The June 3rd Election: Private Property and Rent Control
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TV and radio spots leave out some important details about Prop 98 on the June 3rd ballot. One thing they fail to mention: it would ban rent control in 100 California cities. Tonight, we’ll take a second look at Prop 98 and Prop 99, both of which are designed to limit government’s power to seize private property under eminent domain. Also tonight, what if an earthquake like the one in China hit Southern California?
Rent Control on the June Ballot ()In 2005, the US Supreme Court outraged land owners all over the country. It said a local government could use the power of eminent domain to seize private homes--not just for roads, schools or other public projects, but for private developments that would provide increased taxes. Two years ago, California voters rejected a proposition that would have prohibited that practice. This year, the issue is back on the ballot—in competing Propositions 98 and 99. Both would limit the power of eminent domain, but Prop 98 would do much more.
USGS Releases New Earthquake Scenarios for the Southland ()What if an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale—like the one in China--struck Southern California? On November 13th, Governor Schwarzenegger’s office and the federal Department of Homeland Security will conduct a preparedness exercise designed to answer that question. The state and federal geological surveys have provided what they call a ShakeOut Scenario.
- Kate Bartolo: Development and Land Use Consultant
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