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Can Los Angeles Help Save The State From Failing Grades

I’m a strong believer in the power of communities to change lives for the better, but much of what I’m witnessing today flies in the face of that belief. In Los Angeles our current situation is pathetic when it comes to the civic responsibility of allotting taxes for services that benefit society at large—something that’s more critical than ever given financial crises affecting people at every level.

Today’s dangerous anti-tax sentiment was presaged in California in 1978 by Proposition 13, which capped property taxes and precipitously reduced municipal revenue. Those who defend

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