Billionaire Suggests a Land Swap as Just Compensation

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Billionaire Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, has been part of a political and legal battle over public access to the coastline for quite some time now. Martins Beach was closed to cars in 2008 when Khosla bought a piece of property and then denied access onto his property. In response, the Surfrider Foundation sued… Read more »

Bay Area Open Space District Plans Eminent Domain for Scenic Park

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After decades of disputes, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) in the San Francisco Bay Area is about to play their ace card as they run out of options. In an effort to open to the public the summit of Mount Umunhum, a former Air Force base, the open space agency plans to acquire… Read more »

Agencies’ Right to Access Private Property Without Filing Eminent Domain Action Still in Limbo – But a Little Less So

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A year and a half ago, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision in one of the most significant court cases of the year, at least in the eminent domain world. For decades, California agencies have used California’s right of entry statutes to gain access to private properties to conduct investigations and tests before filing… Read more »

Marin County Rancher Awarded $3.2 Million in Eminent Domain Case

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A Marin County Rancher has been awarded $3.2 million for property that was seized by the State of California for a Highway 101 expansion in northern Novato. Lorraine Silveira, a 94 year-old rancher, sought $6 million for her land that was seized by the California Department of Transportation using eminent domain. During the proceedings, the… Read more »

Central Subway Expansion in San Francisco Could Ruin Condo Plans

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Efforts to expand the new Central Subway in San Francisco have been renewed by Supervisor Julie Christensen. She recently announced her efforts to purchase a key site required for the expansion of the subway project.   The Central Subway Project seeks to improve public transportation in San Francisco by extending the Muni Metro T Third… Read more »

Kelo Style Redevelopment Revived With Recent Bill Approved by Governor Brown

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Recent legislation passed by the State of California moved the State closer to the return of the old redevelopment agencies and the power of the government to seize private property through the use of eminent domain. Earlier this month the Senate and the Assembly passed Assembly Bill 2, which was approved by Governor Jerry Brown… Read more »

Donald Trump Might Take Your Land?

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The road to the 2016 presidential election has been full of twists with outside candidates like Ben Carson and Donald Trump leading the polls for the Republican Party.   As of the time of this posting, Trump is the Republican Party’s frontrunner, and this success is making him a public target. Opponents of Trump are… Read more »

California Project News: California May Take 300 Farms by Eminent Domain for Delta Tunnel Project

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The state of California has recently disclosed plans to acquire farmland for an unapproved waterway project that intends to divert water from parts of the Sacramento River. The Delta Waterway Tunnel Project (also known as the “Bay Delta Conservation Plan” or “California Waterfix”) is intended to provide water from Northern California to Southern California. This… Read more »

California Project News: More Property Being Targeted for Condemnation for High Speed Rail Project

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Earlier this month, the State Publics Works Board approved and adopted Resolutions of Necessity (the agency’s decision to take property by eminent domain) for 12 more properties in the San Joaquin Valley required by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (“CHSRA”). Parcels impacted are in Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tulare counties. The parcels total 53 acres,… Read more »

Rebirth of Redevelopment in California: Impairing Private Property Rights or Revitalization?

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In a 63-13 vote, Assembly Bill 2, authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, passed in the California State Assembly last week. The bill allows for so-called “Community Revitalization Investment Authorities” – essentially redevelopment agencies with a different title – to acquire private property through eminent domain and make it available to big developers with the… Read more »