Eminent Domain Propositions on the June Ballot
There are two eminent domain propositions on the June 3, 2008 ballot: Proposition 98 and Proposition 99. Proposition 98, in addition to placing restrictions on government taking of private property for public use, would also eliminate rent control and limit environmental protections. However, Proposition 98 would not affect existing tenancies that are covered by the San Francisco Rent Ordinance for as long as at least one of the existing tenants of the unit continues to live in the unit as his or her principal place of residence. The other proposition, Proposition 99, also places restrictions on government taking of private property for public use, but it does not eliminate or change any rent control or environmental laws or regulations. If Proposition 99 is approved by more votes than Proposition 98, then Proposition 98 would not take effect. Additional information about both propositions can be found on the website of the California Secretary of State at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/vig_06032008.htm.