For decades, the Williamson Act kept taxes low for property owners who protected open land from development. Now, as state faces budget crunch, some landowners must farm or see tax rates nearly double.
On Election Day, voters approved a number of local marijuana taxes, which may bring simmering tensions between California and federal drug laws to a boil.
In San Carlos, employees doing the same jobs have different pensions depending upon when they were hired, and the city is negotiating even leaner benefits for future city workers.
Voters in Half Moon Bay yesterday rejected Measure K, a proposed one-cent sales tax increase that city leaders had portrayed as a life-saving measure for the coastal community swimming in debt.
After a topsy-turvy race and flip-flopping polls, Californians voted to defeat Proposition 19 on Nov. 2.