Friday, March 6, 2020

One of the biggest surprises of the March primary was that California voters rejected the proposed $15-billion bond measure that would have paid for school construction and much-needed maintenance around the state. It’s the first time in a quarter of a century that a statewide school bond measure failed.

But did voters really want to stiff kids and schools? Or was the bond tanked, at least in part, by its name: Proposition 13? Anecdotal evidence suggests it may have been.

In California, most voters hear “Proposition 13" and think of the 1978 taxpayer revolt that capped most property taxes at 1% of a home’s sale price and holds annual increases in assessed value to 2% or less. There probably isn’t another ballot measure in California history and politics as famous or infamous — depending on your worldview — as Proposition 13.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

California’s lone statewide ballot measure appears headed for defeat and the bill’s author thinks that its fate rested on its designated number, one that he hopes the state legislature will agree to retire after introducing legislation to permanently put 13 to bed.

Proposition 13, authored by Long Beach Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, would authorize a $15 billion bond for school modernization and construction projects with the bulk of funding ($9 million) going toward elementary schools. However, repaying the bill would cost taxpayers about $740 million a year for 35 years, something that 55% of voters said no to as of Thursday.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Legislation Will Prevent Voter Confusion

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) announced that he will introduce legislation to retire the use of the number 13 (Proposition 13) on future ballot measures. 

“We need to retire this ballot number to ensure voters are not misled,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.

Monday, March 2, 2020
Asm. O'Donnell, guest and members

Assemblymember O'Donnell presented the Read Across America Day resolution on the Assembly Floor.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Assembly Bill 2162 Will Ensure Proper Installation of Air Conditioning Systems

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced Assembly Bill 2162 to improve the indoor air quality in California classrooms. This bill is in response to studies that have shown improperly installed and maintained classroom ventilation systems can be harmful to students.