Doesn't California have some sort of property tax increase freeze? I vaguely remember something about if someone owns a house, the property taxes get locked in but when the house sells, the new owner pays out the nose.
I believe that the lenders are including the property tax within the mortgage payment in California. From what heard from a buddy, the lenders want to raise the down payment of a home to 20%-25% instead of the usual 10%. I wouldn't be surprised if the closing cost goes up from 3% to 5%.
I found this article that there is a ballot measure for voters in June that would restrict government's use of eminent domain for private purposes.
Health care for the poor is fine and dandy and i think an honorable thing to do. I dont know if its the role of government to provide such healthcare but if they choose to do that then they have an obligcation to do it in a very cost effective manner. It is that that lack of cost effectiveness that has caused the budget problems. Throwing more money at it is not a solution.