After the narrow defeat of Measure K, a group of concerned parents are organizing to pass a similar measure to extend the parcel tax on the November ballot.
Grassroots Parcel Tax Meeting Saturday, July 7: This meeting was attended by WCCUSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bruce Harter, board of education members Tony Thurmond and Antonio Medrano, United Teachers of Richmond President Diane Brown, and about 23 concerned parents and citizens. At the Monday, July 2 meeting, the board voted to engage a consultant to do a survey regarding the parcel tax. The board may decide to put the tax measure on the November or the March ballot.
The grassroots group voted to move forward as quickly as possible in order to be ready to support the measure whenever the board decides to put the measure on the ballot. The group needs to move very quickly to be ready for the earlier November date. Ben Steinberg agreed to lead the group for the first leg of the effort, which will end August 1 when the board votes on when to put the parcel tax on the ballot.
What you can do now: Please attend the following important board of education meetings if you can. We need big turnouts to show community support for the measure.
Wednesday, July 11 – Speakers from the grassroots group will address the board during public comment to tell the board what has been accomplished so far and demonstrate that the grassroots group is ready to take on the challenge of getting the tax passed. Ben Steinberg will speak for the group; others who wish to speak should make it clear that they are speaking for themselves and not the group.
Monday, July 23 – At this special meeting, Godbe Research, the firm that has been hired to do the survey, will report the results of the survey.
Wednesday, August 1 – At this meeting, the board will vote on whether or not to put the parcel tax on the November ballot. All three meetings will take place at Lovonya Dejean Middle School, 3400 Macdonald Ave., Richmond. Please be there if you can.