Measures Q and H; Luxury Tax and Struggles at the Food Bank
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We look at the LA School District's biggest bond measure ever and at what the voters are being asked to decide in affluent Beverly Hills. Also, a proposed luxury tax, and several designers have figured how to make art out of 30,000 cans of food, which will disappear in two days at the LA Regional Food Bank.
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Proposed 'Luxury Tax' on Houses over 5000 Square Feet ()
The Los Angeles City Council is thinking about next year's budget shortfalls from the slumping economy. One councilman already has a proposal for the municipal election, next March. Richard Alarcón has proposed a "luxury tax" on houses larger than 5000 square feet.
LA's Measure H; Beverly Hills' Measure Q ()
Since 1997, the Los Angeles Unified School District has raised $20 billion, $14 billion from four bond measures and the rest from matching funds. That money is for building new schools and re-building old ones, and there's still $6 billion left. But now, LAUSD has come up with Measure Q, yet another bond issue to raise $7 billion more, as Howard Fine reports for the LA Business Journal.
Meantime, in affluent Beverly Hills, the burning issue is a referendum on the City Council's decision to allow the Beverly Hilton Hotel to remake itself into something resembling New York's Waldorf-Astoria, along with two luxury condo towers 16 and 18 stories high. The Beverly Hilton is at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards. Martha Groves covers the lifestyles of Beverly Hills residents, rich, famous and otherwise.
Art and Hunger: Los Angeles Food Bank in Need ()
Food prices have been rising for months, but at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, donations have been declining. To draw attention to the needs of hungry people, several designers were asked to make art out of 30,000 food cans. Michael Flood is president of the Regional Food Bank,
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