Proposition 90 would limit government power to seize private property, but opponents claim it would also gut California's environmental protections. We hear both sides. Plus, the California Attorney General files criminal complaints against the former chair of Hewlett-Packard.
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California's Attorney General has filed criminal complaints against Patricia Dunn, the former chair of Hewlett-Packard, and four others involved in the corporate spying scandal. Charges include identity theft, unauthorized access to computer data and conspiracy to commit each of the crimes.
Peter Waldman, Investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal
Local, state and federal governments have always been able to seize property that owners don't want to sell for public uses like roads, schools, parks or fire stations. Last year, the US Supreme Court expanded the government's power to force the sale of property by owners who want to hold on. In addition to public projects like roads or schools, the "power of eminent domain" now can be used for private projects, like shopping centers. Proposition 90 on the November ballot makes California one of 13 states with ballot initiatives to counteract that decision--and more. Is it a reasonable protection for private property rights? Would it increase the cost of government and eliminate safeguards for the environment? We hear the pros and cons.