All posts filed under: Taxes and the budget

San Diegan Takes on Tax Loopholes for the Wealthy — San Diego Free Press

By Sam Pizzigati / Inequality.org Tax law professors don’t normally have much of a public profile. Victor Fleischer does. In fact, one business journalist has just tagged this ace analyst from the University of San Diego “the closest thing the tax world has to a rock star.” Most rock stars have big break-out hits. Fleischer’s… via San Diegan Takes on Tax Loopholes for the Wealthy — San Diego Free Press

Capital in the 21st Century with Thomas Piketty – Helen Edison Lecture Series

Income inequality is not just a catch phrase, it is the focus of noted economist Thomas Piketty’s groundbreaking bestseller, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” Detailing the origins and the implications of our growing economic disparities, the book has earned Piketty comparisons to Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx from The New York Times. Join the conversation between Piketty and Peter Gourevitch, founding dean of UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, on what rising income inequality means for society. Watch more great interviews at UCTV – University of California Television http://www.uctv.tv/ This interview is from the “Helen Edison Lecture Series” [11/2015] Listen or download the podcast here. You can also watch on Cox (135) Time Warner (1231) AT&T U-verse (99) or on channel 35. Follow UCSDTV on Twitter and Facebook.

Capitalism is failing, and it’s time to panic – Paul Mason

The neoliberalist capitalist model has resulted in civil wars and economic disaster, and it’s only going to get worse. Unless, Paul Mason argues, we take advantage of the technological revolution we are living through and create a postcapitalist sharing society. If we let prices fall and delink work from wages, we can save the world from disaster. Capitalism is dead – Paul Mason for Guardian Membership ► http://bit.ly/MasonMembership Postcapitalism: a guide to our future by Paul Mason is published by Allen Lane ► http://bit.ly/MasonBookCapitalism Read Paul Mason: the end of capitalism has begun ► http://bit.ly/MasonArticle

Notes from July Meeting – Short Term Rentals, WTF? – What’s the Future?

President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4:03 PM. Welcome and Introduction of Elected Officials and Candidates Susan welcomed and introduced guests including new members Deborah Currier, Justin DeCesare and Kaitelyn Hailey. She also welcomed candidates, including Rafael Castellanos, who is running for City Attorney. Rafael provided an overview of his candidacy and campaign. Program: Short Term Rentals, WTF? – What’s the Future? Susan welcomed and introduced the moderator, Omar Passons, attorney at Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz, a firm that concentrates on construction law and land use. She provided a brief overview of the focus of the panel on short-term rentals in our area. TOT maps reveal alarming growth of more than 400 Short Term Vacation Rentals (STVR) units in just three months in San Diego neighborhoods (2,315 units available on January 15, 2015 vs. 2,738 units available on April 30, 2015). Omar Passons @omarpassons reported that the San Diego municipal code does not currently define a short-term vacation rental and that ordinance and formal definitions would soon be introduced by City Council. …

Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Marty Block Visited OB Town Council

Speaker Atkins, Lt James Gartland, Jeff Hatfield, President San Diego Lifesaving Association & Senator Block (Photo: Susan Peinado) Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Marty Block took part in the protest against ALEC on Wednesday July 22, 2015 and that evening both appeared at the Ocean Beach Town Council (OBTC) meeting to speak and hand out certificates of appreciation to the recipients of the OBTC Community Awards. The town council meeting was masterfully chaired by club Secretary and OBTC President, Gretchen Newson (who was also at the ALEC protest earlier that day). Both politicians spoke to some of their recent legislative achievements, and neither appeared to want to leave first – could it be that they are gearing up for a competitive Senate District 39 race next year (as has been rumored)? Or will Speaker Atkins be persuaded to run for Mayor? As previously reported in the OB Rag and reprinted with permission: State Senator Marty Block Senator Block introduced himself as having worked at San Diego State University for 26 years, President of the San Diego Community College District Board of …

Protest ALEC in San Diego [Video]

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held its annual meeting in San Diego at the Grand Hyatt. Democrats, organized labor, community groups, and other allies rallied to make their voices heard. Funded by shadowy special interests, ALEC works to maximize corporate power and undermine democracy by providing “model legislation” for right-wing legislators. It seeks to block wage increases, disenfranchise voters, privatize schools and prisons, and deregulate firearms, to name just a few examples. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the event, sharing the stage with fringe Republicans like Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee. ALEC is not welcome in California! For an in-depth description of why this was a big deal, read Doug Porter’s column(s) The ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego: Who’s Coming and Why?