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January 11, 2012 The Julian News 13 California Commentary The Year of the by Jon Coupal For the Chinese, 2012 is Let's see if we have this right If the Year of the Dragon. ForBerggruen gets hisway, ordinary beleaguered California taxpayers Californians will pay more every this may be the Year of thetime they get a haircut, take Billionaire. a jacket to the drycleaners, Of the half dozen or so potential November ballot measures designed to raise taxes, nearly half are actively sponsored by billionaires. While other tax proposals are being backed by extremely well-healed special interests, they will be the subject of a future column. Here is where the ultra-rich call a plumber or even hire a clown or magician to entertain at their child's birthday party, while billionaires like Berggruen will get a tax break. Sound too zany to pass? Well, it is still a potent threat because it has the support of a handful of other billionaires as well as two failed former governors, Davis and co. s PoP ROOAO,M,o OCA'IONOOO III www.julian- real estate, co m This Cuyamaca Lake view custom home in on 4+ acres 3 br, 2ha, 3 car garage, individuals are puttingtheirSchwarzenegger, and formerguest suite," 1330 sf bonus room and many Mountain Home with views to the ocean Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, money Wyno]a Esta'tes: "All level, beautifully $:LA|75,()0C access. Offered at $375,000 m I -- ...... , !, I 3 bath, den, 2 car garage o 6 89 a Panoramic View Home on 8.41 acres, ...... i accessible'3 Bdrm/2 Bath on 1.36 acres in lovely Pine z master SUl1:es, one nano cap 2 garages, 2,756 sq.ft. 6 bdrm/3 bath, .......... ' Hills Detached office/art studio Garage, remodeled acure rores[ p us orcnara ann norse .. ".. ._ ...... "... _ property Hana cappea Access Dle. "* Keawooa UeCKS. REDUCED TO $499,000 .......... " Great Locale, ample parking, easy access, , q .... Woods Well92 m Panoramic Vlews firep aces and 2 covered pat os 37 Acres and a 700 square foot rental cabin. - gP 111 28 F, rst rate619-417-481.m,i 76o-445-1829t, n Tom" Steyer, a billionaire all three of whom_ presided over 13LpOoV neldV 3 Bed/2 1/2/Bath home in beautiful E custom features __ " wnGrecat irfamily home with privacy and easy[I investmentshedge fund inmanagerrenewablewithenergy,majr statePeridSspending.f lavish, irresponsible landscaped 2.7 acres. " ~ /Now Offered at $364,500 is promoting a $1.1 billion tax So why would extremely rich on out of state businesses with people be trying to increase operations in California to fund the tax burden on average renewable energy projects. His Californians? Well, it may be initiative would make California as simple as some of them are an even more hostile place for genuinely interested in using ,=:' businesses to operate, likely other people's money to help kill jobs and raise consumer what they inbelieve are good 4 Wrl nn octo us prices, while diverting taxpayer causes, while, for others, it's just money to corporate welfare for good old fashioned greed--the /$559,000 tycoons such as himself. In 2010, measures they support will help Truly custom in Julian Estates, 3 bedroom, Illrlllnl , Californians voters rejected the themselves, n cres "lW' 'lvvv same tax increase on out of state Whatever their motivations, businesses by a 58% to 42% one is reminded of the 1992 margin debate between then President Molly Munger wants to George H.W. Bush and candidate increase income taxes on Bill Clinton during which the everyone to raise $10 billion president was asked the cost of annually. Munger is the daughter a gallon of milk. He could not of billionaire Charles Munger, answer. a partner of Warren Buffett at Chances are that if these Berkshire Hathaway and is a Los affluent tax backers were asked Angeles civil rights lawyer. She the price of a gallon of milk or has been credited for devoting of gasoline, they too could not some of her considerable fortune answer or, if they could, they to support early childhood would not consider the cost of education, but she now seems consequence. These are folks intent on compelling everyone who do not share the concerns else to support the cause she has of California working families and selected. Regardless of her good refuse to see how much more wellon property, 2 well maintained buildings Customized 2006 Solar Home in Cuayamaca 896 sq. ft. Upgraded 2br/lba cabin with 2 III intentions, forcing taxpayers to difficult the lives of average folks Year-Round Creek cough up another $10 billion will become if they are successful $6971000 REDUCED TO $307,500 , ocl .nn I will be a substantial additional in passing their tax increase gusiness $old separately Mm- TA "'-""''"" II burden in a state that already proposals. -= ranks third highest in income tax And how's this for a lectricl Panoramic Views $175K 3/2.5 rates, coincidence? In the Chinese For shear wackiness, there is horoscope the Dragon is said Iv ~~-readyto go! - $30,000 3/5a ,1 &electric. $:L09K IIii the proposal of the Think Longto believe rules and regulations I 3/8 acre~P rc et st, Septic Layout & Surveyed. Panoramic views Electric Nearby REDUCED TO 8160K and IIIIll Committee funded by Nicolas are made for other people. What[ ~Jblnf:ewnl;" Completed Perc Test, Survey and Septic Layout. REDUCED to $:L75K |11111 Berggruen who is often called"the we have with these tax increaseBoth lots at a discounted rate of $320K homeless billionaire" because he efforts is billionaires trying to lives in hotels and does not own makejon thecoupalrules fOrls thepresldentrest of US.of Kaaren Terry Janet Gastil Carte St. Andre Shepgll StpickJ John "Merlei Cassell I1! a. home. The proposal., would the Howard Jarvis" Taxpayers" cell cell cell 619-922-9687 cell 76o-6o4-22 cell y6o-315-631411 raise taxes $10 bdhon on all Association -- California's largest Cahfornlans by charging sales grass-roots taxpayer organization ... taxes on services, after reducing dedicated to the protection of I A. Weekly SUDOKU income taxes on the wealthy. Proposition 13 and the advancement The Gardener's Hollow Leg is a I (L I I "----- Answer of taxpayers' rights, handy recycled polyester sack with j Ik ~~T~m"r"~ ~ ~ -~ -~ ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' 9 S 6 8 I. g 8L t' ' D.~'5