Don’t Count On Prop. 99

The Saint ReportNews 2008, saintblog0 Comments

May 19, 2008 Los Angeles Times

THE PURPORTED ANTI-CONDEMNATION MEASURE WOULD ACTUALLY BLOCK MEANINGFUL EMINENT-DOMAIN REFORM.

The U.S. Supreme Court created a huge political backlash when it ruled that local governments could use eminent domain to seize private property and transfer it to other private owners for “economic development.” Since the Kelo ruling in 2005, 42 states have enacted limitations on eminent domain—not always effective ones. But like lawmakers in many other states, some California officials are trying to block real eminent domain reform.

On June 3, Californians will vote on Proposition 99, a ballot initiative sponsored by groups representing cities, counties, redevelopment agencies and other pro-condemnation interests. It purports to protect property rights against eminent domain, but it actually provides almost no protection.

Don’t Count On Prop. 99

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