Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Indio and Cathedral City all have plans for their revitalization of the downtown areas. I noticed several recent commercial listings in these downtown areas.
Schwarzenegger opposes eminent domain ballot initiativeThe Associated Press Article Launched: 04/25/2008 05:16:19 PM PDT
SACRAMENTO-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he opposes Proposition 98, one of two eminent domain initiatives on the June 3 ballot.
The Republican governor says in a statement released Friday that the measure undermines California's ability to build dams, water delivery systems and other public works projects.
Proposition 98 would forbid California redevelopment agencies and other government entities from using eminent domain to take homes, businesses and farms for private development. Government is required to pay fair market value when it seizes property.
The measure also includes a contentious provision that would phase out rent control at apartments and mobile home parks. That provision has raised fear among the elderly and others who live in mobile home parks, often on fixed incomes.
Adam Mendelsohn, a spokesman for Schwarzenegger's campaign committee, says the governor has not taken a position on the other eminent domain initiative, Proposition 99. That measure is sponsored by the League of California Cities and supported by a coalition of farmers and environmentalists.
It forbids government from taking homes for private development.