Proposition 13 is hanging by a thread

Last session, a number of constitutional amendments that would undermine Proposition 13 protections for California’s taxpayers were introduced by Democratic legislators in Sacramento. These bills would lower the threshold to approve bonds and raise taxes to 55 percent from the current two-thirds required by the State Constitution.

If passed, these amendments would impact elections related to raising the school parcel tax, transportation projects, library bonds, development projects and infrastructure bonds.

So far, Assembly Constitutional Amendment 8 (ACA 8), which passed the Assembly on June 15, is the only one of these proposed amendments that passed its house of origin.

Prospects for final passage of any of these bills have now become more complicated. Since they would amend the constitution, a two-thirds vote in each house is required prior to their being submitted to the voters for final approval.

Unfortunately for supporters, recent events in the Senate have eliminated the Democratic “supermajority” necessary for passage of these constitutional amendments. Two senators have taken leaves of absence due to ethics violations and it is unlikely that the “supermajority” will be re-assembled in time to pass any of these bills.

Whatever the final outcome for the two senators on leave, it appears that Proposition 13 protections for California’s taxpayers will remain in place, at least for now. Rest assured, I will do everything in my power to protect Proposition 13 and the pocketbooks of California’s hardworking taxpayers.

By Calif. State Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-75th District)

24 Responses to "Proposition 13 is hanging by a thread"

  1. Lee   March 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    And if we had a TRUE democracy in which WE, THE PEOPLE call the shots and vote on things directly, none of this would happen in the first place.

    But we don’t. Oh well.

  2. Pink   March 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    We The People DID vote for Proposition 13 Lee, and WE passed it overwhelmingly!!!! Now the Democrats, who have bankrupted our state, want to over turn it to try and get more money for their bottomless pit programs. That means that hundreds of thousands of seniors will be evicted from their homes. What possible good will that do for the state coffers? As usual the Democrats are thinking with the wrong end of their anatomy.

  3. Ray (the real one)   March 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Anyone catch the AP wire today?

    Democrat Senator Leiland Yee, the most liberal, anti gun guy in Sacramento was arrested for federal gun charges and a host of other charges. If convicted, this dummy faces 125 years in federal prison.

    Read the story, it says he`s connected to one of those Chinese Triad gangs that dabble in weapons, drugs, child prostitution and……. murder.

    Now in an unrelated story, it listed all the other state democrats in legal troubles and the list is pretty long, than add the federal democrats to the list and you can only wonder why we have what we have, a disaster.

    Although Obozo`s Belgium speech today was somewhat impressive, he still is to the rest of the world, an empty suit and to the rest of the country an empty chair. (see Obozo`s approval ratings released today).

    Is this the type of government we want in Sacramento and in Washington?

    Let`s start locally by sending Edmond (Jerry) Brown and his 1970`s flunkies into retirement.

    Then tell Barbara (babs) Boxer, Diane (I never had a concealed gun permit) Feinstein, Nancy (botox is exempt from Obamacare) Pelosi, no more, your history.

    I don`t know about you but I love this country, I believe in freedom and I don`t think the government should tell me how to live, how to raise my kids, which doctor I can see and the only way to restore this country to the oasis in the desert it once was is to eliminate these power hungry, controlling, know it all democrats from our political spectrum.

    Marie, your one light in a tunnel of darkness, time to illuminate Sacramento and….. Washington, change the nonsense.

  4. Ray (the real one)   March 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm


    Proposition #13 died a decade ago, it`s long gone.

  5. Ian   March 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Pink, none of the proposals being discussed would remove any protections from home owners or seniors whatsoever. You should check your facts and look at what is actually being proposed before offering your comments.

    The most common reform being proposed would simply allow NON-residential commercial properties to be reassessed at their fair market value (the same way every other state in the country does it). No seniors will be kicked out of their homes, period.

  6. Pink   March 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you Ian, I stand corrected. I will check into what you say however, because that is not what other people have been told, and frankly I wouldn’t trust the Democrats any farther than I can throw them. Leland Yee being a prime example.

  7. Ian   March 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Pink, "other people have not been told" because opponents do not want you to focus on the real issue. They want you to be fretting about senior citizens (who will not be affected by this) because they have no legitimate argument against reforming Prop 13 in the way that is ACTUALLY proposed. Your don’t need to trust the Democrats; this proposal would have to be approved by a majority of California voters (the same way Prop 13 was passed in the first place).

  8. GRUNT   March 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    And, says the demo’s …"If you like your Dr you can keep him" along with "..we have to pass to see what is in it". Yep, trust the Democrats…to screw you.

  9. Ray (the real one)   March 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    The “D” in Democrat actually means “double standard”.

    Anyone surf the “lefty news” today? Politico, not a squeak about Leiland Yee and “Radical Madcow” made it sound like he had delinquent parking tickets, not that this anti-gun nut tried to broker an arms deal and his connection with the Chinese Triad gangs in San Francisco who deal drugs, pimp out children, extort money and kill people. This man makes Bill Clinton look like the next Pope.

    Like Obozo, we need to call these clowns out and expose their double standard and alleged superiority before it`s too late.

    I think that “WE” need to vote responsible, not for a party but the right person for the job, All I know is that “I WILL” scrutinize my ballot carefully.

    Let1s show our outrage at the ballot box.

  10. Hmm   March 28, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Ray thanks for the is never addressed when liberals break the law..but it’s front page when reversed! finally our media is starting to report on the previously biased reports….everyone reading this paper should read about senator Yee…and hope that this isn’t swept under the carpet…

  11. Ray (the real one)   March 28, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Hmm: I hate censorship in any form. Media should do the news without any bias or agenda.

  12. Really?   March 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

    mmm, taste the rainbow of hypocrisy.

    It’s not just this case. This is the third democrat Senator in CA to be arrested or indicted this year, and it’s only March. It has been a good week though. 5 different democrats did the Perp walk to jail so far nationwide.

    Guns for Senator Yee, but not for thee! Forward!

  13. Pink   March 28, 2014 at 11:03 am

    How do you spell hypocrites. It is amazing, the democratic party appears to be handing the next election to the republicans on a platter. I’m amazed the usual "talking heads" on this blog aren’t blaming the whole thing on FOX News and the Tea Party. I imagine that even they know how utterly ridiculous that would be.

  14. Ray (the real one)   March 28, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Funny…… Jon Monday is strangely silent lately.

    No propaganda is good propaganda.

  15. Ryan   March 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Just scratched the surface of this…This is just the beginning of this story. Eric Holder will ride to the rescue, and this story will disappear…

    Alas, I foresee somehow Democrat Senator Yee will be made the "Victim" some how. It won’t be long for the tattered worn out "race card" to make its center stage appearance as the usual counter-measure to the expose of yet another Hypocritical Democrat. NEVERMIND that Yee, and the two other Democrat Crooks will continue receiving their $95,291 annual salaries whilst suspended.

  16. Donna Lee Webb   March 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I saw the story about Yee extensively covered on the Rachel Maddow Show the very same day he was arrested. It made the front page of the LA Times. So much for so called liberal bias against conservatives and their issues.

  17. wondering   March 28, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Is "Duke" Cunningham out of prison yet? Should we review the names of all the hypocritical Republican office holders in this state and across the country that have been arrested / convicted of crimes?

  18. Pink   March 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Go right ahead Wondering. A criminal is a criminal. I excuse no one, but Yee not only voted for laws that would abolish the second amendment, he did it while procuring weapons for gangsters. I would like to see him in a cell adjacent to Cunninghams!! Yee is the lowest form of humanity.

  19. grunt   March 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Pink, wondering – do you see the difference- Pink does not (have never seen a post anyway) say- my guy did something wrong, but so did yours so my guy is ok"; she, and most conservatives seem to be against ALL wrong doers- she, we, they, do NOT look to see is there is (D) or (R) behind their name. Like Kobe Bryant said about the the Martin case (as was widely chastised by the more out spoken Black Leaders) "

  20. Pink   March 31, 2014 at 11:14 am

    You are correct Grunt. When a republican does something wrong it makes me mad and ashamed. Evidently some democrats only want to play the blame game, "my guy did wrong but so did yours, so there". How about just admitting that Yee is a criminal. Cunningham conned a lot of people, he took the public trust and stomped on it. He misused his position to line his own pockets because he was greedy. What he did is reprehensible. Leland Yee is also reprehensible. So much for criminals not being able to get guns if they abolish the second amendment. Yee just proved they can and will, while attempting to disarm honest Americans. How low can you get?

  21. Ray (the real one)   April 2, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Got to love these demmies. Today, Obozo blows his horn saying that Obozocare was a success’over seven million now registered. Well that is the population of San Diego County, what about the rest of the country?

    If you work out the numbers Obozo boasts about, thats one registered in one million or so, to demmies thats money well spent, I call it spending $100 to make a buck.

  22. Really?   April 2, 2014 at 8:05 am

    The reason people still can live in California despite its almost infinite inconvenience and the ongoing hatred of the rest of the United States is Prop 13. In a fit of reasonableness we passed a proposition that prevented local and state governmental entities from taxing us out of our homes. If we hadn’t we would indeed be Detroit or Chicago.

    Now these goofball Liberals are working hard to remove Prop 13 but so far they’ve failed…But, when they finally do remove Prop 13, all our fiscal problems will be solved and our hard working legislature will get the pay raises they deserve, illegals will get free dental and counseling and every bait fish will be hand carried to the ocean..

    Last one to leave California please turn out the lights.

  23. grunt   April 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I though the great leader Brown had declared a surplus in the bidget (before he started spending again) based on the temporary taxes he increase. If we are in the black, why increase property taxes..or never mind, forgot he is a dem, never enough of others people money to give away.

  24. Really?   April 4, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Californians deserve what they got. An activist, leftist government mouthing
    redistributionist and class warfare rhetoric peddled to their government-dependent mascots who vote for them;
    Useful idiots fooled by ambiguous drone slogans of "change" and "equity".

    All whilst handing out favors to the crony-capitalist and rent-seeking wealthy, crushing & taxing the tiny middle-class, and coddling a monolithic, Spanish-speaking underclass in constant poverty.

    We’ve become Bolivia…. Ol


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