Analysis: The CTA really wants the split-roll property tax initiative on the ballot. Union members don’t seem so enthused

California teachers already pay enough in bribes to be allowed to work.  Now the bribe money is being used to kill the jobs of their spouses in the construction and housing industries.  If the unions are able to kill a major portion of Prop. 13 by allowing massive increase sin commercial and industrial property taxes, jobs will be lost, firms, close, wage increases limited.  Teachers are educated enough to know this is a bad idea.  Union leaders, they do not care—they want to get their hands on $13 billion extra everywhere.

“According to multiple CTA sources, volunteers overall collected only 60,000 signatures, or 13 percent of their quota, by the end of 2019. CTA’s performance was even worse, with the teachers union managing to turn in only 17,000 signatures, or 11 percent of its quota. In an internal memo, one CTA official said the union’s efforts were falling “woefully short” of its goal.

CTA is calling on its activists to “move into overdrive” as the deadline approaches, so teachers across the state and their friends can expect to be bombarded with requests to sign petitions.

It’s virtually certain that when all is said and done, the initiative will have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, but it’s just as certain that it will be due to the work of paid signature gatherers, who are ahead of pace.

Teachers understand this is an economy and job killer.  Their owners, the union’s bosses, do not care.  Maybe these teachers need to break away and stop paying bribes to the unions.  That would solve a lot of problems.

Analysis: The CTA really wants the split-roll property tax initiative on the ballot. Union members don’t seem so enthused

Mike Antonucci, Los Angeles School Report,  1/22/20   

The California Teachers Association has made the passage of a split-roll property tax initiative its top priority for 2020, allocating an initial investment of $6 million for the campaign. But three months into signature-gathering to place the measure on the November ballot, the union is having a difficult time elevating its members to the same level of enthusiasm.

The Schools and Communities First campaign has set a goal of 1.6 million signatures by the March 4 filing deadline. The plan was to have volunteers, particularly union members, collect 450,000 signatures, while signature-gathering firms made up the difference. Each union involved with the campaign was given a quota, and CTA’s is 150,000 signatures.

The overall collection rate has been steady. The campaign reached 250,000 signatures after about a month, and 500,000 after about two months. The latest information I have states the campaign has reached 745,000 signatures.

To make its goal, the campaign will have to ramp up its efforts over the final six weeks. The main reason is that volunteers have failed to keep pace with the paid signature gatherers.

According to multiple CTA sources, volunteers overall collected only 60,000 signatures, or 13 percent of their quota, by the end of 2019. CTA’s performance was even worse, with the teachers union managing to turn in only 17,000 signatures, or 11 percent of its quota. In an internal memo, one CTA official said the union’s efforts were falling “woefully short” of its goal.

CTA is calling on its activists to “move into overdrive” as the deadline approaches, so teachers across the state and their friends can expect to be bombarded with requests to sign petitions.

It’s virtually certain that when all is said and done, the initiative will have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, but it’s just as certain that it will be due to the work of paid signature gatherers, who are ahead of pace.

The campaign also benefited from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s veto of a bill that would have made it a misdemeanor to pay signature gatherers based on the number of signatures they collected. With the bounty system still in place, CTA and its allies can buy what they need. However, it will mean the campaign will have spent precious funds that will be unavailable when the opposition tools up.

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Comments

  1. So those commercial locations where teachers buy cars, groceries, cloths, etc. will then have increased costs. So they will have to pay more and then will demand more money from taxpayers.

    Like the snow ball rolling down unless some one turns up the heat on the Socialist Stupidity it will not stop.

  2. STEVE CAMPOS says

    Steve the statement is unfair and inacurate.
    “California teachers already pay enough in bribes to be allowed to work.”
    I am not paying a bribe. I am teacher, a Republican voter, and a proud union member. I do not always agree with everything or even most things that my (we have a 3 for one local, state, and national) unions do, but I definitely get my dues worth and have legal protection in case someone makes any kind of false accusation. If you think schools are underperforming now, the would hit rock bottom if we did not have colective bargaining rights to negotitiate our contracts, then we would be at the mercy of our Administrators. Most problems in education come from the disconnect between teachers and their Admin/School Board members.Admin is the one who mismanages the funding…not teachers. Poor Administration in any company or organization will produce poor results. Without our union protection, Administrators could go after us for whtever reason the want and that would cause people to leave the profession and then who would do the job we do? If you only knew how much teachers are suffering in the classroom these days from violent students because they are not being held accountable by Adminsitration. In short, disciplining students has left the profession. It is bad enough tht prents do not proerly discipline their children at home and now it is not getting done in the school.

    Anyway, I do not agree with your statement because it paints us all into that category. It would be like me saying you are “Fake News” becasue of CNN or are a racist, mysoginist, etc…because you support our President. My guess is you would think that is not a fair representation of you or your profession.

    • The discipline problems you and other teachers face in the class room have nothing to do with money.The point is the split roll scheme is a ploy to remove prop 13 entirely.

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