Docket No. S.F. 24177.

32 Cal.3d 47 (1982)

648 P.2d 935

184 Cal. Rptr. 713

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, Petitioner, v. JOHN C. FARRELL, as City Controller, etc., Respondent.

Supreme Court of California.

August 5, 1982.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


George Agnost, City Attorney, Burke E. Delventhal, Paula Jesson and Mark Kertz, Deputy City Attorneys, Jerome B. Falk, Jr., Peter J. Busch and Howard, Prim, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady & Pollak for Petitioner.

Stanley E. Remelmeyer, City Attorney (Torrance), Roger P. Freeman, Deputy City Attorney, Lyn R. McDougal, City Attorney (El Cajon), Daniel J. Curtin, Jr., City Attorney (Walnut Creek), Donald R. Haile, City Attorney (Watsonville), Robert W. Parkin, City Attorney (Long Beach), John R. Calhoun, Assistant City Attorney, Phil J. Shafer, Deputy City Attorney, James L. Markman, City Attorney (Brea and La Mirada), Samuel Gorlick, City Attorney (Burbank), Marvin E. Helon, City Attorney (Clovis), David J. Levy, City Attorney (Concord), Bush, Achley, Milich & Hollinan (Escalon, Oakdale and Riverbank), Gail Hutton, City Attorney (Huntington Beach), Constance K. Heneke, City Attorney (Los Altos), John J. Murphy, City Attorney (Lynwood), Elwyn L. Johnson, City Attorney (Modesto), K.D. Lyders, City Attorney (Oxnard), William J. Adams, City Attorney (Palm Springs), Evelynn M. Finn, City Attorney (Pasadena), P. Lawrence Klose, City Attorney (Petaluma), John Woodhead, City Attorney (Riverside), Ralph H. Prince, City Attorney (San Bernardino), Edwin J. Moore, City Attorney (Santa Clara), J. Dennis Crabb, City Attorney (South Lake Tahoe), Charles Haughton, City Attorney (Beverly Hills), Burke, Williams & Sorensen, Mark C. Allen, Jr., Michael W. Stamp, Jeffrey N. Haney, Acting City Attorney (Oakland), and Gerald A. Sperry, City Attorney (Stockton), as Amici Curiae on behalf of Petitioner.

Ronald A. Zumbrun, John H. Findley, James L. Meyer and Julian Rhine for Respondent.

Daniel G. Nauman, Robert S. Thompson, Thomas J. Ready, Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley, A. Charles Dell'Ario, Elizabeth J. Robison and Wendel, Lawlor, Rosen & Black as Amici Curiae on behalf of Respondent.



In 1978, the voters adopted Proposition 13 (now art. XIII A of the Const.), which places limitations on the taxation powers of state and local government. Section 4 provides, "Cities, Counties and special districts, by a two-thirds vote of the qualified electors of such district, may impose special taxes on such district, except ad valorem taxes on real property or a transaction...

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