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How the California Coastal Commission is hurting Californian home buyers and renters

January 12, 2021 | By CAROL PARK

The private vs. public beach debate is often characterized as debate on social justice. The logic is that blocked public beach access disproportionally hurts the poor who cannot afford to live in beachfront homes. In California, this is where the heroic California Coastal Commission enters: to protect the rights of such disadvantaged groups against ...

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Minnesota Homeowners Lose $118 Million From Home Equity Theft

March 23, 2021 | By CAROL PARK

Geraldine Tyler, a longtime resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, had grown increasingly concerned by the rising levels of crime in her neighborhood. As reports of homicides and shootings surged, she made the hard decision to leave her home, renting a new place in a safer area.   But what 92-year-old Tyler did not realize was her decisi ...

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Texas Bureaucrats Cannot Reclassify Private Properties as Public Beach

July 29, 2021 | By CAROL PARK

Private property rights are one of America’s core founding principles. As John Adams astutely noted, “Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist.” But even in states that pride themselves for upholding such principles, private property rights are often challenged by bureaucrats. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) recently ...

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Real Clear Policy : Minnesota’s unjust home equity theft must end

October 06, 2021 | By CAROL PARK

While Minnesota is often called the land of 10,000 lakes, local governments today treat it as the land of 10,000 takes. Between 2014 and 2020, Minnesota counties took thousands of homes and millions of dollars in savings from residents struggling to pay their tax bills. This was unjust and unconstitutional. Consider the story of Ms. … ...

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Owning a ‘private’ beachfront home in North Carolina comes with caveats

March 03, 2022 | By CAROL PARK

Have you ever wondered how nice it would be to own a private beach house along the immaculate blue beaches of the Outer Banks?  Well, hold onto that thought for a moment, because there are no real “private” beaches in North Carolina. Also, the Old North State’s draconian coastal policies often make owning an oceanfront … ...

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The Washington Examiner : Wisconsin ended home equity theft. Other states should follow.

May 04, 2022 | By CAROL PARK

The Badger State just became a better place to live and own a home. A recently passed law bans counties from engaging in an unjust practice known as “tax and take” or “home equity theft.” Home equity theft is only possible in around a dozen states across the United States. In those states, if you … ...

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Washington Post : Asian students are victims of Montgomery County’s achievement gap

May 06, 2022 | By CAROL PARK

Is it legal to penalize top-performing Asian American students to help students of other ethnicities? Legal or not, it is happening all around the country. In February, a federal judge sided with the Pacific Legal Foundation and ruled that Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County adopted a test-free admission proces ...