Two statewide propositions on the June 3 ballot offer competing alternatives to reform of eminent domain, the authority of the government to take private property for public use.
For voters trying to sort out the impact of the propositions, the League of Women Voters has scheduled a presentation on "The Pros & Cons of the Ballot Measures" 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Program Room of the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St.
In addition to explaining the statewide propositions, members of the League of Women Voters will cover local ballot measures and answer questions from the audience.
The two ballot measures are:
â€¢ Proposition 98 – Property Rights and Rent Control. State and local governments could no longer force the sale of private property and turn that property over to another private person, business or organization, except to protect public safety. Rent control would be made illegal in California, with an exception allowing tenants who now have rent control to keep it until they move.
â€¢ Proposition 99 – Homeowner Rights. State and local governments could no longer force the sale of the home of an owner who has lived there for at least one year and turn that property over to a private person, business or organization for private use or development.
Copies of the Easy Voter Guide are available at public libraries and online. The nonpartisan guide offers brief explanations of the two state propositions and other information about voting.
For more information or to download the guide, visit www.easyvoter.org.