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Page 14-Thursday, June 1, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Propert tax cut looms inCalif.
SEPULVEDA, Calif. (AP) - On a A reval measure on the SUBSEQUENT polls showed a sharp tative layoff notices to 28,000 teachers,
platform in a roped-off suburban street ballot-Proposition 8, which would give increase in support for Proposition and some say they may double class
on a sweltering hot night, a heavy-set homeowners a 32 percent tax cut but 13-so much so that Brown is all but size and fire half their teachers. Local
man with slicked-back hair and sagging limit tax cuts for business, farm and conceding it will win and is making con- fire districts predict cutbacks of 15 per-
jowls grips a microphone with one apartment properties to only two-thirds tingency plans for cuts in state spen- cent to 75 percent. Signs have been
hand, waves the other hand in the air of those in Jarvis' plan-has better ding. posted at San Francisco libraries and
and bellows, "It's either them or us, and organized support and more money, but From his early prediction that Oakland fire stations saying services
we're for us.' it has not been able to generate the Proposition 13 would require a huge will be curtailed or closed if Proposition
This is -the face of California's emotional impact of Proposition 13. state tax increase or cuts in essential 13 passes.
property tax revolt. And what headway the anti-13 forces government services, Brown-who is "Nobody believes their campaign,
The speaker is Howard Jarvis, a 75- had made in opinion polls, which seeking re-election in November-is not a word of it," he said in an inter-
year-old former newspaper publisher, showed only a slim lead for the now saying he will not approve higher view.
now head of a landlords' association initiative in mid-April, has been wiped taxes and thinks essential services will "The other day I was debating a
and sponsor of a $7 billion property tax out by a decision of Los Angeles County survive. school superintendent, and he said
cut proposal, Proposition 13 on the June supervisors to mail new higher proper- But in some local governments, the Proposition 13 was going to hurt the
6 state ballot. ty assessment notices ahead of mood is one of impending catastrophe. school system. The people stood up and
JARVIS' PROPOSAL would cut schedule-before the election. SCHOOL DISTRICTS have sent ten- clapped."
property taxes by an average of 57 per- :/ . g Nn
cent. Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. opposes ' " ' gV
the plan but is drafting plans to cut '
back government services. ,
In the cheering crowd is a middle- ( < % y/'i#
aged woman whose husband is a city
surveyor. Her home has just been
reassessed from $32,000 to $63,000. She
plans to express her anger by voting forP
Proposition 13. >~"
"They're scaring the people by _
saying they'll cut back on the fire 7
department and police," said the ,
woman, who refused to give her name. ,:
"I don't believe it. Everybody has to do
without something. Now government a
will have to do without something.
HER HUSBAND said his department
will be cut 30 percent if 13 passes, but
he's voting for it anyway. "So I'll cut
my throat," he said.
"I'll get another job, go somewhere '
else."
People like these are the backbone of
Jarvis' movement. They live in subur-
bs, where property assessments, fueled
by inflation and a tight housing market,'
have exploded. In Jarvis they have a
leader who tells them their anger is not
only justified, it is heroic.
A campaign slogan in television
commercials captures the spirit:
"Show the politicians who's boss."
BUT OPPONENTS say Proposiiton
13 would not hurt politicians, but the
more than 400,000 public and private
employees who would lose their jobs,
plus millions more who depend on local
government services like schools,
police and fire departments, libraries AP Photo
and parks-all funded partly by proper- HOWARD JARVIS, head of a landlord's association and sponsor of a $7 billion property tax cut initiative on the June 6
ty taxes. California ballot, is shown during a news conference in Los Angeles.

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Little's extradition stayed

WASHINGTON (AP)-Joan Little
has won a two-day stay of her ex-
tradition to North Carolina from U.S.
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Mar-
shall.
Marshall told New York officials to
postpone Little's extradition to North
Carolina until the court's nine justices
study her request to further postpone
her return at their closed conference
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that meeting. Little, 24, came to
national attention after she was tried
and acquitted in 1975 for the slaying of a
North Carolina prison guard she
claimed tried to rape her.
SHE ESCAPED last October from a
state prison in Raleigh where she was
serving a 7- to 10-year sentence on a
conviction for breaking and entering.
She was arrested in Brooklyn last
December.
Since that time, Little and her
lawyers, William Kunstler and Jerry
Paul, have fought against her ex-
tradition claiming "there is a plan or
conspiracy on the part of various of-
ficials of the state of North Carolina to
murder her should she be returned ...
North Carolina officials have con-
sistently denied the existence of any
such plan or conspiracy and have said
she would be treated no differently
from any other prison inmate.

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