Coalition to Protect Proposition 13 Delivers More Than 40,000 Petitions to Governor

CalTax President Rob Gutierrez joined leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the California Business Roundtable and other members of the Fight For Prop 13 Coalition at an August 29 news conference to announce they have collected more than 40,000 petitions signed by California voters who support the landmark property tax initiative.

The petitions, delivered to Governor Gavin Newsom’s office after the event, ask the governor and other state officials to protect Proposition 13 from ongoing attacks in the Legislature and at the ballot box.

The diverse coalition fighting to protect taxpayers includes social justice organizations, former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, veterans’ groups, and associations representing businesses of all sizes.

CalTax CEO, Robert Gutierrez, at the Fight For Prop 13 Press Conference in 2019

“For more than 40 years, Prop. 13 has benefited all Californians,” Gutierrez said. “Had it not passed, homeowners and businesses would find themselves paying tens of thousands of dollars more in property taxes on both homes and businesses, resulting in higher rents for renters and higher costs for small business owners.”

Alice Huffman, president of the California-Hawaii State Conference of the NAACP, told reporters: “Ownership remains the primary path to building wealth for minorities, and at a time when African-American ownership is at an all-time low, weakening Prop. 13 will make building wealth harder to do. Millennial voters of color need to understand that Prop. 13 protects our communities and collective mobility. We intend to make sure they know how important Prop. 13 is to the prosperity of the communities in which they live.”

Perata, a Democrat who represented a district in Oakland during a two-year stint in the Assembly (1996 to 1998) and for 10 years in the Senate (1998 to 2008), said: “Without question Prop. 13 has protected fixed income and family homeowners by reducing the volatility and uncertainty they faced every tax year. That’s why voters have maintained support over the years.”

Other speakers at the news conference included Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable; Robert Apodaca, executive director of United Latinos Vote; Frederik A. Romero, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who serves as state commander of the American GI Forum of California; and John Kabateck, director of the California chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“Prop. 13 is the only protection California families, renters, homeowners and businesses have that keeps property taxes low and costs down,” Lapsley said. “In a state with the highest income, sales and gas tax, we can’t afford higher property taxes. That is why we are reminding Californians about Proposition 13’s importance and why it must be protected.”

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