Sign up for Speakers’ Bureau on Prop. 13 Reform!

photo for reforming prop 13The Civics Ed/Prop. 13 Reform Team is welcoming recruits for its Speakers’ Bureau to spread the word to groups in Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville about Making the Commercial Property Tax More Fair!  Not only LWVBAE members and nonmembers with experience in Voter Outreach or former teachers but anyone with a yen for public speaking is encouraged to contact Speakers’ Bureau organizers:
Bobbie Spike (510 525-2077,,
Pat Tostenson (415 382-6484,,
Esteem Brumfield (510 575-7141,,
Elise Mills (510 303-0278,
or Ruby MacDonald (510 524-8961,

To Learn more about the League’s Campaign to circulate an Initiative Petition,

Sign Up for On-Line Training: The state League be talking about the campaign, including reaching out to local Make It Fair partners and preparing to seek endorsements from your local electeds. Register at:

Jan. 10 at 7 pm

Replays of Jan 10 On-Line training will be available afterwards.

Meanwhile, join the Make It Fair Google group.!forum/lwvc-make-it-fair-campaign

The LWVBAE Prop 13 Reform Team presentations will follow a lively and informal question-and-answer format with teams of speakers spending about 10 – 15 minutes on each of several topics, after which the audience will be invited to respond.  We hope this relaxed format appeals to diverse groups of senior citizens, church members, college students, neighborhood residents, concerned voters – anyone concerned about the dire shortage of tax revenues for state and local governments in California.

The Civics Ed/Prop. 13 Reform Team has a resource bank of articles to bring prospective speakers up to speed on:
1) the history of Prop. 13,
2) unintended consequences of Prop. 13,
3) how Prop. 13 can be amended to close unfair loopholes in the commercial property tax while keeping provisions for residential property taxation unchanged and
4) what Alameda County’s share of the $9 billion from commercial property tax reform can do for our community.

For training sessions for Speakers’ Bureau presenters on how-to tips and other topics of interest for this important undertaking, check the LWVBAE Calendar   See you there!    


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