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Media Advisory

Experts to discuss impacts of Prop. 13

02 June 2008

ATTENTION: Political reporters, education reporters and assignment desks

Contact: Janet Gilmore, Media Relations
(510) 642-5685 jangilmore@berkeley.eud

"Proposition 13 at 30: The Political, Economic and Fiscal Impacts," a daylong conference marking the 30th anniversary of the ballot measure. The event is sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies.

Approved by voters in 1978, Prop. 13 is a state constitutional amendment that imposed a 1 percent cap on the local property tax rate for Californians. During the conference, three panels will discuss its impacts, and on Friday morning, a Field Poll representative will discuss new public opinion polling data revealing Californians' current views about spending and taxes.

The conference is co-sponsored by the University of California, San Diego, sociology department, the James Irvine Foundation and Stanford University Press. Additional information is online at the IGS Web page.

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 6.

Barrows Hall, Lipman Room, 8th floor, UC Berkeley. For more information, see the UC Berkeley Campus Map.

Panelists will be academics from various colleges and universities, representatives from taxpayer advocacy groups, journalists and others and include:

  • Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll
  • Joel Fox, past president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
  • Jack Citrin, UC Berkeley political science professor and director of the Institute of Governmental Studies
  • John Fund, reporter and columnist, the Wall Street Journal
  • Peter Schrag, columnist and editor, The Sacramento Bee
  • Jean Ross, executive director, California Budget Project, an independent think tank