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WHY CHOOSE OUR INITIATIVE
Why Support Our People's Initiative? Why so many initiatives on eminent domain?Are you competing with McClintock's initiatives?
Why support our People’s Initiative?
It is the simple, single issue Initiative which provides: “No eminent domain for private gain.”
Our “people’s initiative” is an all volunteer, non-partisan, grassroots effort that brings together people from every political persuasion. Our initiative was written by people representing the full spectrum of political values from conservative to liberal. One proponent of our initiative is an active Republican and one is an active Democrat. We have set aside our partisan differences to focus on this one all-important issue of protecting our homes, businesses and places of worship from eminent domain seizures for private gain. With public opinion polls showing 80-90% of Californians opposed to the use of eminent domain for private profit in the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision, this is the one issue we can all get behind. Overwhelming public support for this one issue, and this one issue only, will end eminent domain abuse in California.
We call ourselves “The People’s Initiative” because we represent and base our campaign on a groundswell of support from ordinary Californians like you. We stand for a single-issuethat simply fixes the kind of abuse that has so outraged the nation in the Kelo decision. Our cause and our initiative is simply “no eminent domain for private gain.” Nothing has been added to attract funding from special interest groups to finance a paid signature gathering effort. We are not playing politics and using the public’s passion for eminent domain reform to further other political or economic agendas. We are using the initiative process in the way it was intended – to give voters a voice and a vote when the courts and our legislative process fails us.
This isn’t about politics, it’s about people. In her testimony at the Supreme Court, Suzette Kelo says it best: This battle against eminent domain abuse may have started as a way to save my little pink cottage, but it has rightfully grown into something much larger – the fight to restore the American Dream and the sacredness and security of each one of our homes.
Why so many initiatives on eminent domain?
Because the other initiatives have included other partisan issues. We filed a separate initiative that was written by Democrats and Republicans to be a nonpartisan proposal for the single issue of eminent domain reform: No Eminent Domain for economic gain.
The McClintock/Jarvis Taypayer Association Initiatives have made the decision to join eminent domain reform with other partisan issues of ending rent control and limiting regulations (such as environmental regulations) on land use. This strategy brings financial support from various lobbyist groups to fund a paid initiative drive, but these additional issues do not bring the kind of broad, nonpartisan support for eminent domain reform that has galvanized public opinion across political lines. They risk losing the majority of voters needed to pass our single most important issue: eminent domain reform: No eminent domain for economic gain.