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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor are a great way to focus attention on the need for Prop. 13 reform.  Getting LTEs published shows the public that this reform will generate over $10 billion each year for schools and public services without raising taxes on homeowners or renters.  Below is the list of LTEs that have been published in support of making large corporations pay their fair share.

For tips on how to write and submit your own letter, check out our LTE Campaign Action Center!

Recently Published

Proposition 13's gift to commercial property owners

James Clark - Los Angeles Times, 06/15/18

Columnist Conor Friedersdorf touched on the topic of commercial parcels but quickly switched subjects in his Proposition 13 tax revolt discussion. He didn’t dare reveal the hidden Prop. 13 provision that allows commercial/industrial property to avoid assessment when the property is sold.

A Prop.13 loophole stipulated that if less than half of the property value is sold to a new owner, the transaction will not trigger (avoids) a property tax reassessment. Ergo, ownership of most commercial/industrial holdings are divided between three or more investors. They always limit sales to less than half of the ownership, avoiding property tax increases year after year for decades.

That ploy shifted the property tax burden to residential property. Before, Prop.13 residential owners bore about 55% of the total property tax burden Today, they bear more than 70% while commercial property owners share less than 30%

It’s high time for those commercial/industrial properties to be reassessed to current market value and the fractional exemption should be eliminated.

Invest in schools again

Emily Cagape - San Francisco Chronicle 04/08/18

Regarding “Teacher protests put GOP on the spot in red states” (Nation, April 5): Increasing education funding is essential to teachers and schools. It is great to see so many teacher protests across red states like Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona because of poor public education funding. However, let us not forget that poor education funding is not limited just to Republican states. Most people don’t know that California — one of the most Democratic states in the nation — is actually on par with several of these red states in education funding. We are consistently ranked within the bottom 10 states even though California used to lead the nation in education funding during the 1960s. Now is the time to finally tackle the root of California’s education problem: Proposition 13. Reforming Prop. 13 is the best thing we can do to invest in our schools again.

Children’s education

Joshua Bolger - San Francisco Chronicle 04/08/18

Teachers in these states are standing up for what they deserve and barely getting an increase in funding. The leaders in these states are more worried about their re-election than they are the well-being of their state and its future residents. Investing in children’s education is the most important thing to do. Rep. Kyle Hilbert has the right view of his position as a public servant, as long as he does something good for his district it doesn’t matter if he gets re-elected.

Education funding is lacking all over the country, especially in these red states, but even a dark blue state such as California is in the bottom 10 for education funding. To fund our schools, we should change outdated laws such as Prop. 13. California, for example, could gain billions of dollars annually for education funding by reforming Prop. 13 and making corporations pay their fair share and keep protections for homeowners.

Full List of Published LTEs:

James Clark - Los Angeles Times, 06/15/18

Emily Cagape - San Francisco Chronicle 04/08/18

Joshua Bolger - San Francisco Chronicle 04/08/18

Ruby MacDonald - The Mercury, 03/09/18

Toni Henle - The Mercury, 02/11/18

Deborah Bayer - East Bay Times, 12/12/17

Alison Wuensch - Sacramento Bee, 11/15/17

Kitty Calavita - Los Angeles Times, 11/14/17

Barbara Commins - The Press, 10/26/17

Kitty Calavita - San Francisco Chronicle, 10/25/17

Ruby MacDonald - East Bay Times, 10/13/17

Nicholas Moore - Sacramento Bee, 10/06/17

Leonard Dorin - San Francisco Chronicle, 08/11/17

Jessica Son - The Modesto Bee, 06/12/17

Arman Kalyani - The Mercury News, 04/02/17

Laila Ibrahim - San Francisco Chronicle, 03/17/17

Kitty Calavita - San Francisco Chronicle, 12/10/16

Ed Chainey - San Francisco Chronicle, 12/9/16

Ruby MacDonald - East Bay Times, 5/4/2016

Philip Morton - San Francisco Chronicle, 4/4/2016

Jay Nitschke - San Francisco Chronicle, 1/9/2016

Kitty Calavita - The Sacramento Bee, 11/24/2014

Kim Wayne - Oakland Tribune, 12/3/2014

Ian Fregosi - The Modesto Bee, 5/30/2015

Laila Ibrahim - San Francisco Chronicle, 6/8/2015

Kim Wayne - The Piedmonter/Montclarion, 6/10/2015

Dan Fendel - San Francisco Chronicle, 06/2015

Burt Rodgers - San Francisco Chronicle, 06/2015

Howard Baldwin - San Francisco Chronicle, 06/2015

Paul Reinhertz - Times-Herald, 6/10/2015

Darrell Cozen - Whittier Daily News, 6/10/2015

Anne Spanier - Oakland Tribune, 7/8/2015

Margaret Rosenbloom - San Jose Mercury News, 7/10/2015

Akshaya Natarajan - San Jose Mercury News, 9/6/2015

Hiba Khurshid - San Francisco Chronicle, 10/9/2015

Kitty Calavita - San Francisco Chronicle, 10/14/2015

Ruby MacDonald - Contra Costa Times, 12/2/2015

Jeffrey Pu - The Sacramento Bee, 12/9/2014