New Prop. 19 property tax measure can prevent cash – Orange County Register

Most California homeowners have likely heard of Proposition 19, the new property tax law that allows senior citizens and disabled homeowners to keep their current property tax rate when they sell their home and buy a new one. But they may not know how to apply this new law when moving to a new home.

It is the largest expansion of the state’s property tax breaks in decades that basically allows qualified homeowners to take their Prop. 13 tax base with them anywhere in the state, regardless of the price of their new home.

According to sentence 13, tax increases are limited to 2% per year, ie the longer you own your own home, the lower your property taxes are in relation to the market value of your residence. But for most homeowners, if they sell their old home and see their new tax rise to the full market value of their new home, they lose their Prop. 13 tax break.

Voters approved Prop. 19 in November, and the law came into effect on April 1st.

If you are 55 years of age or older, someone with a severe disability, or a victim of a forest fire or natural disaster, you can move to any home in the state regardless of the price of the home. Your tax will remain unchanged until the value of your old home. If your new home costs more than your old one, you will pay an additional amount based on the market value of your old home.

With this big seller, a smaller home doesn’t necessarily mean it’s less expensive.

As a real estate agent, I have worked with clients who were concerned about property tax increases if they downsize their family home, sold it to size, moved to another part of the state, or moved closer to family or healthcare facilities.

If you’re used to low property taxes, it can be a shock to your monthly expenses if buying a replacement home includes a huge hike in property tax – especially if you’ve lived in your current home for many years.

Some older homeowners feel trapped because they cannot leave their current home even if it no longer meets their needs, because they have a steady income and cannot afford to move.

Taking advantage of Prop. 19 can be daunting. But over time, more and more tax auditors are providing links to forms and resources online to help homeowners understand how this new law can benefit them.

Here are some of them:

Also, seek help from a qualified tax professional or attorney.

Not all counties are created equal, and with each new law many questions arise about how the law applies to each person’s situation.

Moving into a home after your children move out shouldn’t mean a huge new property tax bill. Do your research so that you can use your money for your future instead of paying more property taxes.

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is a RealtyOne Group West real estate agent and a board member of the California Association of Realtors. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or leslie@leslieeskildsen.com.

Santa Ana will spend federal pandemic cash on a number of fronts, together with a memorial for COVID-19 victims – Orange County Register

Santa Ana is spending $ 80 million on the first phase of a major pandemic recovery plan that could boost the city’s economy by distributing federal funds to residents, businesses, and nonprofits and launching several long-term projects, such as new open spaces , expanded public libraries, and Orange County’s first memorial to people who have died of COVID-19.

The plan, which was approved late Tuesday, called Revive Santa Ana, would send food vouchers to people living in the hardest hit neighborhoods, create new programs for young children, and upgrade some community centers. In addition, the city is planning new recreational opportunities, including a winter ice rink near the Civic Center that will serve as a roller skating rink in the warmer months.

And in what is possibly the most comprehensive pandemic relief plan unveiled in Orange County to date, Santa Ana will also look into setting up its own Department of Health.

These are just a few of the items funded primarily from the first part of $ 128 million that the city received under the U.S. bailout bill, approved by Congress earlier this year. The second half comes next year. Other funding – approximately $ 32.1 million – comes from federal housing and rental grants.

The city administration described their plan as a unique opportunity.

“We are all very blessed. Other municipalities do not have the opportunity to do so, ”said Mayor Vicente Sarmiento. “And we deliver it to the families who need it most.”

Many details still have to be ironed out. For example, the council has allocated $ 4 million to help some residents with local stimulus checks but has not yet decided which census area is eligible. Likewise, the city has not set the amount for the “basic income” checks.

How created that Spending plan breaks down into five categories:

• $ 5.4 million under a bucket called “Recovery from the pandemic“That includes $ 2 million for digital signs in parks, information kiosks, and a translation subscription service, $ 1 million for community mental health services, and $ 200,000 for a feasibility study to investigate the pros and cons of setting up a Santa Ana Health Department, which could help the city rely less on the Orange County Health Care Agency.

• $ 26.8 million in direct assistance programs. That includes $ 14 million in case of emergency Rental assistance – which lasted during the Santa Ana pandemic – and $ 3 million to help troubled small businesses and nonprofits. (Some of the money in this category comes from other sources.)

• $ 16.35 million for health and safety. This includes $ 7.8 million for the expansion of open spaces and parks, $ 3 million for a pedestrian protection project on First Street and Grand Avenue, and $ 1 million for a central farmers market and new community gardens.

• $ 21.25 million for critical infrastructure. This includes $ 7 million for “Central Library Remodeling Including Focus on Early Childhood Education Activities”; $ 3.5 million to investigate and address broadband deficiencies in the city and $ 1.5 million to modernize six community centers: Corbin, Logan, El Salvador, Sandpointe, Santa Anita and Delhi.

• $ 10.18 million to support the city’s public finances. Most of the money in this category – nearly $ 9 million – would go into the city’s reserve to offset hotel and business tax revenues lost during the pandemic

The rescue plan funds are intended to support measures to respond to COVID-19, replace lost revenue, support economic stabilization of households and businesses, and “address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic “, So a. Employees report.

The funds give local governments “significant flexibility” to meet local needs, including “support for households, small businesses, affected industries, key workers and the communities hardest hit by the pandemic. These funds can be used, among other things, to make necessary investments in the water, sewer and broadband infrastructure, ”says an employee report from the city.

Santa Ana spokesman Paul Eakins said the planned spending was in line with guidelines for the funds. City officials, he said, are taking a comprehensive approach to improving the community’s health needs by looking at the bigger picture of Santa Ana, one of the densest cities in the country and also hardest hit by the ongoing pandemic.

“The idea behind many of these is that they address health and economic needs,” Eakins said, referring to the variety of elements in the plan. “It’s not just about responding to the pandemic in a reactionary manner. It addresses the more general issues raised and made clear during the pandemic, such as lack of access to green spaces, health care and internet, or being able to stay safe at night in a neighborhood – many issues that ultimately affect people’s health and makes them more prone to things like a pandemic.

“There’s the economic part too,” added Eakins. “Anything we can do to make companies easier to do business and more accessible to the public will have economic benefits.”

Councilor Phil Bacerra said Wednesday that the priorities defined by Revive Santa Ana are linked to COVID-19. Santa Ana has few parks, so “any opportunity to add parking space or improve the parking space we have is absolutely related to Covid,” he said. And improvements in broadband, Bacerra added, will be highlighted in the new plan after learning during the pandemic that the city “did not have adequate infrastructure to help our children (with online learning)”.

Meanwhile, Santa Ana appears to be the first in Orange County to provide money – $ 200,000 – for a kind of memorial to honor those who died of the virus.

“Over 800 residents in Santa Ana lost their lives to COVID-19. And that number has increased in the last few weeks, ”said Councilor David Penaloza.

“I know seven personally, whether they are close relatives or friends of my family, who have died of COVID-19.

“Because Santa Ana was hit so hard, it warrants a memorial,” added Penaloza. “We need something that gives families a place to mourn and remember loved ones. You deserve it.”

Orange Is the New Black’s Taryn Manning engaged to Anne Cline | Leisure

Taryn Manning is engaged to Cline Street singer Anne Cline.

The Orange Is the New Black star’s friend asked the question during one of her performances at a restaurant / bar in Panama City, Florida.

TMZ received recordings of the suggestion where the 27-year-old musician paused her concert to run to the 42-year-old actress to ask for her hand.

The couple then hugged and the audience cheered when Taryn replied, “Yes!”

A representative of the ‘Last Call’ star confirmed the couple’s happy news to the news agency.

They said, “It was the easiest YES I’ve ever said!”

Though the couple in love kept their romance out of the spotlight, they were spotted out on a dog walk together in March.

Meanwhile, Taryn has previously spoken out about her estrangement from her family and her desire to be reconciled with them.

In 2017 she said, “I lost my mother, not to death. The hardest part is that my mother is still alive, but we are estranged. It is really sad to see how a beautiful relationship crumbles over bs

“I’m really hopeful that things will come to an end that went on. I’ve lost a lot in my life.

“It’s one of my greatest things to make up with my family and make them understand my side.”

The screen star added that if you can’t love yourself, it’s impossible to love someone else.

She said, “And that’s number one, clichéd as it sounds. It’s the cliché, kind of nerdy thing. ‘You cannot love anyone until you love yourself.’ But it’s true, you really can’t.

“Forgiveness is another form of letting go. I think to let someone go and be really serious, it’s a boomerang and they are coming back.

“Because true love always comes back. And family love should come back. “

Earmarks are again, bringing cash and old-school politics to Orange County – Orange County Register

Projects that tackle homelessness, traffic congestion, fire safety and a range of other issues in Orange County could get up to $107 million in federal funding this year as local House members take part in a revived version of the controversial Congressional program known as earmarks.

The once traditional spending routine — in which Congress members seek money for specific projects, almost always in their districts — had been shelved for a decade in the wake of bipartisan complaints about fairness and abuse. But the process has been revived this year by House Democrats who argue that, with new safeguards in place, it will be particularly helpful for projects that have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

And it turns out earmarks are pretty popular. Three quarters of all House members, including more than half of all Republicans, have requested funds for projects in their districts through what the Appropriations Committee has re-branded as the “community project funding” program.

Democratic Rep. Lou Correa of CA-46, for example, is seeking money to expand a Tustin veterans center and to improve parks in Anaheim, Orange and Garden Grove. And GOP Rep. Young Kim of CA-39 wants money to bolster firefighting efforts in Yorba Linda and to help the county build a new mental health facility.

Similar requests are common in most of the rest of the county — with some key exceptions. People living in much of coastal and eastern Orange County won’t get any of those federal funds, at least not through earmarks. Their representatives in the House, GOP Rep. Michelle Steel in CA-48 and Democratic Rep. Katie Porter of CA-45, are refusing to submit earmark requests over similar philosophical objections.

Porter is the only Democrat in the country who isn’t using the program. She argues the executive branch should make independent decisions about how to dole out funds, saying the national interest should outweigh the interest of any individual House member.

“Congress members should not be the ones directing funds to specific projects,” said Porter’s spokesman Jordan Wong. “That is the job of the executive branch, according to our system of separation of powers.”

Steel was among 101 out of 211 Republicans who didn’t request earmarks for projects in her district. Her spokeswoman Danielle Stewart said Steel is “working hard to help the community through the normal funding process,” which includes other appropriations requests, one-on-one meetings with appropriations leaders, and trying to get local money, rather than federal funding, for local projects.

Supporters will say Porter and Steel — who usually are on opposite ends of the political spectrum in terms of how they vote in Congress — are standing by principle even if it costs them political capital. Pork, after all, is a time-honored path to getting re-elected.

Detractors will say both representatives — Porter, in theory, for idealism, and Steel, in theory, for party loyalty — are putting personal ideology ahead of helping their constituents get federal dollars.

It remains to be seen if their stances will help or hurt them them in the 2022 elections, when both representatives are expected to seek re-election in targeted, purple districts.

Meanwhile, their House colleagues who did request earmark funding should start to find out incoming weeks which projects will get money. And with three quarters of House asking for funding, some experts hope the revived process might bring more bipartisan support to this year’s federal budget, since it’s tough for Republicans — the party that has threatened to kill appropriations bills in recent years — to vote against money for their pet projects.

“I don’t think this is going to be a silver bullet,” said Laura Blessing, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute who studies budgetary politics.

“But earmarks grease the wheels in a way that helps make us less gridlocked.”

How earmarks work

In the federal government’s regular spending process, Congress allocates money to a broad category of spending, such as highway repairs. Then the relevant executive branch agency, such as the Highway Trust Fund, allocates funding to specific projects, usually after ranking each project based on the greatest need.

In the earmarks process, individual members of Congress can bypass the federal rankings and evaluations and simply ask for a specific amount of money for a specific local project.

Earmarks aren’t new. The appropriations bill of 1789, signed by then President George Washington, included funds earmarked for a light house in Cape Henry, Virginia.

For the next two-plus centuries Congress members of all political stripes used earmarks, typically behind closed doors and mostly to fund projects that might struggle to get recognized in the regular spending process. Critics occasionally pushed back, but support for earmarks generally remained high. Voters got local projects (and, often, local jobs), and their Congress members got credit for making it happen. 

Then, in the 1990s into the early 2000s, this so-called pork barrel type of spending increased (though Blessing notes it always remained less than 1% of the $1.4 trillion in annual discretionary spending). In 2005, there were two high-profile earmark fails — the so-called “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska and an admission by San Diego area Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham that he’d accepted at least $2.4 million in bribes in exchange for using earmarks to benefit defense contractors.

In 2007, Congress introduced reforms that required members to disclose what projects they were seeking to fund and state that neither they nor their spouses had financial ties to the project. But opposition to the process continued to build, and with Tea Party Republicans and President Barack Obama leading the charge, earmark appropriations were banned in 2011.

Even with new safeguards aimed at curbing abuse, Lee Ohanian, an economics professor at UCLA, said there are objections to taxpayers around the country paying for a local project that might benefit a very small number of people. He cited a $5,000 earmark request by Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., to fund a “Secret Santa for Seniors” program as an example.

“It’s hard to support it from an economic perspective,” Ohanian said. With exceptions for very poor communities, where federal funding can have a high return on investment for everyone, he added that it makes economic sense for local communities to fund local projects. “We shouldn’t be asking others to pay for them.”

For several years, President Donald Trump (who pardoned Cunningham) and Congress members from both parties pushed to revive earmarks, but their efforts fizzled.

Then, in February, House Democrats announced they were officially resurrecting the process, though only with restrictions. Under the new rules lawmakers can make no more than 10 funding requests per year, money can’t go to for-profit companies or organizations, and House members have to submit evidence that there is community support for the project they’d like to fund. Also, the House can conduct random audits of expenses related to any project.

House members had until April 30 to submit requests, with some extensions possible. As of late May, 327 of 430 House members had requested earmark funds.

In June, those requests will go to the appropriate subcommittee or committee for review before being included in an appropriations bill, which will come back to Congress for a vote. If it passes, that bill would go to President Joe Biden for final approval.

Blessing and others say it’s no coincidence that Congress hasn’t approved appropriations bills since earmarks went away 10 years ago. Without earmarks, she said, there are few incentives for lawmakers to cross the aisle to get support for projects that can have real impacts in their communities.

Blessing hopes the revival of earmarks might dial down the rhetoric both during the budget process and in the coming election campaign.

“I don’t want the contest to be who can oppose the other party more and say the nastiest things about them,” she said. “I would much rather have a match-up where they can say, ‘I actually got some bills passed this Congress and I got you a bridge. Isn’t that nice?’”

Wish lists

When it comes to bragging rights for bringing home federal dollars, Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, is seeking the largest possible haul among Orange County representatives, with more than $45 million in earmark requests.

A whopping $30 million is for one request: to help the Army Corps of Engineers replenish sand along beaches in Encinitas and Solana Beach. A majority of Levin’s requests are for projects in the north San Diego County portion of his narrowly blue 49th District, including adding cameras to Oceanside Police Department vehicles, building a new homeless center in Oceanside and building a hydrogen fueling station to power electric city buses. Levin also requested $1.87 million to add bike lanes, landscaping and sidewalks, and improve improve roadways, in Dana Point’s Doheny Village area.

Next up is Kim, who was among 110 Republicans who did request earmarks despite GOP caucus opposition.

Kim asked for nearly $23 million in earmarks for projects in CA-39, which leans narrowly blue and includes portions of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Her requests are spread throughout the district, including $5 million for an overpass over railroad tracks along Turnbull Canyon road in Hacienda Heights and City of Industry, creating more fire-defensible space around homes in Chino Hills, and funding the North Orange County Public Safety Task Force, which brings together police chiefs and community organizations from 10 cities to reduce gang violence and address homelessness.

Correa requested $16 million in earmarks for his solidly blue 46th District. Requests include $314,000 to help Children’s Hospital of Orange County expand mental health services, $1 million to help Chapman University expand mapping capabilities at its Earth Systems Science and Data Solutions Lab, and $2 million to help Discovery Cube Orange County buy land in Santa Ana for a planned festival space.

Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, asked for $12 million in earmarks for his deep blue 47th District, which straddles Orange and Los Angeles counties and includes Catalina Island. The largest request is $4.7 million for sand replenishment and seawall repair at beaches in Avalon on Catalina. Other requests focus on education, health care and veterans programs in south Los Angeles County, plus $850,000 to build a new “parkette” in Stanton.

Rep. Linda Sánchez, D-Whittier, submitted nearly $10 million in earmark requests largely to upgrade parks and other community facilities throughout the 38th District, which is also solidly blue and primarily in Los Angeles County but includes a sliver of Orange County. She also requested $2 million to add drought-tolerant landscaping on median islands throughout La Palma.

Many of the projects championed by local lawmakers align with causes close to their hearts. Levin’s wish list focuses largely on projects aimed at combating climate change, for example, while Lowenthal, a former professor, has a number of projects focused on education.

The goal, Blessing said, is for lawmakers to pitch projects they’ve vetted, that they believe will have a real impact on their communities, and that stand a realistic chance of getting built.

In practice, of course, representatives also always have an eye to reelection, Ohanian noted. But it was a bit tougher for them to target particular communities of voters with this round of earmarks because district boundaries will be redrawn before the next election.

So far, there hasn’t been much in the way of conservative blowback for earmark requests, likely because half of the Republican delegation — including several in targeted seats, such as Kim — are in that camp.

Steel and Kim’s opposite stances on this issue shows how the long-time friends who took office together in January as two of the first Korean American women in Congress continue to differentiate themselves, as Steel increasingly sides with the more conservative GOP faction while Kim continues brandishing her credentials as a moderate Republican.

While Porter may have left dollars for her district on the table, Ohanian said he doesn’t think her vocal objection to earmarks is likely to hurt her politically. The stance is in line with the brand she’s built, which is about continually pushing for fiscal oversight. She isn’t likely to attract a major Democratic challenger or to face a Republican challenger anxious to use this position against her. Plus, her opposition to earmark spending makes it harder for the GOP to continue to paint her as always standing with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

But Blessing said you never can tell how these issues will play out come election time.

“It’s a game, and the game isn’t played yet.”

Metropolis to reopen workplaces, outside bars, and dwell leisure beneath orange COVID-19 tier – The San Francisco Examiner

The San Francisco reopening is set to move forward next week with an expected shift to the state’s orange COVID-19 tier that will allow for the reopening of offices, outdoor bars, and live outdoor entertainment and festivals.

Earlier this month, San Francisco moved from the most restrictive purple tier in the state to the second most restrictive, allowing The City to reopen indoor dining.

The Ministry of Health said it plans to adhere to the state’s orange tier regulations as closely as possible, but will impose stricter restrictions.

“The reopening that we have planned for the orange stage is more than it has ever been since the beginning,” Mayor London Breed told Breed on Thursday. “So this is great news and I hope we can continue like this.”

The most notable changes allowed under the orange tier include the opening of offices, outdoor bars, and live entertainment and outdoor festivals, while many other allowances under the orange tier expand the capacity of already reopened businesses and activities.

The city allows outdoor art and music festivals with no seating for up to 50 people. Offices can be reopened for personal work, but only at 25% capacity, although health authorities continue to encourage workers to telework.

But Breed said reopening offices was an important step in revitalizing the inner city.

“We know it will take time, but our inner city is so important to the future of this city,” said Breed. “It supports our economy. It supports our small businesses and we will do everything we can to bring it back safely. “

Bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries can also be reopened for outdoor table service without food.

Restaurants will see relaxed restrictions.

Indoor dining can be expanded to 50% of the capacity and has tables for up to six people from up to three households. Currently, indoor dining only allows 25% capacity with just one household and up to four people per table.

Indoor dining can stay open until 11 p.m., one hour later than currently allowed.

There are no longer any restrictions on the number of households at one table for al fresco dining, but there can only be six people per table.

City officials said San Francisco could move to the least restrictive tier in the state in just three weeks. Breed urged businesses and customers to follow guidelines to keep The City on track and to keep opening more.

She also said The City is continuing to work on the guidelines that will allow people to participate in the Giants’ opening game at Oracle Park on April 9th. Under the orange tier, starting April 1, the state allows reopening of outdoor spectator sports and live entertainment for in-state audiences up to 33% capacity. “

“We know the Giants opening day is coming soon and we are definitely working on it,” said Breed.

There are currently four counties in the Orange Plain, including San Mateo County, which was the first county to move in the Bay Area this week.

There are an average of seven new COVID cases per day in San Francisco. During the pandemic’s worst spike, The City recorded a high seven-day average of 374 cases per day.

“The cases are still low,” said Dr. Susan Philip from the Department of Public Health. “We have to be careful, however, because when we open again, we come closer and closer to each other, more and more possibilities for transmission.”

She noted that more contagious variants of the virus remain a “wild card”.

The expected transition to the orange tier is as cases continue to decline and more people are getting the vaccine for COVID. City data shows that 35% of residents aged 16 and over, or 269,970 received at least one vaccine dose and 126,992 received a second dose.

Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses to be effective. Johnson & Johnson has started delivering a single vaccine, the Breed was recently vaccinated With. The data does not indicate how many received the J&J vaccine.

Eleven counties remain in the most restrictive purple level of the state, 42 in the red and one in the less restrictive yellow level. The state announces an update of the district’s status every Tuesday. San Francisco’s new guild lines would go into effect on Wednesday.

Check for updates again.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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