Follow the Money Behind Measure E
by Dennis Green
Enormous sums of money have been spent in Alameda by the backers of Measure E, a big increase in school parcel taxes facing the voters. By law, the Alameda Unified School District itself is prohibited from spending money to promote such an initiative. So where [...]
Measure E is a regressive tax, which means it taxes big rich houses and small poor homes exactly the same amount. Measure E doubles our current school property tax.
by Dennis Green
Opponents of Measure E regularly point to school closings and consolidations as an alternative to higher taxes, but the real solution is the one nobody wants to talk about. Layoffs.
The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Alameda Unified School District over Measure H, who asserted that the Measure H “split roll” tax is illegal and unfair, vowed today to appeal a trial court judgment that ruled the tax legal.
A campaign mailer arriving in Alameda mailboxes today says that “If Measure E is passed by Alameda voters, and you apply for the parcel tax exemption, you will be exempted for eight years, with no re-application necessary until 2019.” But that conflicts with the language of the ballot measure which says that an exemption is [...]
A letter from Action Alameda News publisher David Howard…
People got quite indignant when I questioned the motivations of parents in the East-end for resisting elementary school consolidation. Some responses were comical: “Edison School is not ‘almost entirely’ white. It’s 71% white.” Only 71%, you say?
In Alameda, the first weapon of choice for political campaigns is the lawn sign. Alameda resident and business owner Marshall Cromer has what might be a bazooka compared to everyone else’s standard-issue rifle.
The Committee Against Measure E told Action Alameda News this morning that they have bought several thousand advertising inserts in today’s Alameda Sun, urging voters to vote no on Measure E.
Earlier this week, the Alameda Unified School District issued a press release suggesting that they were poised to win the Measure H lawsuit over the 2008 parcel tax. David Brillant, attorney for the plaintiffs, issued his own press release today noting that the District has not yet won the lawsuit and, in any event, the [...]
In a press release yesterday, the Alameda Unified School District indicated that they are “preparing to implement millions [of dollars] in cuts, even if Measure E passes.” And although the District has previously claimed that they have already “cut the fat” from their head office, they indicated that they have more to cut and streamline [...]