Prop 19 will provide housing relief for vulnerable populations and families; Generates new funding for fire protection, cities, counties and school districts

SACRAMENTO (October 29, 2020) – The Yes on Proposition 19 campaign continues to garner broad support from prominent groups, organizations, and individuals from across California. Support and endorsements for the initiative have come from education, business, safety groups and many others. Today, the Yes on Proposition 19 campaign announced it has received endorsements from California newspapers, including the San Diego Union-TribuneSacramento BeeFresno BeeModesto BeeSan Luis Obispo TribuneSanta Cruz Sentinel, and San Mateo Daily Journal.

“Vote yes on Prop. 19 to help older homeowners…” – San Diego Union Tribune Editorial Board

“A portion of proceeds would be set aside for local and state firefighting agencies. That represents a welcome boost at a time when wildfires are on everyone’s mind, and the extra income also could rescue some small, struggling fire districts.” – Fresno Bee Editorial Board

“Proposition 19 would be good for seniors who want to downsize, for local government coffers ravaged by COVID-19 and for anyone worried about wildfires. That’s plenty of reason to vote yes.” – Modesto Bee Editorial Board

Specifically, Proposition 19 will do the following:

Support Life-Saving Fire & Emergency Response
• Secure needed revenue for fire protection, fire districts, and CalFire in support of California’s wildfire response.
• Provide dedicated funding for fire response across the state – including historically underfunded fire districts in rural and urban communities – protecting millions of homes and lives.

Limit Property Tax Increases for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Families, and Wildfire Victims
• Provide housing relief by allowing seniors, people with severe disabilities and victims of wildfires to transfer their home’s property tax base to a replacement home anywhere in California.
• Constitutionally protect the right for parents and grandparents to pass the family home to their children and grandchildren so they can afford to live in the home as intended by Prop 58. •Open up housing inventory throughout California for renters and first-time homeowners.

Generate Hundreds of Millions of Annual Funding for Fire Protection and Local Government
• Generate new revenues for fire protection and local government, emergency services, and vital programs including healthcare access, affordable housing projects, homeless and mental health services.
• Help balance budgets and provide a boost to our state’s economic recovery from the COVID- 19 pandemic, with revenue projections growing to over $2 billion annually.

Protect Homes as Intended for Californians, Closing Unfair Loopholes Used by Non-Californians
• Close loopholes and tax breaks used on vacation houses, second homes, and beachfront rentals by wealthy non-California residents and trust fund heirs – meant for California homeowners.
• Ensure tax savings work to protect vulnerable Californians and California homeowners as intended under Propositions 58 and 193 – not tax loopholes for out-of-state residents and trust fund heirs to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.