The SF Examiner said vote yes on Prop A the school parcel tax. I wrote an LTE stating a point or two against it and the SF Examiner published with affiliation. I also wrote similar letters to the SF Bay Guardian and SF Chronicle after they also endorsed a yes vote on Prop A but they did not publish the LTE's.
Ron Getty - SF Libertarian
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PROP A MISCONCEPTION
The $28.8 million school parcel tax isn’t specifically for increasing new teachers pay. [“The City’s students need Prop. A” 5-19-08 ]. Large amounts of the $28.8 million tax will pay for nonteaching staff salaries, training programs and other non-salary purposes.
Teachers start at $43,000 and experienced teachers earn $82,000 which means SFUSD school teachers aren’t street panhandlers sleeping in alleys.
With declining student enrollment, consolidate schools. Sell the vacant property for “affordable” rental housing development. Give the land-sale money to the SFUSD specifically for teacher pay raises.
Vote No on 20 years of a special tax indexed to inflation. The SFUSD, with its $350 million budget is like Oliver Twist asking for more-- but, unlike him, not saying please.
Chair Initiatives Committee
Libertarian Party of San Francisco