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Letter: Be sure to vote for Proposition 99

Original post made by Andy Blue, another community, on May 24, 2008


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Posted by Donald
a resident of another community
on May 24, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Prop 99 is simply a ploy to get people to vote against Prop 98. They both look like trash to me, and I hope the citizens of California have the sense to vote no on both.

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Posted by Pablo
a resident of another community
on May 28, 2008 at 9:31 am

I agree w/Donald. Consider voting "no" on both issues.

The real abuse is that "eminent domain" is a non-market proceeding in which the public gets ripped off by overpaying for land.

I appreciate the heart grabbing case from New London Connecticut, but I'm not aware of any evidence in California and particularly in our area where eminent domain powers are being abused or that many residential parcels are being "given" to developers.

My experience with "eminent domain" abuse, from the eminent domain of property on Hamilton avenue in Menlo Park, (where property was "taken" from commercial owners and given to residents) is that eminent domain is a racket in which the public entity pays vastly more than market rates to acquire property, in part because the eminent domain proceeding is well known and populated by sharks who know how to game the system to get the most amount of money from the public.

In one project, Menlo Park vastly overpaid for commercial properties and ultimately built "affordable" housing units with subsidies of nearly $500k per unit. In another commercial project on Hamilton Road the developer was given subsidies of more than $1M to build the commercial area on the corner of Hamilton at Willow.

In another example, after the Bonsai Sushi restaurant in RWC was acquired under eminent domain for the theater complex they opened TWO new restaurants, one in Atherton and one in Menlo Park. (The Menlo Park restaurant apparently failed.)

Unless you have some unbreakable emotional attachment to your property, you should pray to have it taken from you in an eminent domain proceeding, and please remember that as an alternative to accepting money, you have the right to insist on being give "like kind."