Can a county turn your land into a water treatment facility without paying?

May 11, 2016 | By TONY FRANCOIS

This week Pacific Legal Foundation filed this petition in the Supreme Court of the United States, asking it to decide whether the government can make shoreline property owners give up part of their land to serve as water quality buffers for the surrounding community. This case, Common Sense Alliance v. San Juan County, deals with a … ...


Daily Journal publishes PLF op-ed on Martin's Beach decision

May 05, 2016 | By CHRIS KIESER

The San Francisco Daily Journal published my op-ed today on last week’s California Court of Appeal decision in the Friends of Martin’s Beach case. As I have written before, in this case an advocacy group sued property owner Vinod Khosla claiming that the public is entitled to cross his property to reach the beach.  The group relied ...


Coastal property rights : a view from the Northwest

December 03, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

We don’t have the California Coastal Commission in the Pacific Northwest, but we still face plenty of problems with the government on our (rocky) beaches.  Here are three examples: Luhrs v. Whatcom County—Attorneys with PLF’s Northwest Center recently represented Lummi Island property owner Victoria Luhrs in her struggle to obtain th ...