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first_img– LLOYD HOOTEN, Gardena 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Today we publish our readers’ responses to our Question of the Week. This week’s question: “Los Angeles city voters may soon get to decide whether to place a tax on property owners to fund gang-prevention programs. Would such a tax be a wise investment in public safety?” I was always under the impression that when the city budgets “X” amount of dollars for the Los Angeles Police Department to do its work, the amount of money was for fighting crime, not just salaries. Now it appears they want to tax property owners for funds to fight gang crimes. What’s next? Special assessments to fight burglaries? Arson? Kidnapping? ? Then what happens when an unfunded crime is committed? The criminals go free because that crime hasn’t been funded? I think the city needs to rethink this. – GEORGE SCHWENK, San Pedro No, they shouldn’t tax us more, but even if we turn it down or vote it down, we have a mayor in there who’s going to come in the back door on us again and throw another tax on us on our sewer or something like that – another 800 percent tax on us – because that’s all they can think of doing to help these gangbangers. – DARRELL ELLIOTT, Culver City L.A. would have the money for gang prevention if they hadn’t already given it away on a frivolous lawsuit to Tennie Pierce and lawyers. – LINDA OREFICE, Harbor City Why the homeowners? Why should only the homeowners be taxed for special programs? A homeowner, I am on a fixed income, as I am sure many others are. Times are hard. Making ends meet is rough. Please find another way to fund these programs. Leave the homeowners alone. last_img

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