If our experience in California is any guide, the federal
government may be losing sight of one of the key lessons learned
from the pandemic as it responds to the latest national economic
challenges: People, and the communities that nurture people, must
Have you ever wondered what happens with the sales tax you pay at
a retail counter or online? What can cities do with that money?
Here are 10 things you should know — but may have been afraid to
ask — about California’s sales and use tax.
Like many cities across the country, Santa Monica was devastated
by the COVID-19 pandemic. The city faced a projected revenue
shortfall of about $225 million due to hotel and business
closures. In response, the city invested more than $5 million in
25 city programs to accelerate local recovery.
Over 16.5% of new electric generation capacity is anticipated to
come from batteries this year. While the sudden surge of battery
adoption may seem like it arrived overnight, it comes after years
of painstaking efforts by clean energy startups, many of them in
Buellton residents have long pushed for more arts and culture
opportunities to increase their quality of life. Many have come
to view the arts as a way to incentivize economic development.
Like many aspects of government, this is easier said than done,
especially with just 20 full-time city employees.