year’s budget approved and the threat of layoffs averted, at least for now, the…Continue Reading
Twenty Years Later: Reflections on the Civil Unrest
The twentieth anniversary of the civil unrest has prompted thought and reflection on our city, our neighborhoods and our home. There’s been a lot written about what’s changed since April…Continue Reading
Do Tax Cuts Create Jobs?
As the economy struggles to recover, a local debate is brewing: do tax cuts create jobs? If so, how many, and at what cost? Two recent studies commissioned by the…Continue Reading