The Limits of Anti-Kelo Legislation: Reformers are trying to outlaw eminent domain abuse. But will the laws they’re passing be effective?: Reason Magazine, Aug./Sept. 2007

Posted & filed under In the News.

By Ilya Somin In Kelo v. City of New London (2005), the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the government to condemn property and transfer it to other private owners in the name of “economic development.” Upholding the forced transfer of land in New London, Connecticut, to private developers, the Court ruled that virtually any potential public… Read more »

Magnolia Oaks project still alive: St. Helena Star, 7/26/07

Posted & filed under In the News.

By Jesse Duarte Developers of the 45-unit Magnolia Oaks subdivision have less than two months to resolve the problems that plague the proposal. The St. Helena City Council agreed Tuesday to continue their discussion to give developers time to wrangle with access issues and make the project less intrusive to neighbors. “You’ve got three people… Read more »

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Blight: Voice of San Diego, 7/18/07

Posted & filed under In the News.

By Nina Peterson-Perlman Wednesday, July 18, 2007 | Grantville’s Friars Road Pet Hospital and National City’s Community Youth Athletic Center, while not gleaming edifices of commercial might, don’t fit the traditional definition of an eyesore. The windows aren’t cracked, the plaster isn’t peeling and they attract concerned pet owners and kids wanting to learn how… Read more »

Dan Walters: A preview of battle on seizure: Sacramento Bee, 7/13/07

Posted & filed under In the News.

By Dan Walters California voters will weigh in next year on “eminent domain,” the quaintly named procedure by which governments seize private property for ostensibly public purposes, and a preview of the forthcoming battle was staged in the Capitol on Thursday. Two Senate committees met back-to-back in the same room and approved a bill that’s… Read more »

Newhall Fears Eminent Domain: The Signal, 7/5/07

Posted & filed under In the News.

By Reina V. Slutske   The concept of eminent domain is a scary one – especially to businesses and residents near public projects. Eminent domain is the practice of a government taking a private property, whether business or residential, for public use. Public projects such as roads and schools sometimes require the use of eminent… Read more »

Campaign to Reform Eminent Domain Abuse Kicks Off Signature Gathering: Californians for Property Rights Protection, 7/3/07

Posted & filed under In the News.

Press Release   Today, a broad coalition announced it is launching its efforts to begin the signature gathering process to qualify the California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act (CPOFPA) for the June 2008 ballot. Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Kelo v. New London decision two years ago, 41 states have enacted eminent domain… Read more »

Eminent domain battle resurfaces in Assembly: San Jose CA Mercury News, 7/1/07

Posted & filed under In the News.

By Steve Lawrence   SACRAMENTO—The debate over how much to restrict government’s use of its eminent domain powers to obtain private property for shopping malls and other developments resumes this week in the state Assembly. The Judiciary Committee will consider rival constitutional amendments on Tuesday, one by Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, D-South Gate, and… Read more »

Battle brews over 405 widening project: Los Angeles Times, 6/17/07

Posted & filed under In the News.

By Rong-Gong Lin II Battle brews over 405 widening projectResidents along the 405 are upset that homes may be lost and sound walls moved unnervingly close. Enter the lawyers. As Caltrans moves to widen more freeways as part of a multibillion-dollar infrastructure campaign, road planners are facing an early challenge in tony neighborhoods on the… Read more »