Guide to the Judith Stanley Subject Files on Proposition 13

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Judith Stanley subject files on Proposition 13
Date: 1973-1980,
Date (bulk): bulk 1978
Collection Number: MS-R082
Creator: Stanley, Judith
Extent: 1.4 linear feet (2 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
Languages: The collection is in English and Spanish.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection comprises newsletters, clippings, campaign ephemera, memoranda, reports, and other materials gathered by Judith Stanley, a University of California, Irvine, librarian, to document California's Proposition 13, a citizen's initiative to reduce property taxes that was approved as a State constitutional amendment on June 6, 1978. Included in the collection are materials from taxpayer associations, housing associations, and political coalitions, as well as files documenting the effect of the proposition on education, libraries, and Social Security.

Important Information for Researchers

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Judith Stanley subject files on Proposition 13. MS-R082. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Government Information Department, 2001.

Processing History

Processed by Audrey Pearson, 2007.

Historical Background

Judith Stanley was a social sciences bibliographer for the University of California, Irvine libraries in the 1970s.
Commonly called the "Taxpayers' Revolt of 1978," Proposition 13 was a landmark citizen's initiative written and introduced in 1977 by politicians Howard Jarvis (1903-1986) and Paul Gann (1912-1989). This proposition fixed California property taxes at 1 percent of the full cash value of the property and set the maximum inflationary rate for property value at 2 percent per year. Property value is reassessed when property is purchased, newly constructed, or undergoing change in ownership. The proposition passed with 65 percent of the vote. Proponents of Proposition 13 cited the $6 billion state surplus as evidence of overtaxation and claimed that without the bill, property owners would eventually be unable to afford their property taxes. Opponents of the tax argued that the bill was unfair to renters because it only offered tax relief to owners, that it would take funds away from publicly funded government services, and that it would cause hundreds of thousands of job losses statewide. Proposition 13 continues to be a source of debate because new owners typically pay higher taxes than previous owners.

Biography/Organization History

Chronology

1965 The San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner publish series of stories about the inconsistent assessment of property taxes due to assessors accepting bribes.
1967 Assembly Bill 80, the Petris-Knox Bill, passes requiring county assessors to reassess property at 25 percent of market value during the following three years and to do frequent reassessments to maintain the 25 percent ratio.
1973 Ronald Reagan's Proposition 1 to limit state spending fails to pass in California.
1973-1977 California enters a period of rapid housing inflation, resulting in ever increasing property taxes.
1978 California's estimated budget surplus is $6 billion.
1978 Voters approve Proposition 13 on June 6th and it becomes a California constitutional amendment.

Bibliography

For further information about Proposition 13, see Frank Levy, On Understanding Proposition 13 (Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute, 1979).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises newsletters, clippings, campaign ephemera, memoranda, reports, and other materials gathered by Judith Stanley, a University of California, Irvine, librarian, to document California Proposition 13, a citizen's initiative to reduce property tax that was approved as a State constitutional amendment on June 6, 1978. Included in the collection are materials from taxpayer associations, housing associations, and political coalitions, as well as files documenting the effect of the proposition on education, libraries, and Social Security. In addition, this collection contains materials showing various reactions to the passage of Proposition 13, analyses of the effects of Proposition 13 in the two years following its passage, and campaign materials supporting the opposing proposition, Proposition 8.

Collection Arrangement

The original order of the collection has been maintained. The creator arranged the collection alphabetically according to subject.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Jarvis, Howard.
Gann, Paul,--1912-1989.
California. Proposition 13 (1978)--Archives.
Property tax--California--Archives.
Referendum--California--Archives.
Elections--California--Archives.
California--Politics and government--Archives.

Genres and Formats of Materials

Campaign literature--California--20th century.


Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1

American Federation of Teachers of University of California clippings and memoranda 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Anderson, Jack: clippings and correspondence 1978

Biography/Organization History

Washington, D.C. newspaper columnist.
Box : Folder 1 : 3

Apartment Association of Orange County clippings 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee report 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 5

Associated Taxpayers of Idaho newsletters 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 6

Association of California School Administrators announcements, bulletins and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 7

Bank of America report, newsletter and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 8

Behr, Peter H.: report 1978

Biography/Organization History

Former California Senator for Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties.
Box : Folder 1 : 9

Berkeley (California) City Manager memorandum 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 10

Bibliographies 1977-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 11

Brown, Edmund G.: transcripts and clippings 1978

Biography/Organization History

Former Governor of California.
Box : Folder 1 : 12

California Association of Realtors clippings 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 13

California Congress of Parents and Teachers fliers 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 14

California Department of Education newsletter 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 15

California Federation of Teachers newsletter and petitions 1978-1980

Box : Folder 1 : 16

California Housing Action and Information Network (CHAIN) clippings and correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 17

California Housing Council newsletters 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 18

California Housing Research Foundation newsletter 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 19

California Library Association memoranda 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 20

California Public Policy Center memoranda 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 21

California School Employees Association flier circa 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 22

California Senate, Office of Research report 1977

Box : Folder 1 : 23

California State Employees Association newsletters, fliers and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 24

California State Library newsletters 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 25

California State Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reports 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 26

California Tax Reform Association fliers 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 27

California Taxpayers Association newsletters, reports and other materials 1977-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 28

California voters pamphlet 1978 June 6

Box : Folder 1 : 29

Campaign for Economic Democracy newsletter and flier 1978 undated

Box : Folder 1 : 30

Campaign pamphlets, mailings and other materials circa 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 31

Citizens Permanent Committee on the Recall of Public Officials correspondence and clippings 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 32

Citizens to Limit Government Spending correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 33

Claremont Men's College: Center for Study of Law Structures conference paper and correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 34

Common Cause reports and correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 35

Contra Costa Taxpayers Association report 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 36

Council of State Governments newsletters 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 37

Davis, Skaggs & Co., Inc.: Investment Research memorandum 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 38

Democratic Party newsletter 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 39

East Bay Regional Park District reports and clippings 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 40

The Equity Effects of Restraints on Taxing and Spending: report 1980

Box : Folder 1 : 41

Fiscal Limitation Movement bibliography and correspondence 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 42

Forecasting Local Government Budgets: report 1979

Box : Folder 1 : 43

Friedman, Milton: pamphlets, articles and other materials 1973-1978

Biography/Organization History

Awarded 1976 Nobel Prize for economic science.
Box : Folder 1 : 44

Hayward (California) City Manager memorandum 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 45

Henry George School of Social Science newsletters 1979

Box : Folder 1 : 46

Impact on arts: report 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 47

Impact on education: reports and clippings 1978-1979 undated

Box : Folder 1 : 48

Impact on libraries: articles, newsletters and other materials 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 49

Impact on museums: article 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 50

Impact on renters: article 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 51

Impact on Social Security: clipping 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 52

Impact on utilities and services: ephemera 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 53

Impact outside of California: pamphlets, reports and other materials 1977-1980

Box : Folder 1 : 54

Incentive taxation: correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 55

Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley: surveys and correspondence 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 56

ITS Review newsletter and advertisement 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 57

Jarvis, Howard: article 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 58

Jarvis, Howard: lists and form letters to citizens groups involved in Proposition 13 undated

Box : Folder 1 : 59

Laguna Beach, California: dialogue on schools announcements 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 60

League of California Cities newsletters 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 61

League of California Cities reports, memoranda and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 62

League of Women Voters of California report undated

Box : Folder 1 : 63

League of Women Voters of Orange County pamphlets, report and other materials 1978 undated

Box : Folder 1 : 64

League of Women Voters of Salinas (California) resolution and pamphlet circa 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 65

Liberty Lobby mailings 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 66

Librarians Guild: AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Communicator newsletter 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 67

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce: testimonies, report and other materials 1977-1978

Box : Folder 1 : 68

Los Angeles Civic Center News newspaper 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 69

Los Angeles County Federation of Republican Women newsletter, ephemera and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 70

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Inc. pamphlet 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 71

Mental Health Association in California memoranda and correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 72

Miscellaneous articles 1978-1980

Box : Folder 1 : 73

Miscellaneous correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 74

Miscellaneous tax newsletters 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 75

National Association of Counties report and correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 76

National Association of Realtors reports and correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 77

National Tax Association -- Tax Institute of America: brochure, correspondence and other materials 1978 undated

Box : Folder 1 : 78

National Tax-Limitation Committee correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 79

National Taxpayers Union mailings undated

Box : Folder 1 : 80

No on Proposition 13 Committee press releases, newsletters and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 81

Orange County (California) Citizens Direction Finding Commission report 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 82

Orange County (California) Employees Association newsletter 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 83

Orange County (California) Renters Association clippings and correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 84

Peace and Freedom Party brochure, ephemera and other materials 1978 undated

Box : Folder 1 : 85-86

Prop. 13 Impact Reporter newsletters 1978-1979

Box : Folder 2: 1

Public Citizen's Tax Reform Research Group newsletter and report 1978

Box : Folder 2: 2

Public Employees Association of Ventura County (California) newsletters 1978

Box : Folder 2: 3

Republican Associates mailing and correspondence 1978 undated

Box : Folder 2: 4

Republican Central Committee of Orange County (California) correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 2: 5

Research conference on Proposition 13: reports, memoranda and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 2: 6

San Diego Taxpayers' Association newsletters 1978-1980

Box : Folder 2: 7

San Joaquin County (California) Employees Association reports, volunteer forms and other materials 1978 undated

Box : Folder 2 : 8

San Mateo County (California) No on 13 Committee press release 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 9

Scholarly articles 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 10

Security First Marketing Corporation mailing 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 11

Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO/CLC flier and correspondence 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 12

Tax Foundation, Inc. newsletters 1978-1980

Box : Folder 2 : 13

Tax Revolt Digest newsletter 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 14

Tax revolt: international clippings 1979

Box : Folder 2 : 15

United Way of California report 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 16

United Organizations of Taxpayers petition, ephemera and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 17

University of California, Institute of Governmental Studies questionnaires, mailing lists and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 18

University of California, Irvine Medical Center clippings, minutes and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 19

University of California, Irvine questionnaires to Orange County libraries 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 20

University of California, Los Angeles Business Forecasting Project reports, correspondence and other materials 1978-1979

Box : Folder 2 : 21

Vote No on 13 Committee fliers, mailing lists and other materials 1978

Box : Folder 2 : 22

Vasconcellos, John: newsletter 1978

Biography/Organization History

Former representative for the 23rd Assembly District of California.
Box : Folder FB30 : 5

Oversize ballot, posters and clipping 1978