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      Commentary Released: Nov. 4, 2006

      Citizens For A Better America ®

      THE LIE: "Local Governments Should Be Able To Do Anything they want with private properties."


      By Robert Colaco, Volunteer National Chairman, Founder of Citizens For A Better America ®

      Proposition 90 would not be needed in California if it were not for the mischief of the 5 to 4 Majority of the U.S. Supreme Court in their decision on June 23, 2005. In that decision the U.S. Supreme Court decided in KELO et al. v. City of New London et al., that they would allow the City of New London, Connecticut to take the property of private citizens for commercial division, that is commercial rather than government use.

      Citizens For A Better America ® with the acronym and main website of CFABA.ORG is so concerned about this issue that it has placed this issue as question 26 of its 39 questions that candidates must answer correctly to be able to obtain an endorsement from Citizens For A Better America ® and be placed on our Good Guys List ™.

      I, Robert Colaco as the Volunteer National Chairman and Founder of CFABA.ORG am deeply concerned that our U.S. Supreme Court has made a grave mistake in allowing governments to take private property as "eminent domain" or "condemnation" for the purposes of those same governments to then be able to use it for private, commercial development. Having legally immigrated to the U.S.A. from Iraq, as a twelve year old boy, then becoming a naturalized U.S. Citizen at the age of 19 in 1976, I am very proud to be an American who cherishes our form of government. I have great admiration for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the USA.

      It is very easy for us as Americans to think that the same basic roots of bad government can not happen in our beloved America. I am deeply concerned that it can. How can it, you might be asking? It can happen when actions by our own government agencies look like to me, to be the same as the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein. How, you might be asking? One of the greatest differences between our form of government that I so admire and those of the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein is the U.S. Constitutional protection that we have, so when those protections are removed government leaders can do whatever they want.

      It is disappointing and sad that because of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that property owners now need to be in fear of their own governments taking their property not for the building of a freeway, government building, or a school but for them to give or sell that property to someone else who will generate more tax revenues to that government entity. This was the case of City of New London, Connecticut case and In the action taken on May 28, 2002 by the Cypress City Council in California we see a similar case. The Board of Directors of the Cypress Redevelopment agency voted to condemn the land purchased for the construction of a new Church building by Cottonwood Christian Center because the city intended to give Cottonwood's property to Costco Wholesale Corporation (COSTCO the membership warehouse), or another developer that would build a tax-generating facility.

      Our quesion 26 ends with: "Do you support governmental entities using eminent domain laws for the benefit of commercial ventures or enterprises?"

      CFABA.ORG position is absolutely a decisive NO.

      On the November 7th, 2006 ballot,
      please vote YES on Proposition 90.

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