Voters approve Prop. 99, reject Prop. 98

June 4, 2008 10:58:43 AM PDT
Californians have approved some limits on government home seizures but rejected sweeping changes to property rights laws.

Statewide there are two measures with wide ranging implications for homeowners and renters: propositions 98 and 99.

Proposition 98 would have severely limited rent control. It has been rejected by voters. Proposition 99, which focused solely on limiting eminent domain, was approved.

The party at the Proposition 98 headquarters isn't over yet, event though it became clear the measure had been rejected at around 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday night when the 'no' campaign people got word from the 'yes' on 98 people from Sacramento that they had conceded.

At the same time, people at the headquarters learned that Proposition 99 was victorious. Unlike Proposition 98, Proposition 99 does not try to eliminate rent control, but it does offer some limited protections from imminent domain land seizures primarily for private residences.

The 'no on 98' people believe voters simply did not buy the claims by the measure supporters that rolling back rent control would be a good thing.

"They feel like 98 would have been something that our children would have paid for, for years and years to come, so I am really excited to see it go down in flames. And I do feel that we need some sort of reform for imminent domain abuse for sure, but that shouldn't be something that really targets renters above all else, which is what 98 did," said Proposition 98 opponent Lauren Wheeler.

"When people are confronted with very confusing messages the inclination is usually to vote no. And I think they were just bombarded with ad after ad and we didn't know what to do. So it's not surprising to me that Prop 98 lost," said Proposition 98 supporter Kris Hunt.

In their concession speech, the Howard Jarvis Tax Payers Association vowed to continue to continue their efforts to expand eminent domain protections through the state legislature. If that fails, they say they will try to qualify another ballot measure for a future election.

ABC7 Extra: Election Results


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