Conaway Ranch Case Over?

September 08, 2006 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

It looks like a settlement has been reached in the case of Conaway Ranch, probably the most notorious eminent domain case in Northern California. Yolo County had planned to condemn the 17,000 acre ranch—using money lent by an Indian tribe that operates a casino. Of course, the county denied any intent to transfer the land to the tribe for the construction of a casino, but that’s what everybody expected. Now, it appears that the ranch owners have agreed to pay the county more than two million dollars to cover the legal costs that the county has incurred up to this point—and in exchange, the county will let them keep their property. More information here.