Cities, Counties Face Major Cuts from Car Tax Repeal

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In his first act as Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger cut the vehicle license fee by $4 billion and promised a retroactive repayment to automobile owners. He also promised that cities and counties whose budgets depend on the car tax would not lose out. But their next monthly payment is due tomorrow, and now it turns out that the money-s not there. For Los Angeles County, as much as one third of the budget could be at stake. We hear some grim predictions about the future of parks, libraries, cops and firefighters from the executive director of the League of California Cities and LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and get a response from the Governor's office.
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    Former Secretary of State Bill Jones, former US Treasurer Rosario Marin, former Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian, and former Small Business Administration official Toni Casey are all vying for the US Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer. The two-term Senate Democrat talks about her endorsements, her record and her rivals--none of whom, she says, have ever been elected to federal office.

LA County Health Department's information on flu

Governor Schwarzenegger rescinds increased vehicle license fee


League on lost revenues

Field Poll on voter support for Barbara Boxer

Boxer's campaign website

Casey's campaign webpage

Kaloogian's campaign webpage

Marin's campaign webpage



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton