Richard Reeves’ column, “The Death of the Golden State” (Sept. 17), paints a very selfish and incorrect portrait of California’s senior population. Although most of our members do not have school-aged children, we are keenly aware of the need to provide California’s children with the best educational opportunities possible. To this end, the Congress of California Seniors supports Proposition 170 on the Nov. 2, statewide ballot and we’re pleased to sign the official ballot argument. In addition, for the past several years, we have been on the forefront of the budget battles to keep California’s public schools fully funded.
Proposition 170 requires that local school districts obtain a (simple) majority vote in order to pass bond measures to build new schools or repair old ones. Proposition 170 will not only help provide the necessary classrooms for our public school children, it is also good for California’s economy. For every 120 schools built in the state, as many as 50,000 jobs are created.
Seniors know that our children are our future. We will not abandon them.
Congress of California Seniors