An Unlikely ‘No’ to Prop 19

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Fifty-seven percent of Laguna voters voted “no” for Proposition 19, the so-called “legalization of marijuana” initiative. Forty-two percent voted “yes.” Northern California voters, where lots of “pot” is grown, along with voters across the state, turned down the proposition. Why?

Simply stated, voters don’t want government meddling in the long-established production and supply lines, and since it is a “cottage industry,” people want the government to stay out. Along with this desire, people are afraid of big business coming into marijuana production, even though it is California’s largest cash crop.

Farming, preparing and selling “pot” is working quite well without big brother’s interference, and I don’t think any marijuana proposition in the future will win either. The cops got their way, but not for reasons they will ever understand.

Roger Carter, Laguna Beach

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  1. Good article. But so much for Proposition 19 in 2010. Compared to the outcome now, that 2010 measure seems to pale in comparison. The Prop 19 measure now, in 2020, is far more unsettling; unraveling the critical “parent to child exemption” or “parent to child exclusion”, removing our right to avoid property tax reassessment. Fortunately, as far as property tax reduction is concerned – we have a few options left thanks to Proposition 13 still hanging in there. If we’re inheriting property from a trust or an estate, we can still apply for a trust loan to keep a low property tax base… plus buyout co-beneficiaries who wish to sell their inherited property shares (in the same property we’re inheriting). All we need is a Proposition 58 / Proposition 13 trust fund lender, for instance like, for example – a Newport Beach trust lender that is, believe it or not, giving any California based beneficiary, inheriting property from a parent, a free trust loan and evaluation right now — to review the tax breaks still remaining… associated with a property transfer and keeping a low property tax base tied into inheriting property taxes. We can verify their program and history at We can also look at getting a property tax appeal, despite obstacles caused by Prop 19, and look at various property tax reduction solutions, from several well known, established tax reduction firms that are now in huge demand due to shrinking property tax reduction opportunities, like for example – who is also offering a “free consultation” for California business and residential property owners, to review real property tax appeal, business property tax appeal, personal property compliance, and property appraisal. It’s definitely worth a call, in my opinion, now that we don’t have a Proposition 58 tax break in one piece any longer. So we can thank our lucky stars at least for that opportunity to reduce our property tax and/or business tax burden.


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