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School Districts in San Joaquin County
The SJTA prepared a Comparison on Classroom Time / Salary comparison of the four largest districts in San Joaquin County SJTA Report
SJTA Community Forum  Statewide pension reform
California Senator Mimi Walters was invited to speak at a forum hosted by the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association, where the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Foundation released a new study showing unsustainable numbers.  (photos)
We ask, 'How are my tax dollars being spent and what do I get in return?'  Our form of government relies heavily upon the involvement of its citizens.  Contact your elected officials.

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California Legislative Information
Daily events, bill information, new laws.  Search a pending bill and get updates to the bill e-mailed to you!

School Bond Primer
A bond is essentially a tax and the cost is usually divided based on the value of your home.  More info here.

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SJTA Community Forum  Local school bonds
Local school superintendents spoke about current projects, future plans and oversight for their respective voter-approved bond measures at a forum hosted by the SJTA 
Stockton Bankruptcy
SJTA President David Renison delivered a letter to The Honorable Christopher M. Klein outlining the impact of employee pension costs in Stockton and providing workable solutions.  Filed Apr. 3, 2014, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Case 12-32118

Judge Klein, "I might very well conclude the CalPERS contract would be rejected and the $1.5B lien against Stockton is not enforceable".
Read the transcript of court proceedings, July 8, 2014

Blog:  A bitter economic lesson for Stockton retirees

CalPERS Committee approves higher pension calculations
The committee's vote in favor of pension enhancers was expected given the composition of CalPERS' board, which is stacked with public employees or retirees who benefit from the pension system they oversee.  The Associated Press, Aug. 20, 2014
Stockton Building Permit Fees
Stockton's building permit fees are nearly 40% higher than the average of other San Joaquin cities; even higher than some cities in Solano and Sacramento counties comparison study
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Stockton's Measure A                      Nov. 3, 2013 Ballot Measure
Voters approved the three-quarter cent Measure A sales tax, the centerpiece goal of which is to increase the size of the police force by 120 officers by June 2017*. 

A brief description and a Summary Progress Report
(revised Sept. 16, 2014)

Measure A Citizens' Advisory Committee Meeting May 20, 2014
Measure A Citizens' Advisory Committee Meeting July 15, 2014
Next Meeting Oct. 23, 2014, Stockton City Hall
FIGHT THE BITE - Local findings are repetitive statewide
San Joaquin County Mosquito Abatement District Trustees voted huge benefits for themselves in 2009.  District trustees meet monthly, for which they receive a reasonable stipend. But it is unconscionable for part-time, non-elected individuals who are appointed to community service to expect us to pay for their health coverage and that of their families.  Read the full report here.
Putting the bite on taxpayers!  click here
The Cost of Lodi City Council
If health and retirement benefits are considered by a candidate in serving this community, we will most likely be represented by the wrong person.  Lodi News, Mar. 1, 2014  Editorial offers some suggestions and calls for the council's true bosses, the taxpayers, to cast the critical eye on spending.
SJTA Community Forum
Office of San Joaquin County Sheriff
Sheriff Steve Moore and Sgt. Pat Withrow fielded questions in a forum hosted by the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association.
The Record 3-26-14    Lodi News-Sentinel 3-26-14    Video:  Part 1  Part 2

The San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association is one of the oldest taxpayer organizations in California.  We monitor and report on tax-related matters and other financial issues in San Joaquin County.  Members prepare articles, special reports and written analyses to help local residents understand the background and development of the issues that affect our quality of life.

We educate the public by hosting public forums featuring political candidates, community leaders and elected officials in San Joaquin County.  The SJTA has earned the reputation of being fair and balanced, and the association is instrumental in influencing government through oversight and reporting on key issues.  We invite you to join us as we partner with local government officials through a non-partisan approach to solving problems.

David Renison
SJTA President
SJTA Community Forum
SJ County Office of Education, Supt. of Schools
The SJTA hosted a forum in Stockton on Apr. 24, 2014.  James Mousalimas, Jeff Tilton and Mike Gillespie answered wide-ranging questions on fiscal accountability, truancy, curriculum and other  issues of interest. 
The Record      Lodi News-Sentinel
SJTA Endorsement Policy:
The San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association, a nonpartisan organization, encourages informed and active participation in government.  We work to influence public policy through education and advocacy, but we do not support or oppose any political party or any candidate.  We may, however, take action on selected government issues in the public interest.

Stockton's MEASURE A - The tax that's not delivering
  • The Record OPINION, Sept. 7, 2014   "Why was hiring 120 extra officers a slam dunk prior to Measure A, and now it's a difficult, tall order?" SJTA President David Renison

Candidates for schools chief face off at SJTA forum
  • The Record / Apr. 25, 2014  (see headline above)

Budget myopia more like dystopia for California cities

San Joaquin County Sheriff candidates fielded questions from the public at SJTA forum
  • The Record / Mar. 26, 2014  (see headline and video links above)

“Statewide pension reform initiatives have been torpedoed.” SJTA President David Renison

Health coverage for Mosquito District trustees is an “outrageous betrayal of public trust.”  Bug board’s benefits over the top

“We were skeptical about adopting a tax increase without addressing Stockton’s unsustainable pension system.”  David Renison

SJTA opposes sales tax increase

“State audit findings are valuable to us going forward.” SJTA President David Renison

SJTA president, “We want to be seen as truly nonpartisan.”

SJTA hosts a forum featuring backers of two plans at University of the Pacific in Stockton

School Superintendents to appear at taxpayer forum

Gravy train spotting

Pension reform was focus of SJTA forum

SJTA forum: Study finds state workers’ benefits grow 3 times faster than private sector

Should school trustees receive benefits?  “…benefits are hidden from the public.”

SJTA comments on Stockton’s decision to enter bankruptcy

Taxpayer group hosts sheriff, ex-lawmaker, and port director

Stockton gorged on debt for city amenities before crash “Leaders were dazzled by rosy predictions”, SJTA Pres. David Renison

School district payback was brought to light by the SJTA

State Controller said the SJTA pushed for the Stockton audit

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San Joaquin County Supervisor CARLOS VILLAPUDUA
For proposing and obtaining consensus from the Board to set the amount of supplemental funding for outside agencies back to zero at the start of the next budget process. Regardless of funding in the past, all the agencies will have to make the case about what they do and why the county should have to pay for it.   6-26-2014, The Record
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and community leaders!
Lodi City Council - Health benefits for council members
The problem was defined and solutions were presented in March 2014.  But the matter became worse for Lodi taxpayers on June 18, 2014.  SJTA Report
The question is, will voters support the district in borrowing another $114 million when the district already services $25 million a year in bond debt?   Read the measure  FULL TEXT

Nov. 3, 2013
Measure A
Apr. 1, 2014
Measure A
July 1, 2014
Sept. 2, 2014
June 30, 2017
Number of pre-tax budgeted officer positions........................365
Number of sworn officers promised with Measure A revenues....120
Number of sworn officers promised by June 2017...................485
Stockton City Council
District 1
Stockton City Council
District 3
Stockton City Council
District 5
Meet the Candidates

Sept. 25, 2014

Stockton City Council Districts 1, 3 & 5

Elbert Holman ~ Rick Grewal
Gene Acevedo ~ Susan Lofthus
Dyane Burgos ~ Christina Fugazi

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Central United Methodist Church
3700 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA

Open to the Public
Submit your questions here
or at the forum.

Hosted by:
San Joaquin Taxpayers Association
San Joaquin County supervisor candidates face off
The San Joaquin Taxpayers Association threw questions at two candidates vying for a seat on the County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 11, 2014  The Record    Lodi News
Sept. 2, 2014