By Donna Westfall – August 31, 2023
If you can take 10 minutes and make these calls, you may very well protect Prop 13. Most have live people answering the phone. Only a couple had answering machines. Simply put, I said, “I’m Donna Westfall from Crescent City strongly urging (insert name) to vote NO on ACA 1 and ACA 13. Most of the time they thank you for your input and some of the time they ask for your zip code.
Here’s the info from Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association:
Thank you for the calls you’ve made to tell the legislature that ACA 13 and ACA 1 are attacks on Proposition 13 that must be stopped. Your help is needed again as these two dangerous measures come up for a vote on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. We’re asking all HJTA members and supporters to please call the members of the committee and urge them to vote NO on ACA 13 and NO on ACA 1. Please call as soon as possible! Here’s all the information:
NO on ACA 13
ACA 13 is a devious attempt to stop the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act from passing when it’s on the ballot in November 2024. The Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act is our initiative constitutional amendment that will restore the Proposition 13 protections that have been eroded by the courts. But ACA 13 would create special rules that make it harder to pass citizen initiatives like this one. If ACA 13 is enacted, the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act would require a two-thirds vote to pass, instead of the simple majority vote that has been required for all other constitutional amendments since 1849!
NO on ACA 1
ACA 1 is a direct attack on Proposition 13 that would remove the taxpayer protection of the two-thirds vote of the electorate required to pass local special taxes. If this measure is enacted, local taxes and bonds for “infrastructure” (nearly everything) and public housing projects would pass with just 55% of the vote instead of 66.67%. This makes it easier to raise taxes, and your taxes could go up after every election.
Please call the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and urge a NO vote on ACA 13 and ACA 1:
1.Chris Holden (Chair) – (916) 319-2041
2.Megan Dahle (Vice Chair) – (916) 319-2001
3.Isaac Bryan – (916) 319-2055
4.Lisa Calderon – (916) 319-2056
5.Wendy Carrillo – (916) 319-2052
6.Diane Dixon – (916) 319-2072 (Please thank Assemblywoman Dixon for opposing ACA 1 and urge her to also vote no on ACA 13)
7.Mike Fong – (916) 319-2049
8.Gregg Hart – (916) 319-2037
9..Josh Lowenthal – (916) 319-2069
10.Devon Mathis – (916) 319-2033 (Please thank Assemblyman Mathis for opposing ACA 1 and urge him to also vote no on ACA 13)
11.Diane Papan – (916) 319-2021
12.Gail Pellerin – (916) 319-2028
13.Kate A. Sanchez – (916) 319-2071 (Please thank Assemblywoman Sanchez for voting NO on ACA 13 in the Assembly Elections Committee)
14.Esmeralda Soria – (916) 319-2027
15.Akilah Weber, M.D. – (916) 319-2079
16.Lori Wilson – (916) 319-2011
Please also call your own state representatives and urge them to vote NO on ACA 1 and NO on ACA 13. You can look up their names and contact information at findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
Thank you for your help in this critical fight to protect Proposition 13. We greatly appreciate you!