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Howard Jarvis group won't oppose bill to close Prop. 13 loophole
Howard Jarvis group won't oppose bill to close Prop. 13 loophole

The staunchest defender of California's politically untouchable property-tax initiative, Proposition 13, has tacitly approved a bid to change the landmark law for the first time since voters passed it 36 years ago. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., the anti-tax group named for the champion of the 1978 measure, dropped its opposition to a bill that would clamp down on companies avoiding higher property taxes when they buy commercial real estate by using a corporate ownership maneuver. "I think that the withdrawal of our opposition, at least for now, suggests that we don't see this as a direct threat to Prop. 13," said Jon Coupal, president of the Jarvis group, whose...

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