Prop 13 – The Parts that Ruined California

#fb What Prop 13 is:

At a high point in the housing boom with a housing shortage driving property values up – Prop 13 reassess property tax values from 3% of their current value in 1978 to 1% of their value from before the housing boom.

This was great for the poor and elderly on fixed incomes. It remains great for anyone who has not moved out of their home to buy a new one in California since then. It is even fantastic for children who inherit their parent’s property and pre 1978 property tax value rate.

It took $200,000,000,000.00 out of the possible budget income for the state of California.

Some say that California now spends more per student than it did before Prop 13 – no one can tell me where that money is going. As a mother of a child who attends LAUSD North Hollywood High and hs students standing or sitting on the floor in every class, and a month into the school year doesn’t have books for some of her subjects ; I have a hard time believing that Prop 13 didn’t hurt us.

When I was a little kid my mom was an elementary school teacher. In 1978 I was at Holly Avenue School and Prop 13 passed. the next year Arcadia Unified “RIF’ed” many teachers and closed three schools because there was not enough funding to keep them open.

The special programs and teachers for school were taken away with the funding and students had to begin the door-to-door fundraising for paper and other basic school supplies.


California school funding and achievement have both dropped from 1970’s rankings in the nation’s top five to 1990’s rankings in the bottom 10.

More than 40 percent of the property-tax relief has not been for homeowners at all, but has been an annual windfall for corporations and landlords.

 Local governments have tried to survive by inviting in auto dealerships and Wal-Marts to get a share of state sales taxes on high point-of-purchase volume. “Fees” are another way for localities to try to grab a few loose bucks: In Los Angeles County, there is now a $75 charge for group picnics in local parks.

Prisons in the state are at 184 percent of capacity, and prisoners are being released before serving minimum sentences to make room for new ones.

The state’s ratio of librarians to students has reached 1 to 8,512, compared with a nation average of 1 to 820.

 California state colleges have eliminated 6,000 courses in the past three years. Tuition and fees have been increased by 320 percent above the rate of inflation since Prop. 13 was passed.”

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