SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his opposition to Proposition 98 on Friday, saying the June 3 ballot measure threatened to undermine public works projects by restricting the government's ability to exercise eminent domain.
In addition to phasing out rent control, Proposition 98 would restrict the ability of government agencies to force the sale of private property for projects deemed beneficial to the public. As a result, Schwarzenegger said, the measure could delay or drive up construction costs.
"Eminent domain is an issue worth addressing," the governor said in a statement. "However, Proposition 98 would undermine California's ability to improve our infrastructure, including our water delivery and storage."
Schwarzenegger's position is at odds with the California Republican Party, which supports the measure.
Supporters, including Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., said the governor was relying on a flawed legal analysis of Proposition 98. Coupal said the measure would protect private property owners from losing their land for private development but would not apply when land is taken for public works projects.