To increase participation in our democracy, our economy, and our society, Alliance San Diego Mobilization Fund is developing policy and advocating for change on a number of fronts. Here are some of the issues we’re working on.
Funding Schools and Communities by Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes
We believe that everyone should pay their fair share of taxes in California so we can support world-class schools, health care for all, safe neighborhoods, and affordable homes. Unfortunately, because of a corporate tax loophole in Proposition 13, which was passed in 1978, our schools and local services are starved of funding. California once had one of the best public school systems in the country. Today our schools are ranked 39th in per pupil funding. Our streets and sidewalks are in disrepair, our health responders have been strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, and affordable housing is disappearing in our neighborhoods.
The Schools & Communities First initiative recently qualified for the November 2020 ballot after submitting a record 1.7 million signatures. The initiative would reclaim $12 billion a year to invest in our schools and communities by closing a corporate tax loophole while leveling the playing field for small businesses and protecting all residential properties.
San Diego County alone is expected to receive more than $700 million per year that would go directly into our local schools and community services, helping to address the inequalities laid bare by this moment. Alliance San Diego Mobilization Fund is joining forces with organizations and supporters across the state to pass this landmark initiative in November 2020. If we are successful, the corporations that have taken advantage of the loophole for decades will finally be required to pay their fair share, all while protecting homeowners, renters and small businesses.
Border Patrol Accountability
We believe that San Diegans should be able to live in peace and dignity without the fear of abuse by border agents who patrol away from the border and in our communities, sometimes violating our constitutional, civil and human rights. We believe that discussions about increasing the power, resources and jurisdiction of border agents must include a conversation about transparency, accountability, and oversight of these agents. And any border policy decisions made at the national level must be based on data, analysis and consultation with border residents and stakeholders.
To that end, ASDMF is working with regional and national partners to draft policies and advocate for legislation that increases the accountability of border agents and includes the perspectives of border residents. From San Diego to Washington, D.C., we are elevating the conversation and moving the debate in order to improve the treatment of border residents. We are calling for a New Border Vision that leads with our values and honors the humanity and dignity of all people in the region.