SACRAMENTO — Proposition 98 on the June 3 ballot asks voters to make decisions about restricting the ability of government to force the sale of properties and about phasing out rent control. Here is an analysis of television and radio advertisements in support of Proposition 98:
Only partly right
A 30-second television ad opens with a narrator saying "Politicians seized Gail Zauss' home." The same words also appear on the screen.
Zauss says in a video, "You lose a lot more than just your home," including friends and family.
A narrator says: "Only Proposition 98 will stop politicians from seizing homes and small businesses and selling them to developers."
Analysis: Zauss sold her home to the city of Baldwin Park in 1978 after the city threatened to use eminent domain to buy her out. The ads' claim that only Proposition 98 will stop politicians from seizing homes and small businesses is only partly right.
A competing measure on the June 3 ballot, Proposition 99, would bar government from using eminent domain to take owner-occupied homes for private development. The independent Legislative Analyst's Office says eminent domain is "seldom used" against single-family homes.