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L.A. Area Chamber responds to LAUSD's decision to place a per square foot parcel tax on a June ballot

LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, following the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education’s decision to create a special election in June for a per square foot parcel tax, the Chamber’s Executive Committee was unable to support such a measure.

“We recognize that it is imperative that the Los Angeles region commit resources to provide a quality education to all of our students –education that produces a well-educated workforce that is prepared to compete in the global economy,” said Maria S. Salinas, President & CEO.

“In an emergency meeting of our Executive Committee, we did vote to support LAUSD’s efforts to increase school funding through a flat rate, per parcel tax. However, the per square foot scenario since adopted by the LAUSD Board is inconsistent with our principles on singling out the business community and commercial enterprises.”

“As a Chamber that leads the nation in driving education excellence, we want to be at the table, helping develop a plan to increase investment in our schools. We are grateful to our Executive Committee for their willingness to step up to support one of the proposed parcel tax scenarios, and are disappointed we can’t support the direction the School Board has chosen. We welcome the opportunity to work with the LAUSD Board to identify an alternative.”


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit To coordinate an interview, please contact Mandy Denaux, or 213.580.7532.