The measure is backed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Farm Bureau Federation. It would limit the use of eminent domain. That’s when governments seize private property. The measure would forbid governments from taking property for private uses such as retail or commercial projects.
Supporters say it protects owners from losing their property to private developers. But it would allow governments to continue obtaining property for roads and schools.
Opponents say there’s a hidden agenda in the measure-- a provision to eliminate rent control. They say they will put on an aggressive campaign to educate voters. The group called Californians for Eminent Domain Reform has its own competing measure that is also expected to qualify for the June, 2008 ballot.