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Submitted by Jon Coupal, President Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association – August 12, 2019-

Oppose Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1  (ACA 1). We received word just now that the bill will be coming up for an Assembly Floor vote this afternoon. Communicating with your legislators now is crucial.


ACA 1 is likely to come up for a vote TODAY! 


  • The most imperative message is that a vote for ACA 1 is a vote for a tax increase because it makes it easier for local governments to propose and authorize higher taxes.
  • Lowering the two-thirds vote for bonds and parcel taxes makes it easier to approve debt that is included “below the line” on property tax bills and is not included in Prop 13’s one percent cap. This can add hundreds of dollars a year to residential and commercial property tax bills, and last for decades.
  • Parcel taxes are very regressive in that all property owners pay the same amount, regardless of the size of the home or business. For ACA 1 to be defeated, eight Assembly Democrats must oppose or abstain. While the odds seem daunting, we do believe there is a path to victory. Call the following Members of the Legislature who have yet to clarify their position on the bill,especially if you live in the areas they represent.
Assembly Member James Ramos (Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino) – 916-319-2040.
Assembly Member Rudy Salas (Bakersfield, Hanford) – 916-319-2032
Assembly Member Christy Smith (Santa Clarita) – 916-319-2038
Assembly Member Tom Daly (Anaheim, Santa Ana) – 916-319-2069
Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin (Camarillo, Thousand Oaks) – 916-319-2044
Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (Torrance) – 916-319-2066
Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes (Riverside, Corona) – (916) 319-2060
Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Rancho Cordova, Sacramento)– (916) 319-2008
To find the names and contact information for your representatives in Sacramento, go to

We appreciate your help to strengthen the voice of taxpayers in California.


6 thoughts on “Immediate Action Needed! Call the Capitol to protect Proposition 13!”
  1. Sam, I just went to read your triplicate piece online and just by the headline wanting to be heard more, I guessed it was you and was right.

  2. Is Prop 13 still relevant? In order for Prop 13 savings to occur one has to continue to live in the house they bought 20-30 years ago otherwise one is paying market rate property taxes when they buy a new home unless they buy within the same county as the home they are selling. Homeowners who are most affected (those who bought their shortly after Prop 13 was voted in) are either passing on or downsizing to a smaller home. It would seem that the vast majority of homeowners are paying market rate taxes.

    Furthermore, corporations are still getting the biggest property tax benefits because most corporations structure real estate sales as a 1031 exchange to avoid re-assessment.

    1. I think you would be surprised at how many people it would affect. Many that are older and on fixed income.

  3. Seems like no matter how many times California Democratic voters get smacked along the side of their heads by their respective representatives with bad decisions, they keep voting for them to keep it up. The same can be said for the executive branch in California as well.
    Of course there doesn’t seem to be many Republicans that inspire as well. Both clubs seem only good at looking after themselves and not the people they work for!

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