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Month: December 2006

December 29, 2006

Why Eminent Domain Reform Failed in California

by Timothy Sandefur My article on why Proposition 90 failed is available in the February issue of Liberty magazine, soon to be on newsstands everywhere. But you can read it early by clicking here. ...

December 21, 2006

Lawsuit Filed Against Bayview Development

San Francisco's KGO Channel 7 has this report about the lawsuit over Bayview/Hunter's Point. ...

December 20, 2006

Hunters Point Renewal Plan Foes Sue City

The San Francisco Chronicle has an article this morning on the lawsuit against San Francisco for refusing to allow residents to vote on a massive eminent domain-urban renewal plan. ...

December 20, 2006

Landowner Asks Supreme Court to Hear Eminent Domain 'Extortion' Case

The Cybercast News Service has this article on the Didden v. Port Chester case. Excerpt: Didden is now asking the Supreme Court to clarify its ruling in Kelo and direct lower courts on how they should interpret it. "We want the Supreme Court to rule that the Constitution does not permit governments or citizens acting ...

December 19, 2006

Press Release on Bayvew/Hunter's Point Lawsuit

by Timothy Sandefur Here is the press release issued today by the attorneys representing the San Francisco property owners: THE REFERENDUM PETITION CAMPAIGN The Bayview/Hunters Point Redevelopment area law was passed by the Board of Supervisors in May, 2006 and subsequently signed into law by Mayor Newsom to create the largest Redevelopment area in ...

December 19, 2006

Suit Filed to Reinstate Bayview Redevelopment Referendum

by Timothy Sandefur Citizens in the Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhood of San Francisco got together and signed petitions to repeal the city's decision to condemn a bunch of land for redevelopment. But the City Attorney refused to place the referendum on the ballot, claiming that the petitioners weren't complete. They weren't compl ...

December 19, 2006

Unholy Partnership in Port Chester

The Lower Hudson (N.Y.) Journal News has this column on the case of Didden v. Port Chester that we mentioned here. Excerpt: In an amicus brief filed on their behalf, the Pacific Legal Foundation noted that an unresolved issue of Kelo directly pertains to the Port Chester case. "One of the primary concerns raised by ...

December 18, 2006

Norwood, cont'd.

In July, we called the Ohio Supreme Court's decision in Norwood v. Horney "the biggest post-Kelo judicial blow to eminent domain abuse in any state in the Union."  It appears from this roundup (scroll to bottom) that attorneys will be back in court this week arguing whether our friends at the Institute for Justice are ...

December 18, 2006

A Profile

A Mississippi paper ran this profile of a prominent eminent domain attorney in that state.  I'm not at all familiar with Mr. Scott, but his common-sense observations and advice give some insight into how he achieved that prominence. ...

December 15, 2006

Federal Report on Eminent Domain

by Timothy Sandefur I meant to post this some time ago, but here is the U.S. Government Accountability Office's report on the use of eminent domain in the United States. It's not particularly interesting or informative, but it's good to know someone in the government is paying a little attention. ...