PLEASE PASS ON: VOTE ‘NO’ ON PROP 98 Proposition 98 on California’s June ballot would have a devastating impact on communities and on the environment.Message 1 of 1 , May 8, 2008View Source
PLEASE PASS ON: VOTE �NO� ON PROP 98
Proposition 98 on California�s June ballot would have a devastating impact on communities and on the environment. Sponsored by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer�s Association, as well as by apartment and mobile park homeowner groups, Prop 98 wants voters to believe the measure is only about changing eminent domain rules, but it is really about benefiting large landowners and developers!
Prop 98 would dismantle communities� ability to enforce their own decisions about growth and development. Hidden in its fine print is language that would make unconstitutional ALL laws or regulation that limit property values of individuals or companies. It would prohibit laws protecting the environment, threaten public water projects, and abolish rent control and other renter protections. Because of Prop 98�s anti-renter provisions, large landowners would reap enormous financial benefits on the backs of the elderly and fixed-income renters. It would also negate the current efforts by grassroots environmental groups to preserve the environmental integrity of privately held open-space areas, such as in the case of Coyote Valley.
Proposition 99, the Homeowners Protection Act, on the other hand, would reform eminent domain practices to protect homeowners and small businesses by prohibiting state and local governments from using eminent domain to transfer an owner-occupied home to a private developer. The League of California Homeowners, Leagues of California Cities and the California League of Conservation Voters have sponsored Prop 99, and if Prop 99 gets more votes than Prop 98, it will prevent the hidden provisions of Prop 98 from taking effect.
Prop 98 can only be defeated by a grassroots effort. Any support you can provide to this campaign will go a long way, be it your time, money or voice. Please help educate others on this issue and pass along this email to others.
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