Assembly Candidates Quirk, Ong Tussle Over Proposition 30

ELECTION ‘12//ASSEMBLY 20 | There are difference between Assembly candidate Bill Quirk and Dr. Jennifer Ong, after all, and they rest squarely on Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s sales tax increase on the November ballot.

“There are real differences between me and my opponent,” said Quirk, a former Hayward councilman, “you heard it on Prop. 30, which she didn’t quite say she opposed, but she’s against raising taxes, so I think that means she’s opposed to it.” In an exchange earlier at Wednesday’s candidates forum in Hayward, Quirk said consumers could afford to pay the quarter-cent sales tax increase, saying a the purchase of a $1,000 television would only add another $2.50 to the bill.

“It may seem like there’s not much being affected,” countered Ong, “but that’s not the case for the people who don’t have much to begin with or can’t access social programs because they are undocumented.” She added, “I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘I don’t’ know how much more we can pay in taxes or anything at all.’”

The mostly sedate 45-minute forum, however, was awoken from its slumber during Quirk’s closing statement when he repeatedly banged his open hand against the desk before him punctuating his support for Prop. 30. “I’m for it. I walked for it!” he said, while arguing he has seen, firsthand, the state of disrepair at schools and colleges due to continuing cuts to education.

Ong, instead, proposed going after companies who have failed to pay an estimated $8 billion in corporate state taxes and instituting an oil extraction tax also proposed by 18th Assembly candidates, Rob Bonta and Abel Guillen.

“Well, certainly we would love to see that $8 billion collected,” said Quirk, but corporations not paying their fair share has long been a problem at all levels of government. “We can do more, but I wouldn’t count on it.” Along with approving Prop. 30, said Quirk, he proposed closing corporate sales tax loopholes and doing so by attracting the help of new, hopefully more moderate Republicans in the next Assembly.

Later in the forum, Quirk asserted Ong was continually ducking the moderator’s questions, specifically those concerning her stance on Prop. 30. Afterwards, Quirk griped, “Often times, I don’t think she answered the question.” When pressed about her position on the proposition, Ong told The Citizen she was troubled by the regressive nature of the sales tax increase. “I won’t be able to personally support that,” said Ong. “It’s trying to stick it to the poor.”

6 thoughts on “Assembly Candidates Quirk, Ong Tussle Over Proposition 30

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  2. These comments above are racist against pacific Asians. Dr. Jennifer Ong is a very experienced legislator and I can see that all of you are Quirk supporters. She has more experience on legislation than everyone around here and I am surprised you did not read her flyers for she has many years and more than Quirk on government. I am sure that to not have a candidate statement was her choice since no one ever reads those things anyway. Dr. Ong will be the first pacific Asian so lets not be racist.


  3. Yep yep the sample ballot shows NO statement for Ong. I wasted my vote on her. I should have voted for Reynoso, but just got stuck on him being a Republican. I gradually became to like what he does at the school board. He has been iron clad consistent on everything he says and what he is going to do. Sorry Reynoso forgive me for not voting for you now I think you would have eaten up Quirk alive in these debates. You might want to think becoming a democrat one day. I think people like what you are doing for the community alot but like me they are stuck on you being a Republican.


  4. When I saw the last post, I thought that can't be right. So I went over to my sample ballot- Ong has NO STATEMENT. She did in the primary. Is Ritchie Ross still running her campaign?? And now she may vote against Prop 30? Does she know that k-12 schools could lose 7 school days? Chabot College estimates that it will have to turn away 2500 students! More cuts at UC and CSU! Wow, I may have to leave the assembly race black- can't vote for the political whore Quirk.


  5. I am very disappointed in Jennifer Ong her inexperience shows. She did not even put out a candidate statement for the November election.
    I voted for her because she was for prop 30 at the primaries. If I had known she was such a wishy candidate I would not have voted for her. So sad. I think the people are right Jennifer Ong is dumb.


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