Letter to the editor: Stand with Occupy Movement and Fix the Budgets
October 28, 2011 2 Comments
Maintain and Control?
In the Oakland Tribune’s article on Occupy Oakland, Mayor Jean Quan focused on maintaining safe and sanitary conditions, and controlling vandalism.
Maintain and control? After years in city government, Mayor Quan must know the city has been harmed tremendously by the same 1 percent the occupiers are fighting. City Hall is both strapped for cash and handcuffed by restrictions on the ability to create good budgets.
Rather than shut the occupiers down, I wish Quan and every other city official would stand with the 99 percent and let everyone know that voters alone have the power to pass state propositions to keep the good parts of the old Proposition 13 — passed in 1978 to keep people from losing their homes due to rising property taxes — and fix the rotten parts. Prop 13 enabled billionaires to pay state and local taxes at a lower rate than the lowest income families, and enabled majority Democrats and minority Republicans to blame each other while California sinks.
The mayor could provide portable toilets and Dumpsters — they will cost far less than helicopters and police. Then stand with the 99 percent and stop Prop. 13’s terrible effects: upside-down taxes, centralization of decision-making, and gridlocked and excuse-ridden governments.
[Published in Oakland Tribune, 10/28/11, letter to the editor, page A7 and online, http://www.insidebayarea.com/opinion/letterstotheeditor/tribune/ci_19207280