By A.J. Hazarabedian

Claremont’s city council will be voting this Tuesday to decide whether or not to extend the redevelopment agency’s eminent domain authority on nonresidential properties.

According to the Contra Costa Times article, “Claremont examines eminent domain“, some city council members have an issue with this ordinance.

The city’s mayor, Corey Calaycay, is against the ordinance because he does not believe that some of the buildings which have been deemed blighted are in fact blighted.

The final vote will be considered at the council meeting on Tuesday, November 24 at 6:30pm at City Hall, 225 Second St., Claremont, CA.

Commentary from A.J. Hazarabedian

The definition of “blight” in California is complicated, and sometimes, even properties which do not appear blighted can fall within the legal definition of blight. This has been an area of significant dispute in recent years, given some agencies’ misuse of the eminent domain process for private gain, and is an area which could well see a modification in the law in coming years.