Ballot Measure to Weigh Eminent Domain in California

<p>Two ballot measures on the June ballot in California will challenge the state's eminent domain and rent control rules.</p>
March 23, 2008, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"On June 3, California voters will decide two ballot measures that would restrict government's use of eminent domain for private purposes - and one of them goes much further, eliminating rent controls in cities including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose."

"Eminent domain is the power state and local governments have to take possession of private property for the public good. In its most common application, private landowners are given market value for their property that might be needed for things such as a highway expansion, a public building or installing utility lines."

"Prop. 98 would not only prohibit state and local governments from taking private land and transferring it to another private party - but it would also phase out rent control ordinances and, some critics said, would undermine general land-use zoning and environmental protections."

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Published on Friday, March 21, 2008 in The San Francisco Chronicle
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