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A tax too soon

first_imgTAX now; ask questions later. This could be the motto of the Los Angeles City Council. On Friday, the council directed the city attorney to draft the language for a $40-a-year parcel tax for gang programs on the February ballot. This, despite the plea from City Controller Laura Chick to wait until her audit of the city’s current anti-gang programs is completed and it becomes clear how much money – if any – is needed for new programs. Audit, schmaudit. The council doesn’t need an audit to know that the public wants something done about gangs, so it’ll be easy to sell the public a bill of goods. As Councilwoman Janice Hahn said, council members will figure out what to do with the $30 million a year after they get it. If the council wants more cash from the overtaxed citizens who already get a falling-down city for their contributions, the council members must do more than offer vague proposals. They need a plan. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And they won’t have one until the audit is finished, strategies are put forward and debated, and a commitment is made to end the era of tolerance for hoodlums – and for incompetents at City Hall.last_img

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