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Your Call Election Special: Proposition C debate on business taxes for homeless services


  Every Wednesday through Election Day on November 6th, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focusing on California's crucial races, propositions, and regional measures.

This week, we’ll host a debate on San Francisco’s Proposition C. The measure would raise taxes on large businesses by an average of a half-percent to fund homeless services.

We’ll also discuss similar measures in other Bay Area cities. This November, East Palo Alto will weigh a parcel tax on commercial office space. Mountain View proposes a new progressive business license tax, earmarking about 10% of revenue for affordable housing.


Ben Lintschinger, advocacy program manager of the GLIDE Foundation

Jess Montejano, vice president at Riff City Strategies and former communications director for San Francisco Interim Mayor Mark Farrell

Sarah Holder, staff writer at CityLab

Web Resources:

Ballotpedia: San Francisco, California, Proposition C, Gross Receipts Tax for Homelessness Services (November 2018)

CityLab: Who Should Pay for a City’s Homelessness Crisis?

SF Gate: As housing costs rise, so does California homelessness, report shows

Mercury News: 71 percent of voters support Apple employee tax, survey shows

California Housing Partners: California’s Housing Emergency: State Leaders Must Immediately Reinvest in Affordable Homes

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.