PLF scores victory for property owners in suit against Coastal Commission

October 23, 2014 | By PAUL BEARD

Today, the California Court of Appeal issued a published decision ruling in favor of PLF client, SDS Family Trust, in its years-long battle against the California Coastal Commission. The case involves the constitutionality of a public-access easement that the Commission demanded as a condition of the family’s modest restoration of its home ...


Put down the legislation, and step away from the property rights

March 22, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

When I posted about supporting farming on AgDay this week, I was thinking about the importance of protecting farmers’ property rights.  And maybe that legislatures should act to reduce the regulatory burdens farmers face.  On the other hand, some members of the California legislature think that supporting farmers requires stripping them of ...


California judge upholds Coastal Commission’s easement exaction

June 12, 2012 | By PAUL BEARD

Yesterday, the San Luis Obispo Superior Court issued an adverse ruling in SDS Family Trust v. California Coastal Commission.  As you may recall, this case involves a family’s constitutional challenge to the Commission’s demand for a public-access easement as a condition of a permit to remodel a home.  The trial court did not reach th ...