SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday, the San Diego Union-Tribune published a scathing editorial opposing California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s biased title and summary for the split-roll measure. The biased wording gives the proponents an unfair advantage at passing their $12.5 billion-a-year property tax increase. The measure received its title and summary last week, sparking outrage across the state for the blatant misrepresentation in what is supposed to be a nonpartisan, impartial analysis for voters. Proponents of the split-roll property tax hike are now collecting signatures to qualify the measure for the November 3, 2020, ballot.
“For decades, the state Attorney General’s Office has manipulated California voters by drafting misleading ballot descriptions,” the editorial said. “Now here we go again.”
“Becerra should be ashamed — and his office should be stripped of ballot summary duties in perpetuity. But first someone should sue over this new abuse of power. One of the biggest state tax hikes in history shouldn’t be downplayed as a tax ‘change,'” the editorial board said.
Earlier this week, the Southern California News Group published an editorial in all 11 of its newspapers, calling the split-roll title and summary “the most disreputable ballot description” they’ve ever seen.
Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes, a coalition of businesses, taxpayers, homeowners and renters, has been fighting to protect Proposition 13 and oppose a split roll for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.StopHigherPropertyTaxes.org.