Where I Stand
As a mother of two
school age children, I fear for their future. I fear that my two boys
will not have the same opportunities I had when I came to this country
with my parents back in 1963. I fear they will not be able to get a good
education and go to our neighborhood schools. I fear that even if they
are lucky enough to get a good education, they will not be able to get a
job and live here because those jobs have gone overseas. I fear that my
children will have to move out of our beloved city and neighborhood when
they are grown because they cannot afford to stay. I fear that when I am
old and retired, there will no longer be any social security benefits and
safety network to rely upon because our government has squandered away our
tax dollars and mortgaged our future away.
I'm tired of being
afraid because our future is too valuable for someone else to waste.
Ordinary people like you and me must take a stand and say stop squeezing
the working and middle class.
Business as usual is not
acceptable. If it's not working, then we must change. If it's not worth
it, then we will not pay. Our leadership has failed us so we must look
toward ourselves to lead.
How are we being led
down the wrong path? Look at our bloated $5 billion budget. City Hall is
proposing to solve the financial mess we are in by proposing more taxes.
Look at the city's policies and the propositions in the November ballot.
Proposition K would add
yet another cost of doing business by imposing a gross receipts tax of .1%
on all businesses with receipts totaling $500,000 or more annually. This
tax is calculated on gross receipts, not net receipts.
There is no deduction for salaries and expenses in the calculation and
determination of status so even if a business is losing money, it must pay
this tax. Will this help us keep jobs?
Proposition J will
increase the sales tax to 8.75% and equal the highest rate in the Bay
Area. Would you shop here if a short trip outside S.F. would save you
hundreds of dollars in taxes for large purchases?
Proposition A is the
largest housing bond in the history of the U.S. This is a bond for
subsidized housing. Who are we subsidizing? In addition to housing for
the poor, Proposition A ask tenants and homeowners who are struggling to
pay their rents and mortgages to subsidize people earning up to $95K
annually make their down payment. Does this make sense?
Help tenants become
homeowners by lifting the cap for condo conversion if all the residents of
a building agreed to buy. Remove the barriers for homeownerships by
letting people take advantage of the low interest rates but do not ask
people who make less to subsidize those who make more.
Proposition B and L ask
us to fund the preservation of old cable car barns, single screen theaters
and the likes with tens of millions of dollars when we are in a financial
crisis. Meanwhile, General Hospital needs hundreds of million for repair.
Where is our priority?
The Richmond is a
diverse neighborhood. Instead of allowing students to attend their
neighborhood schools, students are being assigned across town to promote
"diversity." Our schools are now more segregated than ever because those
unhappy with this policy are opting for private schools or are moving out
of the city.
Keep our children in
our neighborhood schools. Neighborhood school promotes parental
involvement, sense of community, and safety. The present school
assignment policy does not work, let's change it.
Sometimes the problems
in our city seem overwhelming and we do not know where to start. Let's
start by setting our own priorities and not give City Hall a blank check.
Take a stand with me and secure our future. Ordinary people can do
extraordinary things if we take a stand together and vote for change.
Rose Tsai has been a
resident and activist of the Richmond for 19 years. She is a mother,
wife, radio host, and attorney. A graduate of New York University and U.C.
Hastings College of Law, Rose has been analyzing public policies on the
air for 10 years and believes that to be socially responsible, we must be