Editorials • June 10, 2007
Support for a Statewide Ballot Initiative
I cannot think of any other real chance to do this since I do not believe the voters of
I have said this many times but it is appropriate to repeat it now. At its core rent control is a political problem and a solution to it will be political.
From my vantage point
California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act - Proposed 2008 Ballot Measure
The Alliance has joined the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Farm Bureau Federation to qualify the “California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act” for the June 2008 ballot.
This measure would protect homeowners, businesses and family farms from government’s ability to profit by seizing private property from unwilling sellers and giving it to others, often for development projects that benefit the wealthy and politically connected.
The California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act, previously referred to as the California Property Owners Protection Act, was resubmitted to the Attorney General’s Office May 1, 2007, with some key modifications;
- Since the measure will protect California’s farmland and food supply from eminent domain abuse, the measure’s title was modified to include “Farmland.”
- To protect government’s ability to provide environmental protections, there are no “regulatory taking” provisions that could impede the health and safety of the public.
- The measure’s rent regulation provision has been modified from eliminating rent control after a three year period to phasing rent control out only after the tenant has vacated the property. What hasn’t changed is the belief that government should not be able to dictate the price a property owner can rent or sell their property.