Breves de la Comunidad

December 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Boyle Heights 

Una entrega de juguetes gratuita se llevará acabo el miércoles, 14 de diciembre en el ayuntamiento de Boyle Heights ubicado en el 2130 E. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90033.

El evento empezará a las 4:30 p.m. hasta las 7 p.m. y será presentado por el D.A.D. Project juntamente con la Organización A Friendly Hand y la Ciudad de Boyle Heights.

Los juguetes serán repartidos a los asistentes, mientras duren las provisiones, al igual que una foto gratuita por familia, de 5X7 con Santa Claus.

Para participar por favor confirme su asistencia al 310-929-0911 o mande un correo electrónico a

Para más información o si usted o su organización gustan participar y donar juguetes para el evento puede visitar su página web.

South Gate

(CNS)- Un residente de South Gate murió al estrellar su motocicleta contra un barandal de metal y un puente de apoyo en la transición de la Autopista 110 hacia la Autopista 105 en el Westmont de Los Ángeles, dijeron las autoridades el 5 de diciembre.

El accidente ocurrió justo después de las 8 p.m. del domingo, según el CHP.

José Jesús Martínez, de 37 años fue expulsado de la motocicleta después de golpear el puente y aterrizó en el primer carril de la carretera de transición.

Marrtínez fue declarado muerto en el lugar del incidente.

Condado de Los Ángeles

El Centro de Información y Asistencia a Mexicanos, (CIAM) está ofreciendo servicios gratuitos, en español, a la comunidad mexicana. Desde julio del 2013, el equipo compuesto por 41 expertos ha ofrecido asistencia y protección consular e información acerca de cuestiones migratorias.

Para comunicarse puede llamar sin costo al 1-855-4636-395, ellos están disponibles lunes a domingo de 7:00 a.m. a 11 p.m.

Condado de Los Ángeles

Un nuevo sitio web con recursos disponibles en español referente a los derechos del contribuyente fue lanzado por La Asociación de Contribuyentes de Howard Jarvis.

La información incluye el cómo transferir propiedades a generaciones futuras sin reevaluación, el cómo evitar una revaluación de la propiedad cuando se muda y cómo involucrarse en la oposición de aumentos de tarifas locales.

El sitio también ofrecerá noticias en español y nuevas columnas del presidente de HJTA Jon Coupal semanalmente, todo en español.

Para más información visite su página web.

Tenacity is the Secret to Taxpayer Success

December 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

After the passage of Proposition 13, Howard Jarvis became even more popular with average citizens. He would joke that overnight he went from being regarded as a “nut” by the political elites to being seen as a “savior” for millions of California homeowners.

Visitors to Howard’s office would praise him for coming up with Proposition 13 just when it was so desperately needed. But Howard would just smile and point out that he had been working on property tax reform for 16 years.

Howard was tenacious and a big believer in the power of people when they combined together to make change. When speaking to groups he would hold up his hand with his fingers extended and say that while separately they were weak, united they were strong and he would form his hand into a fist. Some will remember seeing the photo of Howard holding up his fist on the cover of Time Magazine.

However, Howard understood that it was necessary to start small. His first taxpayer group meeting was attended by only twenty ordinary citizens — no celebrities, no politicians — just regular folks concerned that if the trend of ever escalating property taxes continued, they would lose their homes.

Howard would say that people who want to reform government don’t have to wait for somebody else to lead them. “You don’t need a campaign manager to lead you; you can be your own campaign manager and lead yourself,” he wrote. “The brains and capacities of the citizens of the United States are invariably greater than the brains and the capacities of bureaucracy – now misnamed government.”

For taxpayers, the key to success, Howard believed, could be summed up in the words of James E. Byrnes, Secretary of State in the Truman Administration, who said, “I discovered at an early age that most of the difference between average people and great people can be explained in three words: ‘And then some.’” Howard attributed the eventual success of the Tax Revolt to the fact that his fellow taxpayer activists did what was expected, “And then some.”

Although Howard passed in 1986, his spirit lives on in thousands of Californians who give of their time and energy to push for more economical and efficient government. To remind the public of these unsung heroes, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association annually presents the Taxfighter of the Year Award.

This year’s recipient is Ourania Riddle, a 30 year member of the Solano County Taxpayers Association, who witnessed the unelected State Water Resources Control Board running roughshod over the rights of taxpayers in her hometown of Dixon, and decided to take action. Her lobbying helped to assure passage of a state law that would allow Dixon to comply with water regulations and avoid penalties of $10,000 a day.

When the city determined a major water rate increase was in order, Ourania and her friends succeeded in gathering enough signatures to place a measure on the ballot to rescind the increase. Although a Court subsequently ruled that the taxpayers’ effort to use the power of initiative was invalid, Ourania and her cohorts succeeded in changing state law and putting Dixon officials on notice that its taxpayers are organized and are carefully watching costs.

We at HJTA thank Ourania and all those unsung taxpayer heroes throughout the state who improve our lives by volunteering to act as watchdogs over government spending and who prod government to make more efficient use of taxpayers’ dollars. The spirit of Howard Jarvis lives on in the actions of these outstanding California taxpayers who are willing to do what is expected, “and then some.”


Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association — California’s largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers’ rights.

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