Friday, May 12, 2006

Who's afraid of Aaron Katz?

Everybody, it turns out. The Saratoga lawyer has already made more than a quarter-mil suing hospital and school districts on behalf of disenfranchised absentee landlords throughout California. Now Foothill-De Anza looks like it will be his next target as he seeks to prove either that bond measures and parcel taxes are somehow fundamentally different than other elections, or, barring that, get paid a lot of money just to shut up about it.

Maybe Katz really is a money-grubber who specializes in holding public agencies hostage. Maybe the income from all his rental properties is just not enough pay for his crusade, and that he actually needed the $200k from El Camino to keep fighting for his rights elsewhere. Who knows.

Even the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, named for the man behind Prop. 13 and perhaps the most famous crank in California history, says the law is against Katz. But the settlement with the hospital district doesn't diminish the potential ramifications of his argument. Even if he were to win only one of his cases, he could force a huge change in tax law.


Anonymous said...

You need to edit the last sentence which needs editing.

Nemesis of Evil said...

An editor once added a lead to one of my stories that read, "Quitter is not an adjective one uses to describe Dale Osborn."

She asked what I thought of the story. I said that it was fine, but that "quitter" was a noun. "Great eye," she said. "That's the kind of thing that will make you a good editor one day."

Guess she was wrong.