The Orange County Register had an editorial yesterday about the Carlsbad case. Excerpt:
This is one of the most outrageous things we've seen: a demand by the city that an owner permanently cede his rights in exchange for a permit.
Officials forget that in a free society, individuals have rights to use and develop their property as they see fit, provided they don't cause harm to others. But officials act as if the government maintains all rights and can simply divvy them up to individuals in exchange for various indulgences.
What to read next
PLF asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that there is no “legislative exception” to the unconstitutional conditions doctrine
It seems that some governments and courts prefer to treat Supreme Court precedent as an option, rather than a requirement. The Supreme Court has ruled—twice—that it’s unconstitutional for government to … ›