Measure A Passes in Orange County
Affirms Respect for Property Rights of All
Orange County Measure A passed overwhelmingly by a 3-1 margin countywide. The measure will limit all eminent domain takings by county government to only public uses, not for private development. This was the first popularly-approved measure by any U.S. county since the Supreme Court's controversial Kelo decision lifted all federal limits on eminent domain takings.
Though Measure A does not bind city councils, it does send a powerful moral message to all elected officials that their public opposes eminent domain for private gain. It helped make eminent domain abuse a key issue in hard-fought June primary races. It gives momentum to a statewide November eminent domain ballot measure and a charter amendment proposal in Anaheim, where Mayor Pringle has taken a strong stand for a "freedom-friendly" city that honors the property rights of all.
Above is an excerpt as taken from Supervisor Chris Norby
per his newsletter dated January 7, 2006 Volume 4 Issue