Can they take my house?

Many California homeowners are concerned about the government’s right of eminent domain–the right to take over private property in order to serve some public cause. On June 3, voters will be asked to weigh in on two ballot measures dealing with this issue. One of them, Prop 98, worries renters as well as some conservation groups because it not only restricts the use of eminent domain, but also eliminates rent controls imposed by cities throughout the state. The second one, Prop 99, is much more narrow–targeting only the right of government to seize privately owned property. Some of the sponsors of these measures are hoping to slip them through during a quiet election when voter turnout is expected to be low. That is why it’s so important for the League, and other civic groups, to encourage voters to go to the polls. Most voters’ eyes are on November, but if we don’t vote in every election, we stand in danger of losing on some important issues that even a new president can’t fix.

All League News