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San Francisco rebuked for ‘fundamental’ abuse of property rights

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

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Gov. Brown rebuilds redevelopment 11

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

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Appeals court backs property rights

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”

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Incoming Assembly speaker seeks vast new power for Coastal Commission

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

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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

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Property rights score victory in Alameda County 3

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

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California Coastal Commission keeps grabbing land 24

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

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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

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We have been deleting abusive comments 62

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

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Legislature attacks California property rights 42

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

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