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Millionaires to Congress: Take our taxes, please

With the fiscal cliff approaching, four dozen California millionaires have renewed their call for Congress to let tax cuts expire for America’s richest citizens.

The millionaires are part of the national group Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, a movement of more than 200 Americans with incomes over $1 million a year calling for higher taxes on incomes of that level. They’re joining with The Action, a broad coalition of labor and progressive groups pursuing the same goal.

“The rich have done extremely well in America for the past 30 years and it is past time for them to begin paying more taxes to support better public services,” retired attorney Guy Saperstein of Piedmont, one of the millionaires, said in today’s news release.

Another of the millionaires, former Wall Street Executive and author Ken Morris of Ross, said “fiscal intelligence suffered while millionaires benefited from GOP intransigence on fair taxation for far too long.”

“For the sake of renewing middle class economic health, it is high time to undo those policies by allowing the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans to expire,” he said.

Follow after the jump for a full list of the California millionaires…

Michael Alexander – El Macero, CA
Nancy Blachman – Burlingame, CA
Brady Brim-Deforest – Los Angeles, CA
David A. Brown – Berkeley, CA
Mark Buell – San Francisco, CA
Susie Buell – San Francisco, CA
Doug Carlston – San Rafael, CA
Jerome C. – San Diego, CA
David desJardins – Burlingame, CA
Marta Drury – San Francisco, CA
Doug Edwards – Los Altos, CA
Bob Epstein – Berkeley, CA
Jerry Fiddler – Berkeley, CA
Eric Fredricksen – Los Gatos, CA
Ron Garret, PhD – Emerald Hills, CA
Bill Gawthrop – Yorkville, CA
Steven Gluckstern – San Francisco, CA
Garrett Gruener – Oakland, CA
Suzanne Hess – San Diego, CA
Lawrence Hess – San Diego, CA
Frank Jernigan – San Francisco, CA
Wayne Jordan – Oakland, CA
William Jurika – Piedmont, CA
Norman Lear – Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne Lerner – Manhattan Beach, CA
Alexander M – Los Altos, CA
Dick Mader – Los Angeles, CA
Diane Meyer Simon – Santa Barbara, CA
Vibhu Mittal – Palo Alto, CA
Ken Morris – Ross, CA
Peter Norvig – Palo Alto, CA
Frank Patitucci – Pleasanton, CA
Andy Rappaport – Menlo Park, CA
Marsha Rosenbaum – San Francisco, CA
Guy and Jeanine Saperstein – Piedmont, CA
Heike Schmitz – Palo Alto, CA
Fritz Schneider – San Francisco, CA
Stephen M. Silberstein – Belvedere, CA
Craig Silverstein – Mountain View, CA
Susan Smalley – Beverly Hills, CA
Pat Spiegel – Aptos, CA
John Stewart – San Francisco, CA
Sandor & Faye Straus – Lafayette, CA
Kevin Wall – Beverly Hills, CA
David & Vinitha Watson – Oakland, CA
George Zimmer – Piedmont, CA

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.