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J. David Breemer

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David (Dave) Breemer developed a passion for liberty while reading classics such as John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government and Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man, as he pursued a … ›

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Brian T. Hodges

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Brian Hodges is a Senior Attorney at PLF’s Pacific Northwest office in Bellevue, Washington. Brian focuses his practice on defending of the right of individuals to make reasonable use of … ›

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By Larry G. Salzman

Partial win for property rights in San Diego

PLF received a ruling last Friday from a San Diego County Superior Court striking down unconstitutional land use regulations imposed by the City of Solana Beach on coastal property owners

In 2013, the City imposed a slate of new regulations on beach-adjacent property owners, requiring them to give up rights to protect their homes from natural hazards—or give public access across their property—as a condition of permits to develop their land PLF took on the case to challenge the regulations at no cost on behalf of a local non-profit organization of property owners, the Beach and Bluff Conservancy The California Coastal Commission and the Surfrider Foundation intervened in

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California high court to decide if its bad law remains a dead letter

Last week, PLF, California Farm Bureau Federation, and the California Cattlemen’s Association applied to file an amicus curiae brief in the California Supreme Court case Scher v Burke (S230104) Today, the Court granted our application and accepted our brief In the brief, we argue that the California Supreme Court should reject arguments that the court should resuscitate California’s short-sighted doctrine of implied-in-law public dedication

There is no public access to Martin's Beach in Unincorporated San Mateo County, Calif, photographed on Thursday, July 19, 2012 Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems and a green venture capitalist, bought the beach
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By J. David Breemer

Commission Creep: Under rule of dysfunctional coastal agency, every act is illegal "development"

So this is where the California Coastal Commission experiment ends:  if you put a lock on a gate, paint a billboard, say mean things at a surf break, try to keep trespassers off your coastal land, or move a cow into a new pasture, you are engaging in unpermitted “development” and violating the Coastal Act Ordinary people would assume that “development” means something involving significant building  But the officials who run the Commission  march to a different tune, one that becomes more Hobbesian with each refrain, and so they consider almost any human activity as “development”  Under this view, the Commission often asserts that property owners must obtain a state development permit before carrying out the most routine property activities, and

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