City Issues Partial Refunds To Residents in Greater Golden Hill

The Golden Hill MAD is just the latest example of Todd Gloria and the city perpetuating an antagonistic relationship with its taxpaying citizens, the very residents the city is supposed to be serving. Instead, the city colluded with a flim-flam man who established the MAD based on lies. The city redrew the boundaries to include city-owned land, giving it a disproportionate "yes" vote to double-tax citizens for basic city services already paid for with our property taxes. Then it turned a blind eye to fraud by the Golden Hill CDC, who doled out no-bid contracts to its buddies in other cities (remember the $6,000 logo?). Finally, when faced with a lawsuit to dismantle the MAD, the city fought us, its citizens, tooth and nail, delaying the inevitable court decision for years, and deriding anyone who fought on the right side of the issue, all to protect their jobs and their bloated pensions. The refunds should have been sent months ago; instead, the city delayed and obfuscated, claiming they couldn't be sent until the end of the fiscal year (June 30), just long enough for a statute of limitations to kick in so they wouldn't have to send full refunds. The whole crooked thing is sickening. I'm so glad I decided to get out of California in 2011 and move to Texas, where the government doesn't spend all its time trying to figure out new ways to bilk the people it's supposed to be serving. I urge all Golden Hill residents to withhold the amount you were shorted on the refund from your property taxes. Simply direct the county assessor to the city's liability fund for the money. If confronted about it, tell the county you can't pay it until your fiscal year is over, say 2019.
— July 31, 2012 8:52 a.m.

County To Refund 2011 Assessments For Greater Golden Hill MAD

What I emailed Gloria this morning: Thanks for the recent email regarding refunding the money we paid into the now-defunct Golden Hill MAD. I love that you're suing anyone and everyone to recover your money (our money), when the city arranged to give itself a disproportionate "yes" vote to form the MAD in the first place, redrew the boundaries to include city-owned property, then derided residents for suing the city after years of inaction to redress the wrongs done to us. Good luck explaining THAT in court. Anyway, as complicated as you make the issue sound, this part of it really isn't. It doesn't take months of focus groups or stakeholder meetings or any other bureaucratic gobbledygoop: 1. Send checks in the next 30 days refunding what everyone paid in over the years. I can even tell you exactly how much to send me. There's no need to wait for MAD/GGHCDC money to end up in the city coffers; that can come later, at your convenience. We shouldn't have to wait for all that. Goodness knows what you would have done to any property owner who refused to pay that part of our property taxes. It would have taken only a few days for you to slap a lien on my house. 2. Call the head of public works, and have them pick up the trash from all the trash cans in the neighborhood, not just city-owned ones. If their union balks, have Jerry threaten to fire them. As the attached photo shows, it's becoming a sanitary issue for the neighborhood. I can only imagine you've let it get this bad out of subconscious spite (or conscious spite), to "punish" us for voting against the MAD, then fighting it tooth-and-nail for years. OK, you're made your point. Just make a quick phone call to remove the trash, then the cans, before you have a nice cholera outbreak in Golden Hill to rival 1850s London. Sincerely, Jason Ford
— April 13, 2012 8:49 a.m.

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