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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 $11 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

Time to reform Prop. 13

Rachita Rawal - Orange County Register, 03/21/19

I am a millennial from O.C. and strongly disagree with the article. I understand that Proposition 13 allows older Californians, including my parents, to stay in their homes. But reforming Prop. 13 so that commercial property owners pay property taxes at fair market value is just commonsense. The authors of this piece falsely claim that changing Prop. 13 for commercial properties will lead to increased costs for goods and services.

They forget that we live in a competitive free market economy that determines the price of things. Disneyland has been getting a huge Prop. 13 tax break for 40 years but ticket prices have still gone up from $29 (adjusted for inflation) to $117.Furthermore, most businesses are already paying market value property taxes.

According to a report from University of Southern California researchers, just 8 percent of commercial property owners are getting nearly 80 percent of the property tax savings from this corporate loophole in Prop. 13. Reassessing commercial property at market value will bring California on par with the how the rest of the country taxes commercial property, while also restoring critical funding to our schools and local communities.

As a millennial, I am ready to reform Prop. 13 for me and future generations.

Wave of teacher strikes in California points to the desperate need for Prop. 13 reform

Jennifer Ayala - The Los Angeles Times, 02/28/19

The teacher strikes across California point to the great necessity of more funds for education. While clearly the strikes have caused conflict between teachers’ unions and school districts, reforming Proposition 13 can create a beneficial outcome for all sides.

There is a measure that will be on the ballot in California in 2020 that, if passed, will make large commercial property owners finally pay their fair share in property taxes and will restore more than $11 billion per year to California’s schools and other public services. This will change the way that education is funded in California.

Education is a right, and it is time for teachers and students to get the support and resources they need.

The idea that Prop. 13 was meant to protect seniors is propaganda

Lynne Shapiro - The Los Angeles Times, 01/18/19

I disagree strongly with the letter writer who stated that Proposition 13 was designed to help seniors who, before 1978, could not afford the escalating property tax bills. That was the propaganda.

In reality, Proposition 13 helps mostly businesses with huge, valuable locations pay a small property tax. As a senior, I purchased my condominium after 1978 and pay more than many homeowners with twice the space in Beverly Hills.

What was really harmed was our state budget, with less money available for education and infrastructure. This is still the case, as we now have tax inequality, classes with 38 students, worn-out schools with no librarians or counselors, poor roadways, and power lines inferior to those that are now underground in several European countries.

Full List of Published LTEs:

Rachita Rawal - Orange County Register, 03/21/19

Jennifer Ayala - The Los Angeles Times, 02/28/19

Lynne Shapiro - The Los Angeles Times, 01/18/19

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