The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

L.A. Country Clubs Pay No Property Taxes

Jul 17, 2017

Los Angeles has much less park land than other U.S. cities. When you fly over Los Angeles, the only green spaces you see belong to cemeteries and huge private golf clubs like the Los Angeles Country Club, the Bel-Air Country Club and the Brentwood Country Club. There are nine luxury country clubs in the city of Los Angeles. One of them, the Brentwood Country Club, covers 5.6 million square feet of green land and is easily visible from space.

Since the 1960s, politicians at the state and local levels have passed laws and ordinances that have allowed these country clubs to escape paying property taxes, despite how valuable their land is. The Los Angeles Country Club, for example, pays only $200,000 per year in property taxes, when it should pay $90 million per year–a tax savings of more than 99 per cent!

Membership to one of these exclusive clubs costs $250,000 per year. So, no workers need apply.

No green areas for the public–just playgrounds for the super rich. Workers even foot the bill for rich people’s entertainment and socializing!