Posted by Silly, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Feb 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm
You want "big money" in politics? We give "religious" organizations $71 BILLION in tax exemptions each and every year yet they continue to lobby against women's rights, gay right etc. Revoke their tax exemptions.
Posted by Gunn Class of 67, a resident of Los Altos Hills, on Feb 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm
Big Money? How about Google's initial Moffett Field lease of
69,737 sq.' including hangar 1 for $57,575/mo? No NNN - no taxes on land as gov owned.
Guestimate from observation may be inaccurate but here goes.
NASA's repeated public statements to excess Moffett have gone silent. Airship Venture (Zeppelin) closed down - their 1/13 facilities auction demonstrated Google's confidence in NASA partnership. Google's newly announced 1M Sq' new construction at Moffett - only legal by federal code if in partnership with NASA.
Newly announced outer space internet must be qualifier. So here we are subsidizing Google's Double Irish/Bahamian (legal) tax strategies - additionally providing land producing no property tax; and Google exec calls it the Democratic Way. Disappointing to see this stuff going on.
Google individuals and execs were major election donors; economic policy advisers were SV VC's who design these tax strategies and offshore jobs.
Impact on much needed tax revenues for Santa Clara County infrastructure is devastating - NASA/Google will generate no property tax. Corporate tax strategy will further deplete the county.
Expect post will vanish for objectionable content. Transparency in government?