October 2, 2020

An initiative on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot presents the first attempt in five decades to modify Proposition 13’s all-but-sacred limits on property taxes. This week, we delve into Proposition 15. By requiring that commercial properties be reassessed every three years, it could generate as much as $11 billion per year, with 40% going to K-12 schools and community colleges. It wouldn’t touch restrictions on residential properties.

We focus on two highly disputed issues: Is Prop. 15 a smart way to raise education funding ? Would it harm small businesses? UC Berkeley Professor Jesse Rothstein from the Yes on 15 campaign and former Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles from the No on 15 clearly disagree on the answers.

Also: The traumatic effects on children of the wildfires savaging California will linger for months and years after the flames are out. EdSource reporter Carolyn Jones discusses what we can learn from the past experiences of devastating fires in Butte and Sonoma counties.

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