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The Legal Front


HJTA v. CA Dept. of Forestry — HJTA is the plaintiff in this class action seeking to invalidate the State's new fire prevention fee on grounds that it is really a tax that needed (but did not receive) two-thirds legislative approval, and seeking refunds for all who filed a Petition for Reconsideration or Claim for Refund. Status: Amended Complaint filed and served; awaiting State's Answer or Demurrer.  Read more >>

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An Update on Critical Cases

Silicon Valley Taxpayers Assn. v. Santa Clara Open Space AuthorityLandmark Victory!
In November 2001, the Santa Clara Open Space Authority levied a flat $20 annual assessment on every homeowner within an 800-square-mile area to pay for open space preservation. However, since the Authority does not possess the power of eminent domain, it could not commit to acquiring any specific property.  Read more >>

As a Spending Limit, Prop. 1A Does Not Cut It

Speaking before a meeting of over a thousand members of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in 1992, former President Ronald Reagan told the audience, "We tax reformers bear our scars proudly." The recipient of the Howard Jarvis Lifetime Tax Fighter award was referring to his own effort to control spending, Proposition 1, which was rejected by voters in 1973.  Read more >>

Building on Success

In every new year, it is customary to look back and assess last year's gains and losses. I am happy to report that HJTA had a very successful year.  Read more >>

Bighorn a Big Win for Taxpayers

Our file containing the Supreme Court briefs in Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency v. Beringson is about seven inches thick. In addition to the briefs filed by the parties, this case drew briefs from several amici curiae (friends of the court), including the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties, the Association of California Water Agencies, and others. We were among the others.  Read more >>