Prop 30 Advocates to Rally in Todos Santos Plaza

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will join Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla Wednesday evening for a rally in Todos Santos Plaza in support of Prop 30. Are you in favor?

Downtown Concord will become the headquarters of the Prop 30 movement Wednesday evening, as supporters rally for higher taxes to fund education.

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, who represents the 11th District that includes Concord, is hosting  Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is attending, as well as former State Superintendent Delaine Eastin and members of the Mount Diablo Education Association.

The rally starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 and goes until 6:30 p.m.

Californians will vote on Proposition 30 in the Nov. 6 election. According to the 2012 California Voter Guide, Prop 30 is a tax initiative that does the following:

  • Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years.
  • Increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years.
  • Allocates temporary tax revenues 89% to K–12 schools and 11% to community colleges.
  • Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how funds are to be spent.
  • Guarantees funding for public safety services realigned from state to local governments.

Revenue estimates for Prop 30 range between $6.8 billion to $9 billion. 

According to the Mount Diablo Education Association, if Prop 30 fails to pass, the district would lose 11 days of instruction and staff would face pay cuts of around 6 percent.

For full details, plus arguments for and against Prop 30, check out BallotPedia.

Do you support Prop 30? Why/Why not? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Tim October 13, 2012 at 07:16 AM
voting NO on 30 and 38 As a sample, the following are the Top 10 of the CalSTERS $250K Pension Club: James C Enochs, Modesto City, $296,555.40/year; Frederick Wentworth, San Joaquin, $290,484.84/year; Edward Hernandez Jr., Rancho Santiago, $286,396.20/year; Virginia Shattuck, Norwalk-LA, $282,770.28/year; Donnalyn Jaque-Anton, LAUSD, $273,713.40/year; James F. Smith, Evergreen Elementary, $272,182.32/year; Brockton Wagner, Tustin Unified, $270,234.24/year; Christine A. Lim, San Leandro Unified, $268,728.60/year; Marilyn L. Miller, Hillsborough City, $263,563.92/year; Rudy M. Castruita, San Diego County, $258,694.92/year. Over 5,250 retired teachers get over $100K/year in pensions via our tax dollars. 20,000 retired California Correctional Officers make over $120K/year in lifelong pensions. Other unions are also in this food chain. They need Prop 30 to continue to keep them in champagne and steak, courtesy of the Cal taxpayers. the tax measures where created to give themselves raises!
John T. Green October 18, 2012 at 06:09 AM
There aren't 5000 former teachers earning $100k pensions. The people on this list are administrators. Few teachers will ever earn $100k annually, including benefits. Our pensions are typically 60% of our former salary. Vote against school funding all you want, the administrators will keep the paychecks and kick the cuts on down to the classroom. I'm voting YES on 30.


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