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Eminent Domain, Props 98 & 99

Original post made by R Wray, Palo Verde, on May 14, 2008

Looking at the Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot for the June 3rd election, I notice an interesting ploy going on with Props 98 & 99. Both relate to limits on the government authority with respect of eminent domain.
In schematic form, Prop 98 limits A, B and C. Prop 99 limits A. Prop 99, however, includes a clause that declares 98 void if 99 gets more votes than 98 (assuming both 98 & 99 pass).
Suppose, for example, that 98 passes, say by 90% of the votes. This means that the voters want limits A, B & C by a wide margin. But if 99 gets 90% plus one vote, it eliminates 98 and we get only limit A. As a voter, I hate it when politicians play with us like this.
I'm in favor of property rights, so I will vote for Prop 98 and against Prop 99 since I want limits A, B & C. However, the way this is setup, Prop 99 is bound to get more votes than 98, so enacting the Prop 98 limits doesn't stand a chance even if a large majority votes for them. This is a crude joke on the voters by our Sacramento politicians.

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2008 at 6:14 pm

It is crafty, though not so sure it will work. Voters are not so dumb (well, not all the time). BTW, I wouldn't blame the pols - it was special interests (specifically rent control supporters) that put 99 on the ballot.


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Posted by Vote yes 98, no 99
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2008 at 6:14 pm

You got it. It is a disgusting and shameless manipulation by our demagogues who believe, perhaps rightfully, that they can fool us.

Vote FOR 98, and AGAINST 99 or we will end up with a complete lack of change.

99 is basically no change at all from what we have now, which is the ability of towns to decide they want more of a tax base, so they can simply take some areas of town, and give them to private developers who will bring in more taxes to the town.

What country is this?


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Posted by Vote yes 98, no 99
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Terry, perhaps you are right.

Of course, rent control is the surest way to send an area into a downward spiral.

I probably didn't even have to read the measures, just read who is for and against each measure...


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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2008 at 6:32 pm

I'm sure there is much written, but here's an article from the SF Chronicle on some of the dynamics with 98/99 Web Link

I'll lived through rent de-control in Boston and New York. Nothing but a blessing for both of those towns, which the voters were wise enough to see.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 14, 2008 at 6:56 pm

I'd only vote for these propositions if they repealed Proposition 13 which is basically "rent control" for property owners.


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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm

True that!


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2008 at 11:51 pm

The best, and only effective rent control is a 5% vacancy rate.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2008 at 8:15 am

Ditto for housing prices. Repeal proposition 13. Get more turnover in housing and prices will be controlled. Stop the subsidy for homeowners.


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