Big Tobacco is at it again. Once more they are spinning falsehoods and fabrications about Proposition 29, according to Dr. Syed W. Bokhari, president of the American Heart Association, Inland Empire Division.
He says the claim made by Big Tobacco that the funds generated from Proposition 29 will not be used in California is just wrong. It is ironic that this patently false claim is being delivered by self-interested out-of-state tobacco companies. Both the explicitly stated purpose of the measure and the composition of the commission ensure that funds will stay in California.
In fact, the primary effect of raising the state tax on cigarettes will be to keep more money in California instead of shipping it to out-of-state tobacco companies. A recent UC San Francisco study concluded that Prop. 29 would keep $804 million in the California economy that is currently being exported to tobacco businesses and tobacco interests in North Carolina and Virginia.
The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association included very clear language in Proposition 29: Funds generated by Prop. 29 will stay in California. Time and time again Big Tobacco has been known to lie, even under oath. Why would now be any different? Prop. 29 was written by trusted organizations to benefit the citizens of our state, to find a cure for cancer and to keep kids from smoking.
While the entire world will benefit if Prop. 29 passes and we find a cure for cancer, the financial benefit would be concentrated in California.
It’s challenging enough to knock off an entrenched member of Congress in a primary contest. But California State Sen. Bob Dutton probably didn’t count on the fact that he would also be picking a fight with nearly a million Realtors.
The Rancho Cucamonga Republican is running against Rep. Gary Miller, a 14-year GOP incumbent in the June 5 open primary. The National Association of Realtors political action committee and a super PAC funded by the trade association have spent more than $709,000 on advertising and direct mail supporting Miller, a Diamond Bar resident.
A Hacienda Heights parolee is in custody on suspicion of setting a massive fire that destroyed the sanctuary of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights a year ago, authorities announced Wednesday.
Gregory Yusuke Shiga, 34, was scheduled to appear in West Covina Superior Court for an arraignment Wednesday following his arrest by arson investigators Monday. However, the hearing was continued to May 30.
The Hsi Lai Temple is offering a special exhibit this weekend that presents a unique perspective of Buddhism’s journey from India to China by way of the Silk Road.
Visitors will be immersed in medieval China as they peruse the exhibits of “Through These Doors: Connecting Past and Present, East and West.” The free multimedia exhibit promotes a better understanding of Buddha, focusing on Buddha’s birthday celebrations in medieval China.
Visitors to the massive Buddhist temple may take docent-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Hsi Lai Temple will honor Buddha’s birthday on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the main shrine with a chanting service, followed by the bathing of the baby Buddha.