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  •  Well, partly, But the inflation/housing bubble (0+ / 0-)

    was putting a lot of pressure on people, esp seniors on fixed incomes.  I lived in California then and do not recall a particular racist resentment to the Prop 13 campaign but rather a resentment of gov't taking people's money at what was a steadily increasing rate.  Seniors were again resentful as the $$ went so heavily to schools and their kids were mostly long out of them.  

    But there was definitely a play to resentment at many levels, race and xenophobia among those.  Recall that those were the days when tens of thousands of Southeast Asian refugees were making So Cal their new home.

    California foolishly was very dependent on property taxes to fund their schools and local governments.  Property owners were (and are) much more likely to vote, and tend to be more conservative and older.  Prop 13 passed, then school bond measures began failing all over the state (a 2/3 majority of voters had to approve), and as these were local elections, property owners were heavily over represented.

    The ongoing tragedy of Prop 13 is that the devils sneaked in a Trojan Horse.  While all the hype was about poor seniors' dwindling resources being appropriated by Big Gov, the real $$$ had to do with commercial real estate, which was also included in the Prop 13 prop tax limits.  As a result of accounting and title shenanigans, whereby some continuity of apparent ownership could continue even when properties were sold, many commercial properties are paying taxes on the assessed value of as of 1978.   I can't imagine how much this has cost the state, local governments, and schools.

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