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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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Anthony L. Francois

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Tony Francois is an attorney in PLF’s Sacramento office, and has litigated cases around the country defending Americans’ property rights from land use and environmental restrictions. He is a member … ›

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By Anthony L. Francois

Court rules First Amendment allows cities to force property owners to patronize and publicly display artworks

The City of Oakland in California is forcing property owners to patronize and publicly display artworks.

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Challenging Oakland's public art mandate on Courting Liberty

PLF has filed a lawsuit to challenge the City of Oakland’s ordinance that requires developers of commercial and residential projects to fund public art works In this week’s Courting Liberty, PLF Senior Staff Attorney Tony Francois discusses the ordinance and PLF’s federal lawsuit that was filed July 23 on behalf of the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area

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PLF’s challenge argues that Oakland is violating constitutional protections for property rights and free speech — and unjustly raising costs for home buyers and businesses — by forcing builders of homes and

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By Todd F. Gaziano

NRO piece on PLF suit challenging Oakland's public art exaction

Earlier this week, National Review Online ran my piece on PLF’s lawsuit against the City of Oakland The lawsuit challenges an illegal ordinance requiring builders of residential and commercial projects in the City to either produce public art displays on the building sites or pay a fee for local artists to create such a display elsewhere in town The op-ed explains why the Oakland law violates both the Constitution’s Takings Clause and the First Amendment rights of owners who don’t want to speak through City-approved public art:

In a series of important decisions that PLF helped secure, the Supreme Court has held that government may not demand or “exact”

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