Nearly 1 million signatures filed for initiative to strike Prop. 13’s ‘moving penalty’

Backers of a statewide initiative aimed at expanding Prop. 13 for senior homeowners have submitted almost a million signatures to election officials, more than enough to qualify the measure for next November’s ballot, the California Association of Realtors, the initiative’s principal backer, has announced.

Now election officials must verify the petitions to make sure they contain the required 585,000 voter signatures needed to place the measure on the November 2018 ballot.

If approved, the Prop. 13 “portability” measure would allow homeowners who are 55 or older to take their low property tax base with them after selling their home and buying a new home anywhere in the state. There would be no limit on how many times they can use the provision and no limit on home prices (although buying a more expensive home would result in a slightly higher “blended” tax assessment).

Under current law, senior homeowners can take their low Prop. 13 tax base with them only once, only to one of 11 California counties and only if the new home costs the same or less than the one sold.

Under Prop. 13, the landmark constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1978, property tax hikes are capped at 2 percent per year so long as a resident owns the home. But there’s a one-time reassessment for the new owner to market values after the home is sold. The measure has kept homeowners’ property taxes artificially low over the years, even as their home values have doubled or even quadrupled

Supporters say the initiative will ease the state’s housing crisis by freeing up more properties for sale. Many older homeowners who want to move have been staying put to avoid paying higher property taxes.

Although the initiative wouldn’t address capital gains taxes, another deterrent to home sales, it still will help the housing crisis “in a small way,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Prop. 13’s original backer.

“That will have an effect of opening up larger homes to younger families so older empty nesters aren’t trapped in bigger houses,” Coupal said.

The initiative’s expanded “portability” provisions also would apply to severely disabled homeowners and disaster victims.

“Voters believe that homeowners who are seniors, disabled or victims of disasters deserve the opportunity to move to safer, more practical homes without being penalized,” said state Realtor association President Steve White. “We are excited to have reached this milestone. … We have the resources and grassroots strength to eliminate the property tax moving penalty.”

Tustin Metrolink Station – A Fifty Million Dollar – Skateboarder’s Dream – and Tustin Hyundai’s New Car Parking lot and Ghost Town

Editorial –

Tustin Metrolink Station – No Parked Cars – No Commuters – No Riders – No Nothin’ – Just A lot of Homeless Guys – A Fifty Million Dollar – Skateboarder’s Dream – and – Apparently Tustin Hyundai’s New Car – Parking lot! –


Keeping an Eye Out for Unattended Backpacks and Other Suspicious Things that have a Tendency to Blow-up at Shopping Malls.

Mall Shoppers – remember to tell the Mall Management and Mall Security Personnel – When You See Them that Instead of Wasting Time by Following and Stalking two Gay Guys because they’re Holding Hands and Kissing [1] at the Mall – or – Bothering a Straight Couple Having Oral Sex in Their Car in the Parking lot – You’d Rather they were Keeping an Eye Out for Unattended Backpacks and Other Suspicious Things that have a Tendency to Blow-up – and Blow Someone’s Arm – Leg or Head – “Clean Off” [2] [Clint Eastwood] – Instead.

Also – it might be a good Idea to Keep the Fire Lanes Open and Free of Parked Cars – Delivery Trucks – and Various Other Losers – So – That – When Something Does Blow-up – the First Responders are Able to Get In and Get Around the Mall – Like It’s Supposed to Be – Idiot.


[1] Gay Couple Reportedly Asked To Leave Westfield Mall For Kissing, Holding Hands

[2] “and would blow your head clean off”