I read a lot about many local issues. One issue that I really have difficulty getting my arms around is Santa Clarita Valley water. There have been huge changes to our water delivery systems in recent years that are poorly understood by the community at a time when the cost of water has rapidly escalated. In December 2012, the Castaic Lake Water Agency purchased the Valencia Water Company from what was originally the Newhall Land and Farming Co. in an eminent domain action.
This column is not about reducing your sodium intake. Rather, it is about the deduction for state and local taxes, which tax practitioners affectionately refer to as “SALT.”One of the most controversial provisions in the Trump/GOP tax proposals has been the elimination of the SALT deduction. This is needed to fund corporate tax rate cuts. (See Part 1 in this series, “We all pay for corporate tax cuts,” published Oct. 7 https://signalscv.com/2017/10/jim-de-bree-pay-corporate-tax-cuts/.)
The GOP is heralding middle class tax cuts. For example, U.S. Rep. Steve Knight is running television advertisements promising a simpler tax system “so that workers can see more money in their paychecks every month for them and their families to enjoy.”Although I am retired, I still prepare a number tax returns for friends, family and a few paying customers.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".