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"These past two years, we have been waging a war of attrition, with each ensuing year requiring additional cuts to service levels.  We cannot afford to continue on this path.  We must find a way to reach structural balance and further invest in our infrastructure. This year presented the most challenging fiscal and budgetary environment in my time as Mayor but has, in recent days, also provided the single most significant step to our long-term fiscal health in the form of a tentative agreement with the Police Officers' Association that cuts pension costs and, if it were to be mirrored by our other employee groups, eliminates structural deficits by the end of FY 13 based off current projections." From the Mayor's Budget Recommendations, Fiscal Year 2012. Bob Foster, Mayor of Long Beach, CA.

  • Wealth Inequity Index: 0.479.  (Los Angeles Metro)
  • Share of aggregate income going to top 5 percent of households: 23.2 percent
  • 45.9% of residents spend over 35% of their income on housing
  • Unemployment 11.0%
  • Increase in food stamps (SNAP) use from 2007: 25.0%
  • Children in poverty: 45.2%
  • Residents with no health care insurance: 18.3%

12. Newark, NJ:

To close the city's budget gap, Mayor Cory Booker is proposing a 7% tax increase in order to maintain the city's current level of service.   The mayor's proposed increase will also reduce the city's current budget deficit of $58 million.   The tax increase will raise $18 million in additional funds.   Governor Chris Christy is also attempting to close a New Jersey State budget gap of just $10.5 billion dollars.

  • Percentage of single-parent households: 56.9%
  • Wealth Inequity Index: 0.504 (New York Metro including North New Jersey)
  • Share of aggregate income going to top 5 percent of households: 24.9 percent
  • 13th U.S. city for police misconduct per capita
  • Increase in food stamps (SNAP) use from 2007: 18.0%
  • Per capita income: $17,396
  • Residents with no health care insurance: 28.5%
  • Unemployment 9.6%

13. Philadelphia, PA

A Flash mob struck Center City Philadelphia Friday night, July 29, 2011 leaving two people injured and several others robbed. Police have arrested four people in connection with the crime.   Mayor Nutter has decided in impose a curfew of 9:00 PM on those under the age of 18.   Businesses can also register their security cameras with the police department.   Don't panic.   This isn't the real angry hopeless commoners with torches and pitch forks, just a bunch of kids.

  • Children in poverty: 35.7%
  • Percentage of single-parent households: 50.1%
  • 46.8% of residents spend over 35% of their income on housing
  • Percent of residents receiving SNAP assistance:   26%
  • Unemployment 10.2%
  • Over 104,000 high net worth individuals

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Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration (more...)
 
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I find it interesting that Boehner's home district... by Joanne Boyer on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 9:24:35 AM
Next time I write something like this I'll try to ... by Chaz Valenza on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 10:14:49 AM
Citations for all facts and figures in this piece ... by Chaz Valenza on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 10:11:42 AM
DHS is expanding their polygraph program to fight ... by Patricia Donalds on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:36:15 PM
Patricia,I moved to Russia in 1999 and I've not he... by mike buchan on Saturday, Aug 13, 2011 at 3:18:35 AM
Looting, burning property, and assaulting fellow c... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 2:29:06 PM
Just remember what a genuinely inspired US preside... by manifesto 2000 on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 5:22:05 PM
Q: What's the difference between a protester and a... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 8:32:28 PM
And you know how they were criminals? Because PM C... by Vaikunthanath Kaviraj on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 5:25:07 PM
Burning and looting your own neighborhoods solved ... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 5:46:06 PM
power rob, steal, impoverish and beat enough peopl... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 6:14:56 PM
But where did I excuse or offer excuses for the po... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 6:54:33 PM
What's the difference? We're all going to hell.... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 8:42:16 PM
condemn the rioters, but never condemn the abuses ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 9:15:08 AM
Please explain your question.  How have our r... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 9:18:59 AM
expected you to have read about that before if you... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 9:46:54 AM
that your comments are distracting from the main p... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:12:36 AM
I was foreclosed on.  Not because of the bank... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:32:37 AM
I'm also not surprised that you while you condemne... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:46:58 AM
I'm self employed just trying to  make my way... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:52:54 AM
at putting words in peoples mouths if they don't a... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:55:36 AM
don't forget that you just claimed that you took a... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:17:02 AM
I put in my income honestly and they worked their ... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:31:17 AM
Laura, here is what you wrote:"Yes their governmen... by Vaikunthanath Kaviraj on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:06:36 AM
my responsibility to see through what these banks ... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:13:38 AM
Unemployment...here in the US we pay into that out... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:19:23 AM
You just talked about something the Govt is at fau... by Vaikunthanath Kaviraj on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:41:51 AM
they looted and fire bombed their own areas, how?A... by ibrahim turner on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 7:50:35 PM
I don't advocate violence.  I want to deter v... by Chaz Valenza on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 6:18:31 PM
And I'm not arguing that fact one bit, I happen to... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 6:56:51 PM
Kudos on a great, well-researched article with loa... by Richard Scott on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 4:08:37 PM
It is a very well written article with lots of fac... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 4:30:32 PM
in which the people are most likely to riot are th... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 4:42:15 PM
I bet that will be where the spark ignites.  ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 5:11:00 PM
Thanks for these links.  Great, just great. &... by Chaz Valenza on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 6:28:16 PM
of 1965-1971. Riots, burned out cities, cops in sn... by Monica Davis on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 4:43:34 PM
There is a myth we are innately violent.  Rod... by Donnie McLeod on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 5:22:45 PM
What pulp science fiction did you pull that from? ... by Vaikunthanath Kaviraj on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 5:44:18 PM
Q: Why doesn't our government try to put the brake... by Chaz Valenza on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 6:32:12 PM
the title said 14 cities. My version of the articl... by Charlotte Wilson on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 5:28:12 PM
cities are named in 13 spots.  Of course, if ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 5:51:53 PM
Thanks again Mr. Adams.  There are sooooooooo... by Chaz Valenza on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 6:39:06 PM
Hey Chaz,   Just a quick note to inform you... by Richard Scott on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 10:01:00 PM
I would think that the rich had better review thei... by George Schmitt on Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 11:00:17 PM
The GOP/Tea Party and their mass media and supreme... by eric stone on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 2:37:41 AM
I would have liked to have seen the same statistic... by Doc McCoy on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 1:36:16 AM
banksters have been on a worldwide looting spree.&... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 9:25:13 AM
How about those who looted the Treasury of the US?... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 9:27:05 AM
Both Codger and Laura are extremely well-versed in... by Ned Lud on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:58:04 AM
you are completely out of line.  ... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:02:11 AM
No, I'm not. What zombies (self-appointed and anno... by Ned Lud on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:39:53 AM
Imagine, a millionaire's daughter was caught with ... by Vaikunthanath Kaviraj on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:35:05 AM
facts that all the looters were poor?  Some n... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:38:32 AM
At least in Britian the police do not carry f... by David Chester on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 4:45:08 AM
I'm afriad America can't do what Europe and the re... by Perry Logan on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 5:40:04 AM
I agree with all the gun power arguments. &nb... by Chaz Valenza on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 8:40:54 AM
that the people don't strive to do better for them... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:50:07 AM
You're right about buying into the corporate racke... by Chaz Valenza on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:38:01 AM
You want to make changes do not buy from the ... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:47:01 AM
It's not that hard to go to the credit union, pull... by Mark Colwell on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 6:03:05 PM
Don't come across actionable ideas too often, your... by Mark Colwell on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 5:37:47 PM
Your argument is an improvement over Perry's at le... by Ned Lud on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:18:20 AM
We still have demonstrations and they are for the ... by Mark Colwell on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 4:31:55 PM
Most of the discussion seems to be about... by Mark Colwell on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:19:19 AM
I was there for Chicago then and visited after the... by Margaret Bassett on Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:54:02 AM
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What you are describing, Richard, is capitalism at... by Bruce Morgan on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 4:30:43 PM
control government and prevent tyranny and injusti... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 at 10:26:43 AM
is number one "Cameron identified the growth ... by John Smith on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 4:28:00 PM
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