by Leland Traiman.
As the person who originated the concept of square footage taxation in 1980, I am writing to urge voters to oppose the Alameda Unified School District’s Measure B1 on the November ballot.
Measure B1 violates state law, funds some students and schools but not others, and is unnecessary because the current parcel tax doesn’t expire for another 2 years.
Well, at least they aren’t pretending to hear both sides like they usually do…
Tomorrow night’s City of Alameda Denocratic Club forum will discuss the utility tax measure, the rent control measures and the school parcel tax measure, but only from one side. Opponents of these measures were not invited to speak.
How very UNdemocratic.
The move represents a new low in Alameda machine politics as the controlling inner ring has abandoned even the pretense of civil discussion over the issues.
Alameda Unified School District’s parcel tax renewal, Measure B1, retains the annual cap that benefits large corporations, a cap that was put in place with the current in-effect parcel tax in 2011.
Will the Alameda League of Women Voters structure a fair and open forum on Measure B1, the Alameda Unified School District parcel tax renewal measure, on the ballot this November?
Those who have been following will remember that in 2011, the League set up a forum that gave the school district 30 minutes of time to advocate for their measure, before a forum that heard from proponents and opponents of the tax.
The school district, which put the measure on the ballot, is, de facto, a proponent of the measure, so the upshot was that the League was setting up an unfair forum, one that gave proponents of the measure an additional 30 minutes to argue their case.
Alameda SOS, the proponent organization, couldn’t bear the thought of losing in the court of public opinion then, so they backed out of any forum. They didn’t want to discuss the measure on equal footing – only with an unfair advantage.
With the proponents back out again this time?
Will the League of Women Voters set up a biased forum again?