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Posted by xaviervir on August 12, 2010


The city of San Pablo is conducting a phone survey.  They’re trying to get an idea of how many residents would vote for a sales tax increase of 1/2%.  This sales tax increase would last 10 or 15 years with the money going to the general fund or police enforcement /road improvements. The survey has a number of questions and takes about a half hour to complete.  The survey also mentions the group ‘San Pablo Community Alliance’.  They want to know if our group could influence your vote.  The survey also mentions revisiting the ‘Eminent Domain’ question.  So, if you get a call, please take the time to answer their questions.  It turns out that the ‘Eminent Domain’ struggle may not be over.



  1. While we live in southern Orange County let me caution on supporting any tax increase. We should also tighten our belts as necessary and not spend more that we take in as general fund revenues.
    Beyond that I was a co-author opposing a temporary tax in Orange County called Measure M. The original tax was due to expire so we created a TEMPORARY 30 year extension. Once approved it is virtually impossible to remove a tax.

    A tax increase puts more pressure on the reisdnet shw in many cases are struggling in this extended economic disaster.
    Just my thoughts. Thanks for listening.
    Larry Gilbet, Orange County Co-Director Californians United for Redevelopment Education.

    • Sorry for the typo’s.
      Larry Gilbert

      • shelby said

        Larry: Thanks for input. There is no reason for tax increase here. There is over $10M in RDA fund. RDA (city manager) took prime property by eminent domain and is now selling part to county for $3.2M and he’s borrowing another $3M. In the meantime there are no programs to train people for higher income. This city has lowest income in Contra Costa County, has high foreclosure rate (google:Realtytrac San Pablo), and unemployment at 22%….or higher.
        The city manager (past and present)appears to hire from only outside the city.i.e. people who do not live here, do not pay taxes here, and will not live with the results of their decisions. What to do? We need technical help, for instance, someone to go over budget and related documents. I emailed a Norby aid and got no response. Very disappointing. Your thoughts?

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