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Annual picnic is coming up on July 23rd – please RSVP!

From Jack Kurzweil:  July is upon us and so the annual Wellstone Club Picnic is coming very soon.  I do hope that you’ll join in the fun.  See the event listing for all the details.

Update on Proposition 13 Commercial Property Tax Reform

State Senators Nancy Skinner and Holly Mitchell are ready to introduce a Senate Constitutional Amendment to reform Prop 13 so that commercial property is reassessed regularly, not just when it is sold. The bill has not yet been scheduled for introduction. Democratic leaders may be dragging their feet on this bill because of pressure from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association, which opposes all taxes.

To counter their attack, please call

Senate President Kevin de Leon, (916) 651-4024

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, (916) 319-2063

Say that you support Prop 13 commercial property tax reform, and urge them to support it, too, by moving the Mitchell-Skinner bill forward. (The bill does not yet have a number, because introduction has been held up.) With Trump and the Republicans threatening to cut federal funds, California needs the revenue from fair taxes on commercial property more than ever. This reform, if passed, would bring in an estimated $9 billion a year for education, infrastructure, courts, public safety, public health, parks, and other state services Californians need.

Governor Jerry Brown and individual legislators also need to be convinced to support the reform bill. Sign the petition circulated by Evolve at this meeting.

The Wellstone Committee working on this issue is

East Bay Citizens for Action

Join us by signing up at the meeting or emailing

Next Steps to Implement the Oakland Police Commission

Oakland voters passed the charter change that set up an independent police commission by over 80% but it’s not time to let down our guard. The City is in the process of passing legislation which sets up the implementation of the Commission and some of the “enabling ordinance” Council Members Kalb and Gallo are proposing may just water down the independence of the new commission before it is even seated.

1) The 3 person committee which actually doles out discipline to officers, including firing, cannot be made up of more than 1 mayoral appointee-the mayor already gets 3 appointees to the 7 member commission-or it becomes just another mayor-controlled board and not a citizen board.

2) Staffing must be adequate and not under the control of the city administrator’s office or as in 1) it loses its independence.

Please contact Councilmember Kalb or Gallo to ask them to support the Police Accountability’s Coalition Ordinance.