Governor Gavin Newsom visited Palm Springs on Friday morning to highlight Proposition 13, a statewide school improvement bond as part of his pre-election get-out-the-vote tour.
This trip to Palm Springs is part of a larger tour that also includes a trip to San Diego and other areas to follow.
Newsom spoke at Vista del Monte Elementary School at 11:30 a.m. We're told the Palm Springs school was chosen because it is one that could receive the funds should the bond pass.
The governor was joined by supporters of Proposition 13, the statewide school facilities bond. Newsom is aiming to educate leaders and proponents of safer, healthier schools in Palm Springs. He visited to raise awareness and support for the prop, which is the only statewide measure on Tuesday’s ballot.
His office says the prop is supported by a bipartisan coalition, and that it would make California’s schools safer and healthier. If it passes, it will authorize $15 billion in school improvement bonds for public preschools, kindergarten-12th grade schools, community colleges and universities.
While it would provide funds for public schools across the state, prop 13 comes at a steep cost. It’s possible property taxes would go up to pay for it, and it would ultimately cost a total of $26 billion in taxpayer dollars when interest is also factored in.
The event was open only to credentialed media. Newsom answered questions during the event.
Stay with News Channel 3 for continuing coverage of the governor’s visit.