MAKE IT FAIR - PROP 13 REFORM
Make It Fair is a movement to reform Proposition 13 in order to continue to protect homeowners, while providing for large corporations to pay again the larger share of property taxes. Make It Fair will restore over $9 billion a year for services that all Californians rely on.
The League of Women Voters of California is a major co-sponsor of Make it Fair. Leaguers will be part of the effort to reform portions of Proposition 13 while not impacting homeowners, renters and owners of agricultural land; providing tax relief for small businesses; and including tough transparency and accountability measures so that everyone can see how any additional funds are spent.
LOCAL 1% sales tax increase in CITY FUNDING: MEASURE C
The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara is supporting Measure C on the November 7 ballot, which would raise the local sales tax in the City of Santa Barbara by one percent to 8.75%. If approved, the additional tax would be used for essential services and repair of critical infrastructure, including: police, fire, and 911 emergency medical response; local streets, potholes, bridges and storm drains; neighborhood fire stations/public safety infrastructure; parks, youth/senior services; address homelessness; help retain local businesses; and support other general services.
National, state & local League positions all support "adequate funding" for government services. The LWVSB Board's decision to support Measure C was also based on a commitment to transparency and accountability, including the provision for a citizens' oversight committee and public disclosure of all spending, and a promise that all funds will be used locally.
ADEQUATE COUNTY FUNDING: INNOVATIVE WAYS TO GENERATE REVENUE
The Santa Barbara County Supervisors faced a roughly $30 million shortfall in the 2017 budget. Impacting the county budget were employee pension costs, emergency services, infrastructure and future operational expenses for the new jail. These shortfalls, including uncertain federal and state funding, can mean cuts to vital health and human services and an inability to adequately meet infrastructure needs. While supervisors look for efficiencies they are also looking to potential revenue sources from marijuana taxes to new development to looking at ways that services can become self-sustaining.
Emily Allen, Jane Benefield, Connie Hannah co-chairs
The community forums are co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Public Library and Santa Barbara TV. Sound provided by Gary Atkins, Sound Systems. FORUMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This Forum will focus on what is happening in Santa Barbara County now and how immigrants are being affected. One invited speaker will explain what her "boots on the ground" organization sees happening; another will explain what funding is available to help immigrants; a third will discuss what legal advice is available; and the fourth will address law enforcement policies. There will be ample time for questions from the audience. In 2008 after local Leagues all over the country studied the issues involved with Immigration, the following LWVUS position was adopted:
"The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law. The League supports federal immigration law that provides for an efficient, expeditious system (with minimum or no backlogs) for legal entry of immigrants into the United States. To complement these goals the League supports federal policies to improve economies, education, job opportunities and living conditions in nations with large emigrating populations. In transition to a reformed system, the League supports provision for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earnlegal status. The League supports federal payments to impacted communities to address the financial costs borne by state and local governments with large immigrant populations." As it works to achieve its overall policy goals, the League supports a system for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status, including citizenship, by paying taxes, learning English, studying civics and other relevant criteria. While policy reforms, including a path to legal status remain unachieved, the League does not support deporting unauthorized immigrants who have no history of criminal activity.
Come and learn more about what is shaping Immigration issues here in Santa Barbara County.
Beverly King and Vijaya Jammalamadaka, co-chairs
Communiity forums are co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Public Library and Santa Barbara TV. Sound provided by Gary Atkins, Sound Systems. FORUMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC