As a member of the California Alliance of Retired Americans, a coalition of more than 800,000 retired Californians, I became familiar with two statewide propositions that will appear in the June 3 primary ballot -- Propositions 98 and 99. As a senior citizen and a California taxpayer, I became aware that the arguments for Proposition 98 are not what they appear to be. Proposition 98 has a flawed eminent domain provision. Proposition 98 prohibits rent controls and eliminates laws that protect seniors against greedy and unfair landlords. Further, it has the potential to allow landlords to raise rents without regard to current limits, and force seniors out of their homes. It is the best interests of all Californians, especially seniors in apartments and mobile home parks, to Vote "no" on Proposition 98.
Proposition 99 will prohibit the use of eminent domain to take one's home and transfer it to a private developer. Big money and developers as well as greedy landlords will tell another story. I encourage voters to join the AARP, Senior Action Network, Consumer Federation of California, League of Women Voters and CARA to vote "no" on Proposition 98 and "yes" on Proposition 99.
ROBERT ALLEN ROZA