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Los Angeles County imposes $50,000 charge on housing units

Los Angeles County imposes $50,000 charge on housing units

A $50,000 electric bill? The cost of cooling L.A.’s biggest houses in a heat wave The only people who benefit are property owners who can make more money off the value of their possessions. The people who really suffer are the poor, elderly, people with respiratory problems and people who need heat to survive. A bill that makes this year’s heat waves worse won’t help anyone The only people who benefit are property owners who can make more money off the value of their possessions. The people who really suffer are the poor, elderly, people with respiratory problems and people who need heat to survive. A bill that makes this year’s heat waves worse won’t help anyone

A bill that would impose a $50,000 charge on the homeowners of the top 100 housing units around Los Angeles County is “inexcusable” and “unconscionable,” a top Los Angeles planning official said Wednesday. The charge would go toward a mitigation plan to keep residents cool during this week’s record-breaking heat wave, said Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who chairs the Board of Supervisors’ committee that oversees L.A. County’s public works department. A similar charge was recently imposed on homes and businesses in the city of Stockton, which like L.A. County was battered by a scorching May day. Kuehl added that she will seek amendments to the bill after it moves to the full Board of Supervisors.

The bill is an unfair and unconscionable solution to a local housing crisis, Kuehl said after a hearing Wednesday night with officials from the county’s Planning Department. The county’s emergency response plan for fires and other disasters includes $3 million that will go toward cooling houses, Kuehl said. The bill appears to be an attempt to fill the void created by Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial cut in fire prevention money, she said. The bill would have given residents a tax break equal to the amount of the tax breaks they would receive under previous ballot measures intended to prevent the fires that swept through several California cities.

“It’s a little ironic that we need a tax break for a tax bill that is supposed to help

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