Having organized around this issue for over 2 years now, we sometimes get lost in the policy details, facts and statistics of it all, and forget why working for Prop. 13 reform truly matters. A while back, we asked our members to submit personal stories highlighting why Prop. 13 reform was important to them. Getting personal stories from our members helps remind us of the human impact that lack of funding has on our families, schools and communities.
In an ongoing segment, we will be sharing some of the personal stories we have received from everyday people explaining why they want commercial property owners to pay their fair share.
Our first personal story comes from Evolve super-supporter Kim Wayne:
"Everything you [Evolve] talk about is true in both Pleasanton and Oakland, the two places I have lived: library hours are fewer, class sizes have increased, and teachers provide supplies. I heard that CVS bought out Long's without changing some paper work that would have increased their taxes. True? I don't know. But I do know it's time for corporations to pay their fair share!"