Posts Tagged ‘property rights’

San Francisco rebuked for ‘fundamental’ abuse of property rights

Friday, October 24th, 2014

In an era in which eminent domain is routinely used to reward the wealthy and politically connected -- to the detriment of  poor and middle-class property owners -- it's easy to forget that property rights as conceived of in the U.S. Constitution are every bit as essential as free speech and the ri...

Gov. Brown rebuilds redevelopment

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Reversing his 2011 abolition of redevelopment, on Monday Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that will revive it, Senate Bill 628 and Assembly Bill 229. He also vetoed a third redevelopment measure, AB2280, he believed went too far by codifying an anti-poverty program into redevelopment la...

Appeals court backs property rights

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
pasadena trees, city image

Pasadena is known for its famous tree-lined streets. It now also may be known for the trees becoming the key in the first case in California to establish that a city’s urban forestry programs can be subject to “inverse condemnation" lawsuits filed by property owners. The case concerned the wi...

Incoming Assembly speaker seeks vast new power for Coastal Commission

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

If you had to come up with one state agency that has done the most damage to California's economy with its regulatory sweep and overreach, you'll never come close to topping the state Air Resources Board. But it you wanted to pick the one state agency that most consistently advocates a radical vi...

Banner decision upholds property rights

Monday, July 1st, 2013
Banner decision upholds property rights

July 1, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- The Pacific Legal Foundation just won an important property rights case. The U.S. Supreme Court case expanded the right to just compensation to “non-takings” of property in Koontz v. St. Johns River Management District. Paul Beard, the PLF attorney ...

Property rights score victory in Alameda County

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

May 29, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts once observed that it was virtually impossible for any landowner to win a regulatory property takings case against local government.  This was because the case that set the precedent in the law, called the Penn Ce...

California Coastal Commission keeps grabbing land

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Oct. 23, 2012 By Katy Grimes What do you get when you have a powerful state commission of 11 unremarkable people, which produces nothing, but regularly takes money and property from taxpaying citizens, while currying favors with others? I just defined the California Coastal Commission. However...

Newsom attacks property rights

Sunday, July 29th, 2012
Newsom attacks property rights

July 30, 2012 By John Seiler Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, trying to conjure up something useful from his worthless job, has positioned himself supposedly as a "pro-business" Democrat. He even went to Texas to say how the Golden State could learn something about jobs creation from the Lone Star State. B...

We have been deleting abusive comments

Friday, June 8th, 2012

June 8, 2012 By John Seiler We appreciate our commentators adding to our articles. But the past two days I have spent several hours deleting abusive posts, in particular from one commentator who has contributed interesting, civil comments in the past. He has been banned until Monday. If the abuse ...

Legislature attacks California property rights

Friday, May 18th, 2012

May 18, 2012 By Katy Grimes A bill was passed by the Assembly Thursday which would allow a newly created, protected class of individuals to legally hide ownership of property by claiming a public safety classification. By hiding their ownership information, these individuals would be able to co...