1 MILLION  SIGNATURES FOR INITIATIVE

May 15, 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kevin Spillane916-834-0979

Sacramento – Assemblywoman Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel), Honorary Chair of the Protect Our Homes Coalition, announced that approximately 1 million signatures from California voters have been gathered to qualify the statewide initiative to reform eminent domain abuses and are being submitted today to county registrars across the state in time to place the measure on the November ballot.

“The Protect Our Homes Initiative will restore the rights of homeowners and small businesses that were gutted by the Supreme Court’s outrageous decision in the Kelo case. This initiative will protect the average family from having their property taken by government only to be turned over to another private entity that is more influential,” declared the Orange County legislator.

“It is time to end the faction between local governments and special interests that sacrifice the property rights of the average citizen in order to line the coffers of government and the pockets of the powerful.  This initiative will return eminent domain to its original purpose – to be used for true public uses such as building roads, schools, firehouses and other infrastructure needs that serve the public and not the financial interests of the politicians and the powerful,” continued Assemblywoman Walters.

The Protect Our Homes Initiative is a bi-partisan effort composed of Democrats, Independents, Republicans and minor parties. This broad coalition has assembled because of the pervasive abuse of eminent domain that has victimized Californians of every economic, political, and social stripe. The Initiative already has over 5,000 California donors. Following the qualification of the Protect Our Homes Initiative, the committee will run an aggressive and fully-funded campaign.

“There will be powerful forces aligned against us. Local governments and certain special interests that now profit from the use of eminent domain are expected to run a well funded campaign. In fact, given the number of misleading arguments that I’ve personally heard about our initiative from those who profit from eminent domain, it would appear that the distortion campaign has already begun,” said Walters.

Citing as a major factor in the signature gathering effort, Assemblywoman Walters thanked Sen. Tom McClintock for his strong support of the Protect Our Homes Initiative and his generous work to help qualify the Initiative.     Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. City of New London last June, which allowed a local government to take a homeowner’s private property in order to increase tax revenue, a populist uprising has occurred against eminent domain abuse in California and across the nation.
The Protect Our Homes Initiative would require that eminent domain powers only be used for public-use projects. The initiative would also remove the economic incentive to abuse eminent domain laws by requiring the government either to occupy any property that is condemned or lease it only to private parties that are performing public-use projects.

Editor’s Note:  REMEMBER, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TAKE AWAY YOUR RENT CONTROL, THE MOBILEHOME RESIDENCY LAW….  THEY ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS!