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Homeowner rights are property rights

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Regarding the Democratic Party and property rights – the 2012 California Democratic Party Platform includes the following plank addressing protecting existing homeowner property rights:

“Protect existing homeowners’ property rights by limiting eminent domain to reasonable public uses, and oppose the practice of abusing eminent domain to take homes without the consent of the owner and convey property from one private person to another or to any corporation merely to increase tax revenue ...”?

Local Democrats carried the Homeowner Bill of Rights through the legislature and into law – protecting every person’s rights to seek and achieve the American Dream of home ownership. We strongly advocate for individual homeowner rights – yes, that means “property rights.”

Stephen Gale

Santa Rosa


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