August 14, 2016

PLF vs. the California Coastal Commission in court this week

By Larry G. Salzman Senior Attorney

PLF will square off against the California Coastal Commission in an Orange County, Calif., trial court this week at a hearing that is open to the public.

At issue is the Wills family’s right to replace their coastal mobile home without knuckling under to the Commission’s permit condition that they never maintain, repair, or replace the seawall that safeguards their property in the future. As we argue in a motion for judgment and reply filed with the court, that demand not only exceeds the Commission’s authority under the Coastal Act but deprives the Wills of property rights guaranteed by the California and U.S. Constitutions. In just the last few years the Commission has made similar demands of more than a hundred property owners–and a win in the Wills’ case will go a long way to ending a lawless practice that threatens the security and prosperity of coastal landowners in California.

The hearing will be held at the Orange County Superior Court (Central Justice Center), at 700 Civic Drive West, Santa Ana, CA, in Dept. C18 on Thursday, August 18, at 1:30 p.m.

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