THE MAYOR’S RACE
Prior to game three of the 1993 N.B.A. Finals, the Phoenix Suns coach made some defensive changes. The Chicago Bulls had won the first two games (in Phoenix), and things were looking desperate. The coach gave new defensive assignments to four of the starters, and then turned to Kevin Johnson and said "Oh, by the way Kevin, you'll be guarding Michael Jordan". Kevin responded well, as the Suns won the next game in double O.T.
DUES INCREASES – EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008
Due to significant increases in all of the League’s operating expenses, some dues will be increasing effective July 1, 2008. The new rates will be as follows:
At the end of last year the League moved to a larger, more appropriate office facility (less expensive per square foot, but a 31% increase in rent), plus assorted moving costs. Then, just two months ago, the League’s computer crashed, causing approximately $1000 in unanticipated expenses for replacement. In addition, the League has incurred several minor expense increases such as the upgraded newsletter 'Perspective', and a new graphic corporate image - letterhead, envelopes, business cards. However, it is felt that the combination of these changes will significantly increase the League’s ability to attract new members.
GOVERNMENT CAN PROVIDE VISION DURING TIGHT ECONOMIC TIMES
As you all know by now, the State Legislature has a deep budget hole to climb out of this year. However, because the silver lining of crisis is opportunity, the focus of this year's legislative session should be to find ways to move forward that do not cost a great deal of money, ways that were unable to gain traction in years prior because other, easier, options were on the table.
In reference to the proper balance of government and the private sector, Chinese government leader and the first socialist to allow free market practices, Deng Xiaoping once said: ''I do not care if it is a black or white cat, as long as it catches rats,'' in defense of his policies.
Sacramento Taxpayers Association
Date: May 22, 2008
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Enclosed is a check in the amount of $________ for my reservations.
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Reservations can be made by either calling the League Office at (916) 399-5600, or by mailing both form and check to the League Office at 1620 35th Avenue, Suite K, Sacramento, CA 95822.
LETTERS TO THE ASSOCIATION
We seek “Letters to the League” from Members concerning projects and issues on which we are working, along with recommendations on those we should look at. Letters may be edited and republished in any format, primarily in the interest of available space. Send letters, faxes, or e-mail to the Sacramento Taxpayers Association. Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org, our telephone number is 916 399-5600, and our address is:
1620 35th Ave. Suite K
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
The Associationis pleased to announce the 47th Annual Sacramento Taxpayers Association Dinner and Annual Meeting. The event this year will be held on Thursday evening, May 22, at the lovely Marriott Sacramento Hotel (Rancho Cordova). The address is 11211 Point East Drive, however the actual location is the northeast corner of the intersection of Folsom Blvd. and Sunrise Blvd. (it's the 11-story building at that site). This year the Keynote Speaker will be the well-known Senator Tom McClintock, who will share some insights with us as to why State expenses have continued to increase at a time when some revenues are decreasing. In addition, our own Jon Coupal will also share some insights regarding the value of, and the need for protection of, Proposition 13. It should be a fun evening as well as a good learning experience for all. Complete dinner information (cost, how to pay, etc.) are featured at the bottom. Thank you.
CHEERS - To the new Twin Rivers Unified School District Superintendent Frank Porter, for raising red flags regarding financial decisions made by the Grant Joint Union High School District that will carry over into the new district’s budget on July 1. Twin Rivers should be involved in all decisions involving financial programs that carry past June 30.
Hmmmm! Did any groundskeepers get offered Golden Parachutes?
JEERS - To the Grant Joint Union High School District – for betting on the 'come', that
HOUSING CRISIS – FINALLY, THE ‘ANSWER’
Recently read an educated opinion on what the government (at all levels) can do to be the most helpful it can with the so called housing/mortgage crisis. DO NOTHING, DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
NEXT MONTH – NO LUNCH MEETING
Because of the dinner meeting on May 22, there will be no lunch meeting at Zigatos Restaurant for the month of May. The next Taxpayers League monthly lunch meeting will be held on June 19, 12:05 p.m., at Zigatos Restaurant (at the corner of Auburn Blvd. and Fulton Avenue).
I attended a meeting last month regarding Cal Expo's long range plans, which included discussions about the potential for a new arena at that site. It was stated that Cal Expo needs a better revenue stream to cover existing expenses at its 350-acre site, which is extremely valuable property given its proximity to Arden Fair and the Central City.
At this point, the NBA is still doing exploratory work regarding the potential of an arena at the Cal Expo site.