FROM Tom Adams
A Stealth Attack on Rent Control? Apartment, house and mobile-home owners are among the supporters of Proposition 98 on the June 3 ballot. It would limit government's right to seize private property but would also phase out rent control in 100 cities, including Los Angeles, Santa Monica and West Hollywood. We hear the pros and cons of Prop 98 and a rival measure, Prop 99 .
Proposition 90: Private Property, Eminent Domain and the Environment 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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.