Schools and Communities First

Schools and communities first petition drive


Great news! Schools & Communities First has collected enough signatures to qualify our initiative for the 2020 ballot!

On Tuesday, August 14th at 10 am, five simultaneous press conferences across the state will be held to announce the submission of over 850,000 signatures to the 58 county registrars. Read our press release!

This will be the first commercial property tax reform initiative to qualify for the ballot in 40 years since Prop 13 passed in 1978.

When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 10 AM


  •     Los Angeles - Manual Arts Senior High School, 4131 Vermont Avenue
  •     Berkeley - South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street 
  •     San Diego - Monroe Clarke Middle School, 4398 Thorne Street 
Fresno - Gaston Middle School, 1100 E Church Ave.
  •     San Bernardino - Center For Youth & Community Development, 1180 W. 9th St.

Come join in the celebration, and invite others to join you!


Californians deserve world class schools and universities; quality healthcare, safe neighborhoods, and affordable homes.  That is what our taxes should pay for. It’s past time to close this loophole and stop letting big business rob our schools and local communities, impoverish future generations, and endanger California’s economic future. The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 is the responsible, fair, and long overdue tax system to ensure California can thrive; now and in the future.

The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 will create a “split roll”; non-residential, non-agricultural commercial property will be reassessed on a regular basis. This will lead to an estimated increase in property tax of over $11 billion per year -- revenue that will go directly to schools and local governments.

What's new?

View our recent webinar briefing on our efforts to reform Prop 13.

Where can I get more info?

Read our FAQ and find out more from our campaign!

Our broad grassroots coalition, including PICO California, California Calls, Advancement Project California and Evolve California, announced the filing of a ballot initiative to fund California schools by closing the Corporate Property Tax Loophole in Proposition 13 while continuing to guarantee protections for homeowners, residential renters, agricultural land, and small businesses. Through filing this initiative the coalition is beginning to take the necessary steps for a possible 2020 ballot initiative.

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