But you’re not fooling anyone.
Proposition 98, on the ballot this June, claims to be a measure to limit the government’s ability to take private property under “eminent domain.” Marvy – that Supreme Court decision was a crock of shit –
But wait – before you mark your ballot, read on: Notice that Proposition 98 also ELIMINATES RENT CONTROL.
Yep, that’s what I said – No More Rent Control. Yeah, who could need that? And if you don’t believe me, check out what the Legislative Analyst’s Office has to say:
The measure generally prohibits government from limiting the price property owners may charge others to purchase, occupy, or use their land or buildings. This provision would affect local rent control measures. Specifically, government could not enact new rent control measures, and any rent control measure enacted after January 1, 2007 would end. Other rent control measures (those enacted before January 1, 2007) would be phased out on a unit-by-unit basis after an apartment unit or mobile home park space is vacated. Once a tenant left an apartment or mobile home space, property owners could charge market rate rents, and that apartment unit or mobile home space would not be subject to rent control again.
Prop 99 seems to be better – just closing the “eminent domain” option without tacking on the Kill Rent Control business – but as a rule I just vote NO on all propositions.
I’m for LESS government, not more.
So vote for 99 or don’t, but for the love of jebus get out and vote NO on 98.