SACRAMENTO (March 8, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) is pleased to report that The California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights (CAPPPR or the Alliance) has honored him as '2011 Champion of Private Property Rights' recipient March 7th, 2012. The Alliance is a coalition of family farmers, community and taxpayer advocates committed to exposing the dangers and abuses of eminent domain - government's taking of private property from unwilling sellers to benefit politically connected developers.
"I have devoted most of my adult life to protecting property rights and we have had our successes and there are many challenges yet ahead," said Nielsen. "Property rights are one of the fundamental elements of our society and we must all still fight to preserve these critical rights."
Marko Mliktoin, President of The Alliance said the following in honoring Nielsen with this award, "Your vote to abolish California redevelopment agencies was the greatest single action a Member of the State Legislature could take to protect California property owners from eminent domain abuse and to end corporate welfare for private development."
"At a time when few in government challenge powerful political interest groups in defense of their constituents, you did the right thing by protecting private property rights," said Mliktoin. "Your vote was an act of courage that deserves greater recognition."