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LAist at the Polls: Vote NO on Proposition 98

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Though it’s not as high profile as the magical adventures we had on Super Tuesday, there’s an election tomorrow and it’s of critical importance for everyone in the State who isn’t a landlord or a massive corporate entity. In addition to various local elections, there are two propositions on the ballot tomorrow competing for your vote on seemingly the same issue - Prop 98 and Prop 99.

Both propositions aim to amend Eminent Domain law in the state of California, ostensibly to prevent abuses of ED such as those highlighted in the 2005 US Supreme Court Case Kelo Vs. The City of New London. Such reforms are arguably long overdue. However, the similarity of the propositions and brazen mendacity on the part of certain interests make tomorrow's vote critical. Neither proposition adequately addresses the concerns of ED, a problem for those of us serious about preventing Kelo style overreach, but while one of them doesn't go quite far enough, the other is nothing more than a malicious scheme to destroy renter's rights and hasten California's transition to a third world style economy. It's a brazen attack on the middle and working class of California's cities shamefully disguised as an attempt to strengthen their rights.

To put it bluntly, the specific intent of Proposition 98 is to abolish Rent Control in the state of California.

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Vote no.

A more detailed (and pedantic) discussion after the jump.