Maria Ku 
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Re: “A Green Car Buyer's Guide

"even cars that are driven 15 to 20k miles a year sit unused 90% of the time"

They don't do any harm and are not any inefficient when they stay unused.

My bed is unused about 75% of the time, too. Should I do as in Jungle by Upton Sinclair and rent the same mattress to multiple people working different shifts, to be "efficient" by your formula.

Posted by Maria Ku on 04/20/2016 at 8:31 PM

Re: “PG&E's Assault on Solar Power

Those who are paying for their solar panels (the solar panels cost A LOT in addition to the PG&E charges), paying off the cost of solar panels for many years, sacrifice their financial resources to benefit ALL. They do this because they have an understanding of their responsibility for climate change. They provide clean energy generation for everyone, instead of the "dirty" energy PG&E otherwise sells to non-solar users at a profit.
The benefits of solar energy are clear. It creates jobs and reduces carbon emissions. It also helps prevent the emissions of dangerous chemicals into the air — including sulfur, mercury and coal ash — that we breathe.
Now PG&E wants to add another level of fees (conveniently payable to PG&E) just for those who are already paying through the nose to help us all stay alive?

Posted by Maria Ku on 01/27/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Tax Evasion Is Not a New Technology

What is the basis for stating that "short-term housing rentals" do not pay taxes to the city? Airbnb reports all payments on 1099, same as any other business, and City of Oakland get a copy of it from the State of California, just like for any other business. So - is this statement based on any kind of facts or records, or on someone's imagination?

Posted by Maria Ku on 10/21/2015 at 1:39 PM

Re: “When Cops Lie

They're entirely out of control and perfectly shameless. My husband and I walked around Lake Merritt last week, and took a shortcut through a partially-secluded area. There were 6 cops in uniform drinking hard alcohol with their police cars running (burning fuel) nearby. They did not expect anyone to see their "on the job party" and looked uncomfortable seeing us. My husband rushed me through the area preventing me from staring, to avoid unknown-extent consequences of witnessing the scene. . . Cops on duty getting together to get drunk on duty?

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Posted by Maria Ku on 08/28/2013 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Major Fuel and Emissions Savings from Autos Are Unlikely

There are good vehicles on the market right now. Toyota Prius C (NOT the regular Prius) averages 54mpg in the city, and I have seen mine reaching 99.9mpg at times. It is very reliable and one of the most affordable cars on the market. I do my driving at a fraction of the cost of a traditional vehicle, including the purchase cost of the car, fuel and maintenace.

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Posted by Maria Ku on 03/20/2013 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Pensions Aren't the Only Problem

1. "Public employee pensions" come in different formats. CalSTRS participants, for example, contribute 8.5% of their pay to the plan, and their employer (community college district) contributes another 8.5%, with states only contributing 2%. This is instead of participating in Social Security where participants and employers contribute 6.2% of their pay, each. Public employees DO pay for their pension benefits.
2. If a government were to switch to a 401k-like plan for all new employees, what funds would the pre-existing employees be paid from? The whole idea of the plan as it is now is that current members contributions pay for retired members benefits. Government was under obligation to put away pre-existing members contributions but it did not. Switching new members to a 401k-like system will kill the source of cash for all already-earned benefits for pre-existing members (that are guaranteed by the state Constitution) and will put the government in a big deep hole effective immediately, for a long time. How is this a solution?

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Posted by Maria Ku on 06/14/2012 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Tax the Rich!

The author said: "Tax Credit. In 2009 and 2010, it saved single workers up to $800 and married heterosexual couples up to $1,600, even if only one spouse worked. The top 5 percent or so of taxpayers were denied this tax break."

The amounts are WRONG. The maximum credit is $400/person, $800/couple.

Overall, I do like the article and agree with its conclusions. They are consistent with facts I know professionally.

Maria Ku, Oakland CPA

Posted by mku on 04/14/2011 at 8:38 AM

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