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Four Decades After Prop 13 Slashed Property Taxes, Prop 15 Could Change The Rules

Howard Jarvis in "The First Angry Man."

On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing The First Angry Man, a documentary about anti-tax crusader Howard Jarvis and the history of California’s Proposition 13, which cut property taxes and funding for schools.

Prop 13 launched a nationwide tax revolt. This year, Proposition 15 would change the rules by reassessing properties owned by big businesses, raising billions for schools and local governments. Residential properties would remain under the 1978 rules.


Camille Servan-Schreiber, award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer of The First Angry Man

Jason Cohn, director of The First Angry Man

Tim Redmond, founder of 48hills


Web Resources:

The First Angry Man

SF Public Press: ‘The First Angry Man’ Chronicles Rise of Tax Revolt, Legacy of Howard Jarvis 

CalMatters: Proposition 15: Business property taxes 

CalMatters: Californians still really like Prop. 13—except for the big parts they don’t like

LA Times: Proposition 13 treats all California property taxes the same. Voters could change that in 2020

48 Hills, Tim Redmond: Big real estate escapes $360 million in annual SF taxes | 48 hills 


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.