Thursday, February 23, 2006

Initiative #1203?

I've read that we may be facing something like 70 ballot initiatives in this year's elections, assuming they all qualify for the ballot. This one, reference number 1203, is beyond me. Can someone tell me why we need an initiative that establishes "the creation of a free Internet listing service providing the public with nonconfidential information on real estate for rent or for sale"? Seems to me we already have plenty of such listing services. What's wrong with and some of the others? Someone must have way too much time on their hands.


At 7:18 PM, Blogger mresquan said...

Maybe the proposers want to take out Craigslist.I see no need for it.I don't know,maybe in some parts of the state things are different,but everywhere I've lived,all real estate info has been very simple to find:either through brokers or sellers.It's gotta be a knock on things like Craigslist and such.The"free" part probably comes with a catch.
What I am interested in is these measures 1202 and 1204,Not sure how much I like the idea of government occupying condemned properties,since they generally are the final say in it being condemned in the first place.Minus that, I can go with it,provided that the public approves of these regulated entities.This whole eminent domain thing rubs me wrong,the most blighted properties seem to have government hands on it,no matter how.So I am glad that these 2 measures( with 1204,I can see where leasing for public use will get support)have been brought to the table.

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I read that Craigslist did start charging in some areas, New York City being one of them. He did it to try and stop multiple entries by people trying to rent out properties. They always want to stay at the top of the listings so, as soon as their listing goes down far enough on the list, they re- list it so it's back on top. I can see how annoying that would be as it pisses me when sellers do that on E- Bay.

I don't see any purpose in that bill unless, as you allude to, there's some skullduggery behind it.


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