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Month: August 2009

August 31, 2009

PLF's Timothy Sandefur on San Francisco public radio

PLF attorney Timothy Sandefur will be on San Francisco’s 91.7 KALW at 7 pm to discuss the philosophical and legal nature of private property. Update: You can hear a podcast of the show by clicking here. ...

August 31, 2009

Setting boundaries for property rights

Author: Timothy Sandefur The National Law Journal has published my article about the case of Stop The Beach Renourishment v. Florida, which the Supreme Court has decided to hear later this year. Excerpt: When the U.S. Constitution was written, there was broad consensus in America that private property was a fundamental human right and that ...

August 28, 2009

PLF says water regs go too far

Author: Harold Johnson In this comprehensive article, PLF attorney, M. Reed Hopper, critiques the Clean Water Restoration Act pending in Congress.  He exposes the misconceptions on  which the Act is based and argues the Act far exceeds congressional power.  Contrary to common belief and longstanding constitutional principles ...

August 25, 2009

The misuse of the Endangered Species Act: becoming clearer everyday

Author: Brandon Middleton When the Endangered Species Act was first enacted in 1973, it would have been hard to imagine that this law would eventually find disfavor among significant portions of the American public.  After all, who could be against protection of endangered species? As we approach 2010, however, it becomes more and more eviden ...

August 24, 2009

Pipe dreams and the response to PLF's "Save Our Water" Petition

Author: Brandon Middleton As my colleague Damien Schiff noted last week, Pacific Legal Foundation has submitted over 12,000 signatures to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urging him to formally request the convening of the "God Squad." The "God Squad" committee would be managed by the Obama administration and would have ...

August 24, 2009

Polar bear update: "It's a good time to be a polar bear."

Author: Brandon Middleton An editorial in yesterday's Washington Times describes how conditions in the Arctic are not fitting the alarming narrative behind the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act: It's a good time to be a polar bear. Unusually cool temperatures in the northern climes last winte ...

August 20, 2009

PLF leads "Save Our Water" petition press conference

Author:    Damien M. Schiff Yesterday, Pacific Legal Foundation held a press conference at the Capitol in Sacramento to notify Governor Schwarzenegger and President Obama that PLF has collected over 12,000 signatures to its "Save Our Water" petition.  The petition asks Governor Schwarzenegger to request ...

August 18, 2009

Reason article on California Coastal Commission abuses

Author:    Damien M. Schiff PLF runs a Coastal Land Rights Project, whose principal goal is to fight on behalf of coastal property owners against big and abusive government.  One of the most frequent violators of individuals' property rights in coastal areas is the California Coastal Commission.  PLF has been ...

August 17, 2009

Lawsuit filed over vetoed flood control project

Author:    Damien M. Schiff Last week, PLF's attorneys filed suit in federal court in Mississippi challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's veto, under the Clean Water Act, of a vitally important flood control project in the Mississippi South Delta.  The case is captioned Board of Mississippi Levee Comm ...

August 13, 2009

Some good insight into the Air Resources Board

Author: Joshua Thompson Leslie Eastman has a two-part series (Part 1, Part 2) on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that is worth a read.  Part 1 discusses how CARB regulations, recently enacted diesel regulations in particular, hurt California business.  Part 2 is centered on how CARB regulations fail to addres ...