Harmful Rent Control Rollback and Anti-Environment Measures on the
California June Ballot
True Eminent Domain Reform –
The Homeowners Protection Act
we’ve still got to get through the February primary, progressives
should be aware of two very important initiatives which just qualified
for the June 2008 statewide election ballot. One is an outright attack
on rent control, the environment and land-use planning and should be
opposed by all progressives. The other will protect the homes of
hardworking Californians from being taken by eminent domain and given
to a developer. This measure deserves our strong support.
dangerous measure, the California Property Owners and Farmland
Protection Act, aka the “Hidden Agendas Scheme,” is being financed by
wealthy apartment and mobilehome park owners attempting to trick voters
into thinking the measure is about eminent domain. In truth, the
landlords’ scheme is nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt to eliminate
rent control and renter protections.
families, seniors, veterans, widows and other low-income individuals
already struggle to survive in California because of the high cost of
living. Rent control is an important tool to keep affordable housing
available for these hardworking citizens in more expensive, urban
communities. The scheming landlords funding this measure want to drive
these people out of their homes so they can make themselves even richer
by renting out the units at exorbitant costs.
But they face a formidable foe in the form of a strong
and deep coalition of senior groups, affordable housing advocates, tenant
advocates, labor, environmentalists and faith-based groups who have
been working for months to organize to defeat of the Hidden Agendas
Scheme. This coalition has held numerous high-profile, highly
publicized rallies decrying the greedy landlords, and are organizing
regionally and statewide to ensure every voter is aware of the Hidden
Agendas behind the Landlords’ Scheme. You can track their progress and
get involved in this effort at www.nolandlordscheme.com
rent control is not the only harmful impact of the Hidden Agendas
Scheme that progressives should worry about. The measure would also gut
environmental protections, including our landmark greenhouse gas
reduction laws. Read an analysis from one of California’s leading
environmental law firms
That’s why virtually every leading environmental organization has come
out swinging against the Hidden Agendas Scheme.
combat this dangerous initiative and to provide Californians with real
eminent domain reform, Eminent Domain Reform Now, a large coalition of
seniors, homeowners, business, labor, environmentalists, local
governments, public safety leaders, affordable housing advocates has
qualified a separate initiative also for the June Ballot: the
Homeowners Protection Act. This constitutional amendment protects
homeowners by prohibiting government from using eminent domain to take
a home and give it to a private developer. The Homeowners Protection
Act is a direct response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo v.
the City of New London decision from 2005.
It’s a simple,
straightforward ballot proposition and doesn’t include any hidden
provisions or adverse consequences.
now and June 3, members of Eminent Domain Reform Now will be actively
campaigning and educating voters about the benefits of the Homeowners
Protection Act and the dangers associated with the Hidden Agendas
Scheme. For those wishing to get involved and help with the campaign,
please go to: www.eminentdomainreform.com
sign up for the coalition and join us.
Founded in 1973,
for Economic Survival
(CES)is a grassroots multi-racial, multi-ethnic non-profit
community-based organization. CES led the effort to win rent control in
the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, and is dedicated to
organizing low and moderate income people to win economic and social
justice. CES assists working and low-income people throughout the
greater Los Angeles area and surrounding counties in working together
to empower themselves to impact the decision making processes that
effect their day-to-day lives. CES is committed to actively opposing
any type of prejudice or discrimination based on race, gender,
ethnicity, age, religion, income, disability or sexual orientation.