Claycord – Talk About Local Politics

January 17, 2020 19:00 pm · 4 comments

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KAD January 23, 2020 at 6:21 PM

If you are interested in Concord City and the CNWS and Lennar, the agenda is out for next week’s City Council meeting. There are letters from the mayor, Lennar and Labor. Interesting read.

Concord Mike January 23, 2020 at 7:23 PM

@KAD, I read the letters. I am no fan of Lennar, but our local building trades council has become a project-killing machine.

We have had several developers in recent years invest millions of dollars in plans only to have to walk away because labor costs would be too high, and they couldnโ€™t get help from city council to get a reasonable offer from labor.

Think about it. Times are really good for labor. Everyone is working and well paid. Why should they give an inch to a developer? If the developer walks away and the land sits vacant for a few more years, who cares?

Gittyup January 23, 2020 at 9:44 PM

There are so many things wrong with the Proposition 13 measure on the March ballot that it is hard to know where to start. But, the devil is in the details. Disguised as a measure to improve the state’s schools, Prop 13 seeks to sell $15 billion dollars in general obligation bonds at a cost to Californians of $26 billion dollars, 15 billion dollars in bonds, and 11 billion dollars in interest on those bonds. That’s a whopping $740 million dollars per year for 35 years just in interest. A staggering 5 percent of the 26 billion dollars would be eaten up in administrative costs. I think we can legitimately call this “irresponsible borrowing.”

But, that’s just the beginning. Those seeking to pass Prop 13 have raised $10 million dollars just to sell this bleed of California taxpayers to the voters. That includes developers in California with contributors from Texas to Pennsylvania, Maryland to Florida. Why such far flung interest in a California bond measure? It’s because written into Prop 13 is a clause prohibiting school districts from assessing developer fees on some residential development throughout the state, and reducing the fees on others. Developers in California and those located elsewhere developing in the state have contributed heavily to see that the proposition passes. Lennar, the developer of CNWS, has made a hefty donation to support proposition 13. It’s a cost-saving boon to developers and home builders in California which does nothing to improve the schools.

Buried in the Proposition 13 legalese is a clause permitting school districts to issue a much higher amount of local general obligation bonds. For elementary and high school districts the limit will be raised from 1.25 percent to 2 percent of assessed property value. For unified school district and community colleges the limit would be raised from 2.5 percent to 4 percent of assessed property value. This is but another well crafted attempt to end run the protections passed in the 1978 Original Prop 13 to protect renters from excessive increases in rental costs. and homeowners from exorbitant increases in property taxes.

If these two clauses buried in Proposition 13 aren’t enough to highlight the fact that it is wrong for California, there is also the fact that borrowing 15 billion dollars for school construction and repairs is foolhardy when California has a $22 billion dollar budget surplus. As recently as 2016, voters approved 9 billion dollars to build and repair schools. Now they tell us they were never repaired and they want more money. Where did that 9 billion dollars go?

There is more, but isn’t that enough? The framers of this proposition have thrown in everything but the kitchen sink in obscure clauses pandering to special interests and it does nothing to quell the irresponsible borrowing in Sacramento at the public’s expense and little to improve conditions in schools. State Senators, teachers, and Taxpayer Associations urge you to defeat this wolf in sheep’s clothing. Don’t be fooled. Vote NO on Proposition 13.

Silva January 23, 2020 at 11:53 PM

Ugh.

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