Correcting the Record: The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Gets Prop. 53 Wrong

Opposition continues to spread myths, misinformation

SACRAMENTO, CA – This week, Fox & Hounds Daily published an opinion piece by Gary Toebben, President of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and author of the bullet train ballot argument in 2008. The opinion piece included misleading and inaccurate claims about Proposition 53.  Despite the clear facts, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office report and a fact check by the Sacramento Bee, the opposition continues to spread myths and misinformation about Proposition 53.

“The very same special interests that are opposing Proposition 53 opposed giving Californians the right to vote in 1978 with Proposition 13 and in 1996 with Proposition 218,” said Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “It’s no surprise that they don’t want Californians to have a say in how their hard-earned dollars are spent.”

The initiative, by proponent Dean Cortopassi, would simply require a public vote for state megaprojects that use more than $2 billion in state revenue bonds. It would also ensure the disclosure of the total cost of the project to voters before they cast their ballots, bringing needed transparency to California’s revenue bond megaprojects.

We decided to set the record straight on what Proposition 53 actually does and does not do. See below or read it here.

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