News Release

July 15, 2020 SPARC Online Briefing
Featuring Fox & Hounds Editor-in-Chief Joel Fox
“The Attack on Prop 13: Split-Roll Initiative”

Los Altos Hills, California:  The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) will hold their next Speaker Series Meeting using a virtual format on July 15, 2020 at 6:30pm. Joel Fox will speak on “The Attack on Prop 13: Split-Roll Initiative.”

​Joel Fox is the Co-Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Fox & Hounds Daily, and former President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. He will be speaking on the “California Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative,” what others refer to as “the Split-Roll Initiative.” This measure will be on the ballot in November of 2020.

The California Business Roundtable, California Chamber of Commerce, and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association are taking the lead in the fight against the Split Roll Initiative (bankrolled by the Chan-Zuckerberg Foundation, the California Teachers Association and others in excess of $14 million).

A recent independent analysis prepared for the California Assessors Association (CAA) highlights how increased staffing and expanded workload will create an administrative nightmare for local governments. The same study also indicated that significant costs for other county agencies, including auditors, controllers, and county counsel are not included – meaning administrative costs will be much higher than the projected $1 billion. Finally, the study concludes that the proposition will cause some rural counties to lose property tax revenue rather than experience the gains claimed by special interests promoting the initiative.

This free event is open to the public and pre-registration is required. Participation will be limited so early registration is suggested. Guests may sign up at

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The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) is affiliated with the California Congress of Republicans, a chartered organization of the California Republican Party. Our regional focus is San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and we attract members and speakers from all over the Bay Area region. SPARC hosts a dozen events a year that are open to the general public. SPARC was founded in the year 2000 and has been built on the historic Republican principles of limited government, low taxes, and a strong national defense. As a group, we work to extend our support for Republican candidates who will work at all levels to help make these goals come true. Link to SPARC Logo