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Why is Sacramento attacking Prop 13 with seven proposals to raise property taxes by passing bonds and parcel taxes with a vote of only 55% instead of 2/3?

Because we need better people in government.

Susan Shelley for Assembly.

The seven proposals that would lower the vote needed to pass parcel taxes and bonds from the current two-thirds (as required by the state constitution and Prop 13) down to 55% are: Assembly Constitutional Amendment 8 (infrastructure bonds), Senate Constitutional Amendment 7 (library bonds), SCA 4 and SCA 8 (transportation bonds), SCA 3 (parcel taxes), SCA 9 (community development bonds) and SCA 11 (bonds for “any general purpose”).

All of these need a two-thirds vote in the Assembly and in the state Senate to get on the ballot, but once on the ballot they need only a simple majority to pass. Thereafter, local bonds that fall under these categories could be put on the ballot and would pass with a vote of 55% instead of the two-thirds vote now required. Currently, only school bonds can pass with a 55% vote, as a result of a constitutional amendment in 2000.

Why are politicians planning to rip up the Orange Line busway and replace it with light rail on the identical route at a cost of $1.8 billion?

Because we need better people in government.

Susan Shelley for Assembly.

The politicians joining the call to rip up the Orange Line busway and replace it with light rail include Matt Dababneh, Bob Blumenfield and Mitch Englander. At the urging of these politicians as well as Metro Board member and City Council member Paul Krekorian, Metro’s Board recently voted to go forward with a feasibility study of converting the Orange Line to light rail. The cost of a conversion is $100 million per mile, according to Metro. That puts the minimum cost for the 18-mile route at $1.8 billion.

There is no funding at present for this project, but the politicians are talking about paying for it with billions of dollars from “Measure R 2.0,” yet another hike in the sales tax, to be put on the ballot in 2016.

Why are gasoline prices going up 12-20 cents per gallon on January 1st with 25 percent of that money earmarked to pay for the bullet train? Because we need better people in government. Susan Shelley for Assembly. Endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

The price of gasoline in California is set to go up on January 1 by an estimated 12-20 cents per gallon because of the next phase of implementation of AB 32, the 2006 law intended to prevent global warming. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report on August 6 confirming the price increase, the result of vehicle fuels coming under the state’s cap-and-trade law. “The price increase could exceed 50 cents per gallon,” the LAO reported.

In February, the LAO estimated that this would mean the total cap-and-trade revenues through 2020 could be between $12 billion and $45 billion. A few months later, the governor and the majority party in the legislature agreed to spend 25% of this cash on the bullet train and 35% on transit projects, including high-density housing near transit stations.

The Legislative Analyst's Office report can be found here.

The details of the deal to spend the cap-and-trade money can be found here.


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Photo of Susan ShelleyWelcome. Great to meet you!

Thanks for visiting. My name is Susan Shelley, and I'm running for the California State Assembly in District 45, which includes Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Bell Canyon, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park, Winnetka, Reseda, Reseda Ranch, Tarzana, Encino, and Northridge and Chatsworth south of Devonshire Street.

I hope you'll take a look around the website to find out more about what we can do to restore economic growth and job creation to California, and how we can solve the problems that face us. It doesn't have to be like this. We can make California great again.

I'm proud to be endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. I will protect Proposition 13. You can count on it.

Here's a video of a speech I gave recently about issues facing California, including property taxes, energy and water, the budget, the bullet train and film production subsidies. During this campaign I would like to meet every voter personally, but with your schedule and my schedule, that may not be possible. I'm glad there's YouTube!

Susan Shelley for Assembly
FPPC ID #1355796
20121 Ventura Blvd., Suite 206
Woodland Hills, CA 91364