For Immediate Release
March 1, 2018
CA PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION SAYS: CLOSE THE PROP 13 CORPORATE LOOPHOLE
The loophole closure would provide $11 billion every year to public services as part of the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the California State Parent Teacher Association announced its support for the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018. With more than 750,000 members, California State PTA is the state’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to improve the education, health and well-being of all children and families.
“California State PTA strongly supports the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act,” said California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald. “Our schools have been desperately underfunded for years, and we need this measure to ensure our children have the resources they need in order to learn. PTA believes it is necessary to close corporate loopholes that are starving our schools of much needed funding, so that our schools have resources to give our young people a world-class education. We urge parents across the state to support this act to give classrooms – and our children – the funding they need.”
The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act, led by Advancement Project California, California Calls, Common Sense Kids Action, Evolve California, League of Women Voters of California, and PICO California, would provide $11 billion every year to K-12 education and local schools by assessing commercial/industry properties at fair market value. Under Proposition 13, corporations and billionaires are allowed to take advantage of this provision to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes. The proposed reform would eliminate this loophole, while ensuring protections for agriculture, small businesses, homeowners, and renters.
Since the passage of Prop. 13, spending per student in California has dramatically decreased. The state’s K-12 education quality has followed suit, dropping from 14th in the national rankings to 41st over the past 40 years.
Last week, the coalition was cleared by the Office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to start collecting the 584,407 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. The loophole closure picked up a key endorsement from technology entrepreneur and philanthropist David Bohnett as well, who penned his support in the Mercury News.
Veronica Carrizales, Policy and Campaign Development Director of California Calls, issued this statement following the California State PTA endorsement:
“We are grateful for the support of parents and teachers across California. California State PTA is a dedicated leader advocating for the success of our children and the future of our state. The strength of our movement comes from the dedication of families and communities, and we are proud to welcome the PTA into the fold. I look forward to working with California State PTA and our other partners to build support for this measure.”
For more information on the measure, visit www.SchoolFundingNow.com.
As a campaign, we have tremendous respect for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s decades of service in the U.S. Senate.
But in this moment, and with Trump as our president, we must put forward our most progressive, passionate voices.
That’s why the news out of last weekend’s convention — that the party would not endorse their incumbent Senator — was so earth-shattering.
Just look at the headlines:
“Feinstein loses California Democratic Party’s endorsement”
—The Washington Post
“In Blow to Dianne Feinstein, California Democrats Won’t Endorse Senate Run”
—The New York Times
“California Democrats’ snub of party icon Dianne Feinstein could be a speed bump — or a signal”
—The Los Angeles Times
One of the reasons Senator Feinstein didn’t receive the endorsement, according to folks at the convention, was her lack of presence at California Democratic events throughout the year.
“But the senator from San Francisco is not a frequent presence at state party events, a point raised often over the weekend. ‘We have not seen her in 25 years,’ Latino caucus chairman Carlos Alcala said to hoots from the audience after Feinstein chose not to address their meeting.”
As Senate President and a product of San Diego, Kevin will never forget where he came from or who he is. And that means he’ll always have our backs.
Thanks for stepping up,
For Immediate Release
HERNANDEZ WINS LONG BEACH YOUNG DEMS ENDORSEMENT IN LT. GOV RACE
Keeps Up Winning Streak of Back-to-Back Endorsements
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Securing more crucial support in the race for California Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Ed Hernandez earned the backing of the Long Beach Young Democrats.
Expressing his gratitude for the endorsement, Senator Hernandez released the following statement:
“I really appreciate this support from the Long Beach Young Democrats. These young activists are inspiring and their energy and enthusiasm are what we need to help elect strong Democrats up and down the ballot across California. Their endorsement means a great deal to me.”
This past weekend Senator Hernandez was the top vote getter among delegates at the California Democratic Party convention. With 1,157 votes cast in his favor at the California Democratic Party convention, Senator Hernandez received more delegate votes than any candidate running for Governor of California, where the top vote getter earned 1,087 votes, as well as more votes than California’s incumbent U.S. Senator, who received 1,023. Senator Hernandez triumphed at convention despite not surpassing the high 60% vote threshold required to win the endorsement.
Recently, State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez rolled out a new digital video ad, titled “Proven Progressive,” in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor. The ad highlights some of the Senator’s high-powered endorsements, including from the California Nurses Association and the California Teachers Association, along with his 100% legislative voting scorecard from organizations like the California Labor Federation* and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Advocates*.
To view Senator Hernandez’ video ad, “Proven Progressive,” click here.
Significantly, recently California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ groundbreaking drug transparency bill, SB-17, into law. Senator Hernandez’ latest digital video ad, titled, “Life or Death,” features a moving testimonial from Kendall Renee, who is allergic to more than 95% of foods and carries at least four EpiPens with her at all times. Renee highlights Senator Hernandez’ efforts to combat skyrocketing drug costs in the ad.
View Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot.
To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here.
View Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled “A California Story,“.
A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities. As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.
Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.
For more information, please visit www.edhernandez4ca.com.