Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Californios emphatically rejected a ballot initiative that would have dramatically reduced the ability of politically well-connected developers to use eminent domain to acquire private property.
I don't think anybody was hoodwinked, most voters don't care. Unless it's their ox being gored. John Q is much more concerned with aesthetics and property values than with property rights. Nearly every person I know is okay with Kelo-style eminent domain to some degree. It's all situational. If the blight is offensive enough, well, no problema, send in the bulldozers.
One look at opposition funding and you get a clear picture of who benefits and how big the stakes were.....
Opponents spent about $11.3 million, much of it from the League of California Cities, California State Assn. of Counties and California Redevelopment Assn.
I'm curious. How is it legal for tax supported agencies to spend tax money, forcibly extracted from the wallets of the general public, to lobby for (or against) legislation?
Enjoy your new mall, brought to you by Costco and friends, courtesy of your former next door neighbor.