EdSource Today: EdSource offers infographic to clarify Props. 30/38 confusion

By Louis Freedberg

If you are confused about the differences between Propositions 30 and 38, the competing initiatives that will raise billions of dollars for California public schools, you are not alone.

The initiatives deal with what is arguably the most complex public policy issue in California today – how our public schools are financed.

To help reduce voter confusion, EdSource, founded 35 years ago to clarify complex education issues, has for the first time produced a visually appealing infographic – in this case to clarify for voters the main similarities and differences between the two initiatives.

via EdSource offers infographic to clarify Props. 30/38 confusion – by Louis Freedberg.

SacBee: Jerry Brown seeks college students’ support for Proposition 30

By Laurel Rosenhall

It’s not often the youngest voters can weigh in on something that will have an immediate and concrete impact on their lives. But that’s the case with a tax measure on California’s Nov. 6 ballot known as Proposition 30.

If it passes, California State University plans to lower tuition in January and send $250 refund checks to students for the higher rate they paid this term. Tuition at the University of California would stay flat for the next semester.

If it fails, CSU plans to admit 20,000 fewer new students for the fall. Cal State tuition is set to go up 5 percent in January, the same month that UC officials have said they would raise tuition by about 20 percent, to around $15,800 a year.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/16/4914620/jerry-brown-seeks-college-students.html#mi_rss=Education#storylink=cpy

via Jerry Brown seeks college students’ support for Proposition 30.

Vallejo Times-Herald: Benicia school board to take stand on state propositions

The Benicia school board will wade into the California political debate Thursday by voting on two resolutions supporting one statewide initiative and dismissing another.

One of the resolutions throws the board’s opinion on the side of Proposition 30, which would impose a quarter-cent sales tax and raise income taxes on the top 1 percent of earners.

via Benicia school board to take stand on state propositions.

Dan Walters: Jerry Brown’s tax hike in jeopardy

As he began his second governorship last year, Jerry Brown warned that California faced a potential “war of all against all” if the state budget was not fairly balanced, or as the former Catholic seminarian put it in Latin, “bellum omnium contra omnes.”

Brown now has the war he didn’t want as Proposition 30, the tax increase ballot measure upon which he has staked his governorship, and perhaps his place in political history, is hammered from the left and the right by two very wealthy siblings, Charles and Molly Munger.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/14/4909934/dan-walters-jerry-browns-tax-hike.html#mi_rss=Dan%20Walters#storylink=cpy

via Dan Walters: Jerry Brown’s tax hike in jeopardy.

Dan Morain: Brown struggles against Mungers

Gov. Jerry Brown must be feeling like he has left California and landed in the State of Munger.

It’s not a hospitable place. Mungerland is populated by Molly and Charles Munger, two of nine children of Charles Munger, the billionaire partner of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

The offspring have plenty of money, too, as Brown is finding as he tries to win passage of Proposition 30, the $6 billion-a-year tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/14/4907717/brown-struggles-against-mungers.html#mi_rss=California%20Forum#storylink=cpy

via Dan Morain: Brown struggles against Mungers.

Daily Republic Letter: Yes on Proposition 30

Jeanette Wylie


Travis schools were closed Monday, Oct. 8. This closure was not to celebrate the Columbus Day holiday. In fact, this closure was not a holiday at all. Travis schools were closed, and students along with their teachers were forced to stay home, because Travis could not afford to open its doors.

Columbus Day was the first of this year’s “furlough days.” In addition to $20 billion in state cuts to education over the past four years, Travis Unified is scheduled to lose an additional $2.4 million for the 2012-13 school year. This translates to the loss of 11 instructional days, or “furlough days,” at a time when standards and expectations are higher than ever.

via Yes on Proposition 30.

SacBee Editorial: Munger’s attack on Jerry Brown’s initiative could kill both

No one should doubt that Los Angeles civil rights attorney Molly Munger is passionate about improving public schools in California.

She has proved that by putting her money where her beliefs are, spending $31 million to promote Proposition 38, her initiative to raise income taxes by $10 billion a year to fund schools.

That’s all within the bounds of the California initiative process, in which wealthy interests and philanthropists propose initiatives and try to convince voters of the wisdom of their concepts.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/11/4900716/mungers-attack-on-jerry-browns.html#mi_rss=Editorials#storylink=cpy

via Editorial: Munger’s attack on Jerry Brown’s initiative could kill both.

EdSource Today: Stop, or you’re getting a time out! A parent’s plea to Molly Munger and Jerry Brown

By Crystal Brown

As a parent, I’ve learned a few effective strategies over the years for those moments when chaos reigns in my house. 

Now, however, I would like to apply one of the old “effective parenting techniques” to the political circles of both Molly Munger and Gov. Jerry Brown: “TIME OUT!”

Please stop poking holes in each other’s efforts! Have you forgotten for whom you are advocating? Have you forgotten who loses if you both lose? Let me remind you: our kids! 

As the November election nears, I am absolutely appalled and heartbroken as I watch the teams behind Ms. Munger’s Proposition 38 and Gov. Brown’s Proposition 30 campaigns continue to take aim at each other in print  and on television.

via Stop, or you’re getting a time out! A parent’s plea to Molly Munger and Jerry Brown – by Crystal Brown.

The Reporter: Munger launches attack ad against Prop. 30

By Mike Rosenberg/ San Jose Mercury News

In a move that threatens to kill Gov. Jerry Brown’s pivotal tax-hike initiative, a wealthy California schools advocate backing an alternative measure launched a multimillion-dollar ad campaign Tuesday attacking the governor’s proposition.

The TV spots bankrolled by civil rights attorney Molly Munger, the daughter of a billionaire hedge fund manager, represents the first significant opposition against Brown’s Proposition 30, which would raise taxes on the wealthy and hike sales taxes to stave off another round of cuts in K-12 schools and higher education.

The irony of the attack is that it doesn’t come from someone who is anti-tax. Instead, it comes from someone who just likes her tax better.

via Munger launches attack ad against Prop. 30.

California Progress Report: Prop 38: A Different Take on the Problem of Education Funding

By Sheila Kuehl

This is the second in a series of essays analyzing the Propositions appearing on California’s November ballot. This essay describes Proposition 38, which amends state statutes (not the Constitution) to increase state income tax for any Californian earning more than $7316 a year, and allocates the increased revenues to K-12 education, state debt and early childhood education. I’ll also address what happens if both the tax measures, Propositions 30 and 38, should pass.

via Prop 38: A Different Take on the Problem of Education Funding.

EdSource Today: Prop 38 video

By John Fensterwald

It is what supporters of Proposition 30, Gov. Brown’s education funding initiative, suspected and feared would happen. In a new 30-second TV ad that circulated today, the rival campaign of Proposition 38 takes pot shots at Prop 30.

Prop 38 funder Molly Munger  promised Sunday that the campaign would be “compare and contrast” ads to tell the truth about false statements in Prop 30’s TV ads. With its new ad, Prop 38 has now contributed misleading claims of its own, signaling a potentially costly  escalation of a battle for voters’ attention that would probably best be waged promoting a common cause – raising more money for schools – instead of sniping over differences.

via Prop 38 video – by John Fensterwald.

EdSource Today: Rift widens between backers of ed initiatives 30 and 38

By John Fensterwald and Kathryn Baron

All pretense of goodwill is gone between backers of the two competing education tax measures on November’s ballot. 

State Board of Education President Mike Kirst and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg joined union leaders Monday in sending a strongly worded letter to Molly Munger, the primary backer of Proposition 38, asking her not to run TV ads criticizing Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s school funding measure. Kirst also emailed an undisclosed number of PTA leaders, implying they should pressure Munger “to do all in your power to stop this destructive course of action.” The state PTA, bucking education groups representing school boards, unions, and administrators, is a co-sponsor, with Munger, of Prop 38.

via Rift widens between backers of ed initiatives 30 and 38 – by John Fensterwald and Kathryn Baron.

Daily Republic Letter: Why I support Proposition 30

Laura Takeda


I am writing to plead for a “yes” vote on Proposition 30. I am a teacher who has taught in the Fairfield-Suisun District for more than 30 years.

Funding for schools in our state and district has been slashed drastically for several years now. We’ve been forced to increase class sizes at almost every grade level. All schools are getting dramatically short on money to purchase basic necessities such as tissues, binder paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies.

via Why I support Proposition 30.

SacBee Endorsements: ‘Yes’ on Jerry Brown’s Prop. 30; ‘No’ on Munger’s Prop. 38

Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to raise taxes by $6 billion a year is vital to California’s future on many different levels.

Although purists might have wished for an alternative with wiser tax policy, Proposition 30 is the measure that is before the electorate on the Nov. 6 ballot. It warrants a “yes” vote.

The budget approved earlier this year includes $6 billion in cuts that would be imposed if Proposition 30 fails. The biggest cuts, $5.4 billion, would fall on public schools, forcing local officials to shorten the school year by weeks, a disastrous prospect. Public universities would endure another $500 million cut, and raise tuition again.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/07/4886193/endorsements-yes-on-jerry-browns.html#mi_rss=California%20Forum#storylink=cpy

via Endorsements: ‘Yes’ on Jerry Brown’s Prop. 30; ‘No’ on Munger’s Prop. 38.

The Reporter: Solano Community College students plan voter registration drive on campus

To raise awareness about two state propositions on the November ballot, Solano Community College faculty and students plan a voter registration drive and campus forum, featuring a free barbecue and live music, Tuesday in Vacaville and Vallejo and Wednesday in Fairfield.

Airing the pros and cons of Props. 30 and 32 will be the focus, events spokesman Nicholas Cittadino said in an e-mail.

Open to the public, the events will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Vacaville and Vallejo centers, 2001 N. Village and 545 Columbus parkways, respectively.

via Solano Community College students plan voter registration drive on campus.

Daily Republic Opinion: Time ripe to get out the vote against Prop 30 and 38

The Fairfield-Suisun School’s District governing board voted unanimously to support state tax increase measures Propositions 30 and 38. That was naive. These are “trust me, baby” measures from a state that deserves no trust, one that tried to loot the First 5 trust fund, has looted redevelopment and taken money from mental health and schools.

Proposition 30 is intended to “help balance the budget,” not fund school programs. Proposition 38 is to fund early childhood education. The state policy reflected in its Foundations publications is do not educate. They are “not educating” very well without additional money. Propositions 30 and 38 are no-no propositions.

via Time ripe to get out the vote.

Vallejo Times-Herald: Solano Community College faculty and students to hold election forum

FAIRFIELD — In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of Propositions 30 and 32, Solano Community College faculty and the Associated Students will launch a student voter registration drive 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday on the Fairfield campus.

The event will include a free campus barbecue with food provided by L&L Hawaiian BBQ, plus music by The Spinheads.

Local and state officials have been invited to speak about the issues, including a Solano County supervisor, professor Tonmar Johnson, political activist Bonnie Silvera, and student leaders.

via Solano Community College faculty and students to hold election forum.

SacBee — Opinion: Peter Schrag: Jerry Brown helped create the tax trap that now ensnares him

Among Sacramento wonks the conventional wisdom long held that attorney Molly Munger’s Proposition 38 could kill Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30.

Both call for new taxes. Both are to benefit schools. Both are complicated.

That, goes the theory, will generate enough doubt and confusion to lead voters to reject both.

The latest polls reinforce earlier findings that Proposition 30 is a cliffhanger and that Proposition 38 will lose, despite the nearly $28 million that the deep-pocketed Munger, a longtime civil rights activist, has pumped into it. That’s not surprising. Munger proposes to tax you and me.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/03/4876291/peter-schrag-jerry-brown-helped.html#mi_rss=Opinion#storylink=cpy

via Peter Schrag: Jerry Brown helped create the tax trap that now ensnares him.

Dan Walters: Gov. Jerry Brown channels Gray Davis on bill actions

Jerry Brown turned a little gray in the last week – as in Gray Davis, the onetime Brown underling who later became governor himself until recalled by voters.

Davis was the most risk-averse California governor of recent history, a political bean counter who avoided controversy; carefully, but minimally, paid his obligations to supporters; and insisted on full payments from those who owed him.

Brown seemed to be channeling Davis as he signed and vetoed hundreds of bills that a liberal Legislature passed in the final days of the 2012 session.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/03/4876337/dan-walters-gov-jerry-brown-channels.html#mi_rss=Dan%20Walters#storylink=cpy

via Dan Walters: Gov. Jerry Brown channels Gray Davis on bill actions.