By Neil Rubenstein
Observer Columnist 

Will Sacramento Tax Your Drinking Water?


April 26, 2018

By Neil Rubenstein

Observer Columnist

After all these years scientists found a new body organ. It’s called Interstitium and just might help to better understand its impact on diseases, such as cancer. A study was published in Scientific Reports on March 27th, 2018. At this time additional research is needed.

Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley -Thomas agreed to pay a $3500 fine for violating campaign finance rules to California Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to properly report contributions he received for his 2014 election.

According to the California Tax Foundation from January 1, 2017, until September 1, 2017 Sacramento lawmakers have introduced more than 90 bills that would cost taxpayers more than $370 billion annually in higher taxes and fees.

The Long Beach Press -Telegram says Sacramento is setting its eyes on the latest resource it can tax in California -drinking water. Lawmakers are proposing a 95-cent per month tax on your water bill. Senate bill 623 would establish a new water connection tax, fertilizer tax and milk tax to raise about $200 million for a new “Safe and Affordable Water Fund”. Don’t be naïve I predict within five years or less the 95-cent charge will zip up to $5.00 (or more) per month.

Time magazine reports the 144 skyscrapers built in 2017 was more than any other year in history. A skyscraper is a building over 656 feet.

Why not stop by before May 10, 2018 and see the 40 works on exhibit at Galerie Michael, 224 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills; Picasso and Gilot are two artists you don’t want to miss.

Our school district like every school district up and down the state sends the information requested to state capital where transparent California makes it available. If local citizens are upset, please talk to the Board. Annual district -paid employee benefits for fiscal year (FY).


Fy 2011-2012 $8,979,547

Fy 2012-2013 $9,301,701

Fy 2013-2014 $9,489,308

FY 2014-2015 $11,887,395

FY 2015-2016 $14,225,815

Omarosa Manigault Newman who resigned from her public liaison job at the White House effective January 20,2018 has rarely been seen. Although she knew her boss, the President, for 14 years, she was informed by a tweet. No class what-so-ever.

The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) has reported two South Carolina legislators have announced a plan to erect a statue honoring African American soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. Republican state representatives Bill Chumley and Mike Burns want to honor any African American who served; whether, they picked up a gun to fight. Our Weekly.


Are you wondering where you can take the family that is close by, reasonable and exciting? Well, Buckaroo, I’d go to see the Los Angeles storied streetcars, a fixture of Southern California from 1910 to the mid-1950s. Hotfoot it to Perris California (just a stones’ throw from Riverside), where on weekends and most holidays the Orange Empire Railway Museum operates. Be darn sure you check out the Fred Harvey Museum, which is open Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is located at 2201 South A Street Perris (951) 943-3020. Culver City Seniors might remember the J Car, the P car, the W car and the Pacific Electric train on Venice and Culver Blvd.

On April 1, 2018 the Federal Government will put the first batch of Medicare replacement cards into the post office.

Maria AKA” The Wild Gypsy Lady” and I were speaking very softly in the dimly lit BBQ Rib joint. Suddenly, she said the Donald will receive an Oscar for his performance with the Chinese leader over the tariff situation. The stock market is falling like a lead balloon, but before the tariff takes effect the two guys will hug and kiss like two sixteen-year olds. Also, their friends will have spent every penny to buy more shares. That group will make two fortunes. Remember it was cousin Neil and Maria who read the tea leaves. Please remember, before you purchase any stock, to do your research. As mother would say, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.”

Good news: USC researchers have launched a scientific effort to construct a detailed virtual 3-D model of the pancreatic beta cell and its components - a global project that aims to one day curb the worldwide rise of diabetes. More than 30 million Americans have the disease. For additional information, read the March issue of the Journal Cell. USC aims to complete the project in five years.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore discovered a new pap test that finds cervical cancer much earlier and with 93 percent accuracy. Researchers collected cervical fluid samples with a pap smear brush and a slightly longer tool called a Tao brush which reaches beyond the cervix and into the uterus. If your doctor doesn’t use a Tao brush, find one that does your life just might depend on it.

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