Peninsula voters need to be informed about two competing propositions on the state ballot that could have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of Californians.
Props 98 and 99 are both ostensibly about eminent domain reform, but Prop 98, funded primarily by landlords and mobile home park owners, would eliminate a host of protections for the environment and for seniors, veterans, and working families who rent their homes or live in mobile home parks.
Because Prop 98 is extreme and far-reaching, a broad coalition has united to oppose it, including the California Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters, AARP, California Teachers Association, Governor Schwarzennegger, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, every major environmental organization in the state, and numerous others.
Proposition 99, the Homeowners Protection Act, is a straightforward measure that would prohibit the government from using eminent domain to take a home to transfer to a private developer. It would not diminish renter and environmental protections in any way. It is supported by the California Alliance for Retired Americans, League of Women Voters of California, the League of California Homeowners, and dozens of respected organizations representing seniors, business and labor, public safety, environmental groups, and many others. Proposition 99 would protect homeowners from eminent domain abuse.
Proposition 99 would protect homeowners from eminent domain abuse. Prop 98 would have dramatic consequences for the well-being of seniors and working families and for the health of our environment. Please vote on June 3rd.
Andy Blue, San Francisco
Letter published in the May 21, 2008, issue of The Almanac.