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Prop 38 Town Hall Takes Place Wednesday

The forum will feature speakers

The Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee will present the Valley Regional Forum, a town hall discussion of Proposition 38 Wednesday.

The forum will feature Sandy Escodedo, a Prop 38 proponant and a senior policy analyst with the Advancement Project; Adrian Moore, vice president of policy at Reason Foundation; Chris Bushee of the California Teachers Association and Matthew Ward, vice president of Cal Lutheran University. Proposition author Molly Munger was originally scheduled to speak as well, but now will not be present.

Prop 38 is one of two initiatives that will raise income taxes on wealthy Californians and sales taxes on all Californians.

The purpose of Prop 38, is to provide a predictable stream of tax revenues in support of public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.

"Prop 38 is the hottest topic on the Nov. 6 election ballot," according to a statement from the Chamber. "The issue pits Gov. Jerry Brown against Munger, an attorney and social activist on the future of California. The Governor has said that Prop 38 is a road block to his tax initiative, Prop 30. Prop 30 would also impose a multi-year, multi-billion dollar sales and income tax for state government in general."

The forum will take place Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Woodland Hills campus of Cal Lutheran University, located at 5925 De Soto Ave.

Jo October 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM
If Prop 38 passes, it will be interesting to see how fast even more CA businesses move out of CA. They are already leaving in droves due to high taxes & horrible, regulations. Why do business here when TX, Utah and other states have a better business climate? CA is run by Democrats who think we have a revenue (lack of taxes) problem, but what we have is SPENDING problem. The public sector unions give 97% of their union dues to Democrats and those Democrats in turn give away huge salaries_pensions+benefits. Check out these websites: pensiontsunami.com http://www.fixpensionsfirst.com/ Most of us Californians have neighbors retiring on lavish public sector pensions that are much much higher than private sector pensions, and it is the private sector that pays for their pensions. Meanwhile, LA City is on the verge of bankruptcy and they have cut services to the bone. Most City departments have been cut by half to 2/3. Street sweeping on "open routes" like Devonshire, Tampa, etc. has been cut from every 4 weeks to every 26 weeks and now the sludge and trash is causing misquitoes to breed and tall weeds to grow from out streets. The tall weeds are causing our infrastructure to crumble. Those sludge filled storm drains; guess what, now LA only has 3 men to clean all the sludge filled drains for the entire SF Valley. LA City has only 1 Republican, Mitch Englander so no wonder our City is crumbling while our neighbors rake in huge pensions while teachers are laid off.
Linda Coburn October 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I think the biggest problem we have is our budgeting by ballot. The state's funds are so tied up by what they can and can't spend money on, that there is no flexibility to address changes in the greater economic environment. If we all keep voting NO on propositions that impact the state's budget, then perhaps the Legislators will get off their butts and do something useful.
william October 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Jo- that is total malarky. The union gives a small portion of its dues to a politician. A few hundred bucks is all you need to get their ear. Same for a corporation to buy their friends. As far as pension goes- those are negotiated contracts. You agree to pay as part of a contract a certain amount for retirement. Apparently those managers arent very good at negotiating so now they have to renege on their promises. When I chose to work in the private sector, it was due to higher pay and lower benefits. Civil had lower pay, good benefits light work. Now private sector doesnt pay squat and doesnt want to pay benefits either. The answer- lets cut the retirement for someone who agreed to work for less earlier. That is nt the answer either. So negotiate the retirement to be more in line. Be ready to take a work stoppage on the issue.
Milan Moravec October 24, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Best Hope to Fix California Education: teacher faculty never-say-die spirit of more learning for fewer resources. “All you have to do is spend more (Prop 30, 38) on education” should be ignored as Prop 30, 38 do not serve our state’s school and university children. Additional money (Prop 30, 38) is not the magic elixir. We are kidding ourselves by believing that education funding shortfalls disappear with Prop 30, Prop 38. Prop 30, Prop 38 levy significant taxes on each one of us. The wounds that Prop 30, 38 are to heal have been self inflicted largely by our elected Sacramento politicians who simply do not say no to any influential interest group be they teachers, University of California (29% increase in salaries last 6 years), public employees, business, or other unions or lobbyists. As election day approaches Prop 30, 38 are used by Sacramento politicians and lobbyists to blackmail us. Vote No on Prop 30, 38, 32. Save California education for our school and university children.

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