No on 98, Yes on 99

No on 98, Yes on 99

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   League of Women Voters of California No on 98 Commerical AARP No on 98 Commercial Background After having defeated the similarly intentioned Proposition 90 in 2006, local governments were again faced with a measure that would have greatly restricted land use control at the local level. In 2008 Proposition 98 was placed on the ballot as a Trojan horse measure that would have actually abolished rent control in California cities. Strategic Challenge The Challenge that local governments faced in the No on 98/ Yes on 99 campaign was to defeat a poorly crafted and dangerous measure that would hurt local control. City officials decided that the most effective defense was a good offense. Local government officials once again joined forces to run a counter measure in the form of…
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Proposition 22

Proposition 22

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Background In the years following the passage of Prop 1A, the State Legislature began funneling local tax dollars away from their intended sources and towards state coffers. In 2009, the California State Legislature raided about $5 billion from city, county, transit, redevelopment and special district funds. It was clear that another measure was needed to further protect, hotel taxes, parcel taxes, utility taxes, local public transit funds, Prop 42 gas tax revenues, and HUTA funds from state raids. On October 20, 2009 The League of CA Cities along with an alliance of local governments groups filed language with the secretary of state for a ballot measure to protect these funds. Strategic Challenge Faced with a crowded November election ballot and a relatively difficult challenge of gathering signatures and getting the…
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Prop 1A

Prop 1A

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  Prop 1A Commercial Background Following years of state raids on local revenue streams, cities, counties, special districts and numerous local government coalition members set out to protect these funds and strengthen local control. Proposition 1A was placed on the ballot as a way to keep local revenues at the local level as they were intended to be used. Strategic Challenge Prop 1A was the first foray into statewide ballot measure advocacy for many local government officials. This presented an organizational and fundraising challenge given the complexity of this type of campaign. To meet this organizational challenge local government officials formed the LOCAL (Leave Our Community Assets Local) Coalition. City Officials began campaigning and raising funds for the ballot measure campaign. CitiPAC Funds played a crucial role in the coalition’s…
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