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Prop. 30 Supporters Score Victory

Opponents of Proposition 30 may have to reveal the source of an $11 million donation. Several local school districts are counting on the measure to help keep budgets in tact.

Gov. Jerry Brown hailed a judge's tentative ruling this week that an Arizona nonprofit group must reveal the source of an $11 million political donation to opponents of Proposition 30, the Brown-backed education tax measure on next week's ballot.

Speaking from his Los Angeles office, Brown told City News Service that even though the ruling is tentative, "it is profoundly significant."

"This is one of the biggest cases I've ever seen initiated by the Fair Political Practices Commission," Brown said, adding that the ruling, if finalized, will mean that "secret money from Arizona can be audited and that the laws of California have to be respected."

"So the No on 30 folks finally may have to come out of the shadows, take off their masks and tell us who the big donors really are," he told CNS.

Several school districts, including South Pasadena Unified, are counting on the proposition to keep them from losing millions more from budgets already slashed from years of cuts.

The FPPC had begun an audit of the donation by the Arizona nonprofit, known as Americans for Responsible Leadership, but the nonprofit failed to produce records requested by the commission. The FPPC went to court, arguing that it wanted to review the source of the funding prior to the Nov. 6 election to ensure the group was in compliance with financial disclosure laws.

Attorneys for ARL, which contributed the money earlier this month to the Small Business Action Committee PAC, argued that the group is not required to disclose its donors and contended that the FPPC had no authority to conduct an audit until after the election.

The PAC opposes Proposition 30 and supports Proposition 32, which would restrict the collection of union dues for political purposes.

But in her tentative ruling, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne W.L. Chang said the FPPC was within its authority in auditing the source of the money. She also noted that ARL's rights would be protected, since the FPPC's audit may ultimately conclude that there was no violation of state disclosure laws, and that the FPPC's audit records are kept confidential.

"Without the FPPC's audit and review of appropriate records, potential disclosure of information prior to the general election critical to the public in deciding how to vote for Propositions 30 and 32 may not be made," the judge wrote.

Another hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Sacramento. If Chang sticks with her tentative ruling, officials from ARL may be required to turn over information on its donors to the FPPC by Thursday afternoon.

"I hope it'll hold up," the governor told CNS. "It's well-reasoned. And then the question is, can the audit disclose the identity of the big money (donors) before the election? That's the question and it's very important. If people with a lot of money can break the law, it sets a bad example. And now the state government has taken steps to ensure the integrity of our electoral process."

Proposition 30 would increase the sales tax by a quarter-cent on the dollar for four years and raise the income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. The increased revenues would result in an increase to the minimum guarantee for schools and community colleges under terms of Proposition 98, approved by voters in 1988.

Opponents contend that Proposition 30 would hurt small business and job creation and that the Legislature should enact changes to the public employee pension systems and cut wasteful spending before raising taxes. Opponents also believe the Legislature and Brown should make education a higher priority in their budget decisions instead of raising taxes.

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William Riley November 02, 2012 at 01:46 AM
SAVE OUR CHILDREN FROM THE TEACHERS UNION! VOTE “YES on 32” and “NO on 30” The “California Teachers Association” they could care less about the children. Don’t be ignorant; don’t be fooled by their political ads. Here are just a few things you should read before you believe them when they say “it’s about the children” http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/30/4770521/teacher-evaluations.html http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444443504577601664135014368.html http://www.publicsectorinc.com/forum/2012/08/one-win-one-loss-as-californias-legislative-session-closes.html http://unionwatch.org/how-government-unions-intimidate-corporations/ http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/29/a-tale-of-two-jerrys http://airmodal.com/2012/09/01/chutzpah-on-steroids/ http://www.city-journal.org/2012/cjc0716ls.html http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-sand-prop32-blowback-20120824,0,2890404.story http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/18/local/la-me-cta-20120819 http://www.city-journal.org/2012/22_2_california-teachers-association.html http://www.joannejacobs.com/2012/08/teachers-unions-go-on-the-defensive/ http://www.wcvarones.com/2012/08/guest-post-california-teachers-union.html
Alan Heckman November 02, 2012 at 06:00 AM
It seems in Livermore the district has access to cheap credit and has already extracted union concessions if Prop 30 fails. http://livermore.patch.com/blog_posts/prop-30-failure-not-a-big-deal-for-lvjusd
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 08:57 AM
The GEUs take money involuntarily from every government employee in CA and many outside of CA to support Prop 30 and oppose Prop 32. Every penny against Prop 30 and for Prop 32 was voluntarily given.
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 08:58 AM
They want the names to intimidate and retaliate against the opponents.
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 08:59 AM
In deciding how to vote on Props 30, 32, and 38 [and whether to vote for Dems] please consider: “Adjusted for inflation, California’s government spending increased 42 percent per capita from 2000 to 2010.” http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/10/reason-rupe-poll-california-voters-moving-towards-wisconsin-like-government-reforms/ "The study, conducted by the Center for Government Analysis (CGA), found that total expenditures by the State of California to finance salaries and pension benefits for State workers grew three times as fast as the per capita personal income of all Californians." http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/10/alarming-compensation-trends-for-state-workers/ “CA public school teachers the highest paid in the nation. CA students rank 48th in math achievement, 49th in reading.” http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2011/calfacts/calfacts_010511.aspx page 36” Please see http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/09/breaking-bad-california-vs-the-other-states/ CA pays ~ 3X more per inmate as TX, but CA is releasing criminals back onto the street. http://reason.org/news/show/private-prisons-save-california-bil But, of course, it’s all for the kids.
Gregory Brittain November 03, 2012 at 09:03 AM
(http://californiabudgetbites.org/2011/01/ says not increasing taxes will require cutting $930 per student [out of $11,405 per student. http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2011/calfacts/calfacts_010511.aspx (p.13)]. That is 8.15%. Not the end of the world. Families and businesses base their spending on the money available and prioritize accordingly. How many families and businesses have and to reduce their spending by 8% or more? Brown and the Dems passed a budget that cuts education spending if the voters to not pass the tax increase. They can make other choices. The Dems could probably find other budget reductions if they wanted to such as HSR and CA's welfare program that has 33% of the nation's welfare recipients with 12% of the nation’s population. Or perhaps state employee compensation that increased three times as fast as the per capita personal income of all Californians. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/10/alarming-compensation-trends-for-state-workers/ Or cut benefits for illegal immigrants. Or deal with why it costs ~3X more per inmate in CA than TX. Government is never expected to be efficient or effective.
Ddez November 04, 2012 at 07:56 AM
About Gregory I am a member of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.
Ddez November 04, 2012 at 07:56 AM
About Gregory I am a member of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.
Ddez November 04, 2012 at 07:57 AM
About Gregory I am a member of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.
Ddez November 04, 2012 at 07:57 AM
About Gregory I am a member of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.
Gregory Brittain November 06, 2012 at 06:21 PM
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams
Ddez November 06, 2012 at 06:28 PM
"It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before". -- A A Milne Greg, you keep repeating yourself, but that doesn't make what you have chosen to cherry pick true. You also tend to spew without actually having a conversation. This also casts doubt on your rote responses. Greg, answer two questions: Where did you attend school K-12? Where do you children attend K-12?

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