Update - Major endorsements! Ben Grieff, the Campaign Director of the Schools and Communities First initiative, writes [on 9 Feb 2019]:
"This week the campaign to reform Prop. 13 received two big endorsements.
The California Teachers Association and SEIU California voted unanimously to endorse the Schools and Communities First initiative. These two labor unions are the largest in California and represent more than one million workers. Having them get behind this initiative nearly two years before it will appear on the ballot is an exciting development. This extraordinary show of support speaks to the historic nature of our campaign and shows that we are gaining momentum!
These endorsements come at a time when teachers from Oakland to Los Angeles are shining a spotlight on how drastically underfunded our public schools are. These teachers are helping to raise awareness about how Prop. 13’s corporate loophole has robbed our schools and public services of over $100 billion in the last 40 years. Because of their efforts, the media has taken notice. Dozens of news outlets from across the state and even the New York Times and UK Guardian have written stories in the last month about how Prop. 13 has decimated public education funding in California. Most importantly, these stories mention our ballot measure as a solution to the funding crises facing school districts across the state."
A very exciting time for the League and all the sponsors who have so diligently been working on this campaign. Check out the website at Evolve.
Qualified for the 2020 Ballot Schools and Communities First reached another historic milestone in our fight to shape a new legacy for California. The Secretary of State announced that the Schools and Communities First initiative has qualified for the November 2020 ballot - making it the first commercial property tax reform initiative to qualify for the ballot since the passage of Prop 13 in 1978. Our moment is now. Help us make history and reclaim over $11 billion for schools and local communities. Find out more about getting involved with our campaign.
Because of your support our powerful coalition has accomplished what many thought was impossible. Over 90 organizations and thousands of volunteers helped collect over 850,000 signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot. Schools and Communities First has secured 300 endorsements - including the California State PTA, California Association of Nonprofits, the California Association of Retired Americans, the San Francisco Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the United Teachers of Los Angeles, the California Federation of Teachers, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Oakland City Council and the Los Angeles Unified School Board — along with dozens of local elected officials. Together, we are building a movement that unites all of California around a bold solution to expand equity, justice and shared prosperity.
Background Californians deserve world-class schools and universities; quality healthcare, safe neighborhoods, and affordable homes. That is what our taxes should pay for. It’s past time to close this loophole and stop letting big business rob our schools and local communities, impoverish future generations, and endanger California’s economic future. The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 is the responsible, fair, and long overdue tax system to ensure California can thrive; now and in the future.
The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018will create a “split roll”; non-residential, non-agricultural commercial property will be reassessed on a regular basis. This will lead to an estimated increase in property tax of over $11 billion per year -- revenue that will go directly to schools and local governments.