Proposition 15, the Schools and Communities First Initiative, would raise $12 billion a year for schools and communities in California. Chevron is one of the wealthy corporate donors bankrolling a campaign to defeat it.
Like other corporate property owners, Chevron has been getting away with paying ridiculously low property taxes because of a loophole in the old Prop. 13. Voters passed Prop. 13 in 1978 to protect homeowners from rising property taxes.
But the measure was written to include corporate property owners. So big businesses have been paying tiny property taxes while schools and other essential programs have been starved of needed funds.
Prop. 15 would end this loophole and require big businesses to pay their fair share, while protecting homeowners and small businesses, A record 1.7 million people signed the petition to get it on the ballot.
Chevron and other wealthy corporations are trying to use some of the billions they’ve saved to defeat Prop. 15. Read more about it here. In September Chevron gave half a million dollars to the California Business Roundtable, which is leading the charge against Schools and Communities First.
Call them out in a Covid-safe protest with masks and social distancing.
Wednesday, September 30
3 PM — meet
3:30 PM — march to Chevron
4 PM — rally at Chevron gate,
Meet at George Carroll Park
West Cutting Boulevard at South Garrard Boulevard, Richmond
March to Richmond Chevron refinery Castro St. gate
More on the Prop. 15 campaign here