Don't try to overturn Prop. 13
It's with considerable anxiety that I see school board President Richard Raushenbush and members of the Piedmont Unified School District board will be asked to adopt Resolution No. 22-2012-13 calling upon the state Legislature to once again challenge Proposition 13.
As I see it, this action, if adopted by the Legislature, will be just one more of the never-ending attacks on property owners in California; intended to eventually cause the demise of Prop. 13. The politicians of California won't ever be satisfied until they have overturned this protection for all property owners, commercial or residential.
I have contacted the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association about the proposal. Please heed the warnings indicated by these concerns and reject the proposed resolution.
Paper's quality much improved
In the last few months, I have noticed a significant increase in the coverage of local issues and events in the weekly Montclarion. I am really enjoying the expanded info about Oakland government, crime and local neighborhood events and issues.
It appears as if more advertising is allowing the paper to spread its wings in good ways. Congratulations on the good work the staff are doing.
Schools' funding formula right
Recently, the California Supreme Court denied Alameda Unified's petition for review of the Borikas decision, which upended that district's parcel tax and led the Piedmont Unified School District to completely remake our school support tax into a flat tax.
We now know that our school board's cautious decision was the right one, since Measure A meets this newly-affirmed legal standard. Now the venue for action shifts to the state Legislature, which I hope will amend the applicable statute to give districts' back the authority to tailor parcel taxes to fit different lot sizes and land uses.