Because of the conviction of one member of the state Senate, and the indictment of a second, Proposition 13 — and taxpayers who rely on its protections — may have slipped the noose being prepared for it by majority Democrats in the Legislature.
Senator Rod Wright, a Los Angeles Democrat, has taken a leave of absence after having been convicted, but not yet sentenced, on eight felony counts related to misstating his residence for the purpose of running for office. Senator Ronald Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello, has been asked to resign by Senate leaders after being indicted for public corruption. The self-destruction of these two lawmakers has a profound impact on the dynamics of the Legislature.
After the votes were counted in the 2012 November election, Democrats were elated. They had gained control of both houses of the Legislature with a veto-proof supermajority that would allow them to pass any and all legislation including measures that require a two-thirds vote. Because tax increases and legislative proposals to weaken Prop 13 require the higher threshold, homeowners have been like residents in a bad neighborhood with their front doors unlocked — subject to attack at any time.