Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
an eBook, this is the controversial story of John Wooden's first 25
years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach.
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration
for the biggest win of my career when we ended UCLA's all-time 88-game
winning streak in 1974."
more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
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the players telling their stories in their own words. This is the book
that UCLA Athletic Director J.D. Morgan tried to ban.
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Los Angeles County Proposition R November 2008
by Tony Medley
Before you vote for LA County
Proposition R, read the following from Bill Leonard, Member of the
State Board of Equalization:
For decades, California had a uniform sales
tax rate so consumers would not be surprised by different levels of
taxation when crossing a county or city line. The Bradley-Burns
Uniform Local Tax Law is still on the books but it has been so
grossly violated, it is now pretty much meaningless.
Through special legislation, cities and counties can now fund
services through local voter-approved sales taxes. These are levied
both on a countywide basis and within many incorporated city
limits. Since the first local sales tax was approved by voters in
1970 for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, we now have close to
100 of these special tax jurisdictions statewide.
At first only county governments were authorized to levy the sales
tax, but in 1991, special legislation allowed the city of Calexico
to impose a city sales tax. Since then, an additional 22 cities,
through special legislation, also gained authorization to put sales
taxes on the ballot. In 2003 the Legislature opened the door for
all cities to impose sales taxes, and the number of voter approved
city sales taxes has exploded. There are now 62 city sales taxes,
add these to the 36 sales taxes levied in counties, California
currently has 98 voter-approved sales taxes. As local governments
seek more tax revenue, more is expected. For the November 2008
General Election, there are at least 25 measures slated.
In June, the city of South Gate in Los Angeles County voted to make
the total sales tax there 9.25%. Also in Los Angeles County, on
their November ballot is a measure that would allow the Los Angeles
Metropolitan Transportation District to levy an additional half a
percent sales tax throughout the county. Therefore, in LA County, a
9.75% sales tax rate is now likely.
Folks, there is basically no real limit how high these taxes are
going to go. As consumers, I urge you to look up the sale tax rate
in your community before making a large purchase. Some localities
have held their sales tax to the state base rate of 7.25%. Two and
a half percent on a $30,000 car purchase would save you $750.