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  • States Trying to Blunt Property Ruling

    07/19/2005 2:27:12 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 374+ views
    Guardian ^ | 7/19/05 | Maura Lannan
    Alarmed by the prospect of local governments seizing homes and turning the property over to developers, lawmakers in at least half the states are rushing to blunt last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding the power of eminent domain. In Texas and California, legislators have proposed constitutional amendments to bar government from taking private property for economic development. Politicians in Alabama, South Dakota and Virginia likewise hope to curtail government's ability to condemn land. Even in states like Illinois - one of at least eight that already forbid eminent domain for economic development unless the purpose is to eliminate blight...
  • Homeowners Ask Court To Reconsider Its Decision On Eminent Domain

    07/19/2005 6:58:12 AM PDT · by camle · 9 replies · 856+ views
    New London (CT) Day ^ | 19-jul-05 | Kate Moran _NL Day
    By KATE MORAN Day Staff Writer, New London Published on 7/19/2005 New London — However improbable their chance for success, attorneys at the Institute for Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider the decision in the Kelo v. New London case that allows the city to take private property in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood to make way for a huge new development. In the three weeks since the court handed down its decision, the Institute for Justice has pressed local and state leaders to conserve the dozen houses and single apartment building the city has planned to...
  • ‘Plans' As A Ruse To Grab Land

    07/17/2005 6:13:48 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 2 replies · 194+ views
    The New London Day ^ | July 17, 2005
    ‘Plans' As A Ruse To Grab Land Changes made to the 'plan' have shown how nebulous the supposed 'economic development' can be and how uncertain are the predicted benefits. By NEILD OLDHAM Published on 7/17/2005 New London's attempt to use the power of eminent domain for “economic development” has provided a textbook case for why this power should not be so used. Changes made to the “plan” have shown how nebulous the supposed “economic development” can be and how uncertain are the predicted benefits. The five justices referred to the “carefully considered development plan” in their June 23, 2005, opinion...
  • USCG Museum timeline, seizing homes for the Feds?

    07/15/2005 4:47:14 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 2 replies · 409+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 15, 2005
    Coast Guard Museum Timeline Published on 7/15/2005 • July 14, 2000: Merle J. Smith, vice president of the National Coast Guard Museum Project, says during an OpSail celebration that the museum will be built in the Fort Trumbull area. • March 1, 2001: U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons introduces legislation to bring the museum to New London. The bill would have provided $10 million for construction. • June 28, 2001: The Coast Guard holds public meetings to gauge support for locating the museum either at Fort Trumbull or Riverside Park. • May 2002: The Coast Guard signs a memorandum of understanding...
  • Kelo plaintiffs'land to be seized for federally-owned USCG Museum?

    07/15/2005 4:31:08 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 331+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 15, 2005
    KATE MORANDay Staff Writer, New LondonPublished on 7/15/2005New London — The Coast Guard's national museum is among several projects that have started to grind ahead since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the city can raze houses on the Fort Trumbull peninsula to make way for a commercial venture that also will include a hotel, offices and housing.Momentum will likely remain slow and deliberate for the next several months, however, while members of the museum association deliberate exactly where they want the museum to go. Before it begins raising funds for construction, the museum association must settle on...
  • California lawmakers seek to strengthen homeowners' rights

    07/14/2005 4:46:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 432+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/14/05 | Kathleen Hennessey - AP
    SACRAMENTO – A group of California lawmakers is trying to block the impact of last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that expanded the government's power to seize private property, a decision that was swiftly criticized by groups across the political spectrum. In the 5-4 decision, the nation's highest court ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses without their consent for private development. State Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Northridge, said the court ruling in Kelo v. New London allows governments to "take the house of a person that it doesn't like, and give it to a person that it...
  • Woman settles with Hesperia, gives up land (California)

    07/13/2005 7:50:45 PM PDT · by Buddy B · 14 replies · 719+ views
    Victorville Daily Press, California ^ | Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | KATHLEEN STINSON, Staff Writer
    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 Woman settles with Hesperia, gives up land By KATHLEEN STINSON Staff Writer HESPERIA — The case between the school teacher who owned land in Hesperia and the city that tried to foreclose on her was settled Monday. Ellen Zunino owned a 10-acre parcel of land in what is referred to as the "Golden Triangle" area of Hesperia that increased dramatically in assessed valuation, but she said she was unable to pay the assessment. ..... Before the city established an improvement district in the area — west of Interstate 15 and south of Avenal Street — Zunino's...
  • Online Poll on eminent domain by St. Louis Mayor Slay

    07/13/2005 8:38:15 AM PDT · by Saint Louis · 3 replies · 408+ views
    Mayor of St. Louis ^ | July 13, 2005 | Saint Louis Participate on a poll on eminent domain sponsored by Mayor Slay of St. Louis, who is a fan of eminent domain.
  • The California Homeowner and Property Protection Act (McClintock Kelo Response)

    07/12/2005 3:29:24 PM PDT · by calif_reaganite · 66 replies · 1,853+ views
    Sen. Tom McClintock | July 12, 2005 | Sen. Tom McClintock
    The Homeowner & Property Protection Act A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by amending Section 19 of Article I thereof, relating to eminent domain. WHEREAS, This measure shall be known and may be cited as “The Homeowner and Property Protection Act”; and WHEREAS, Eminent domain has been subject to widespread abuse in California, whereby local governmental entities have condemned property and transferred it, by sale, lease, or otherwise, to the control, management, or exploitation of private entities for private use and profit on the theory that...
  • Eminent Domain and the Battle for the Spirit of the Constitution

    07/07/2005 8:44:57 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 3 replies · 342+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2005 | Alexander Rubin
    In the true spirit of America’s Independence Day, the 4th of July saw battle joined as homeowners, concerned citizens and upholders of the American constitution from all sides of the political spectrum joined forces to defend the now threatened 5th amendment and to protect hard-earned property from municipal governments recently accorded sweeping new powers of eminent domain. ... For many Americans, the damage done and threatened by the decision is as much symbolic as anything else. The decision violates the spirit of the constitution, designed to protects the rights and freedoms (including the right to property) of Americans, effectively nullifying...
  • Video clips of Kelo rally now online

    07/06/2005 6:51:02 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 15 replies · 1,692+ views
    Two links with good video of the July 5th rally: scroll down to the video link on the right to: "Fight continues against eminent domain in Fort Trumbull- by Sara Welch" scroll down to: "Click here to view a brief clip of the rally featuring Ms. Kelo’s speech-one that is short, to the point and quite moving."
  • Fort Trumbull Just Beginning The Fight

    07/06/2005 3:25:33 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 6 replies · 1,151+ views
    The New London Day ^ | 07-06-05 | Susette Kelo
    Featured in Letters to The Editor Fort Trumbull Just Beginning The Fight Published on 7/6/2005 Letters To The Editor: I am writing about the editorial titled “It's time to move ahead,” published June 26. You have got to be kidding if you think for one minute your words of nonsense could change the way we feel about our homes. Do you think because you can choose to stop printing the opinions of the people from all over this country that the Fort Trumbull residents are going to go away? Do you think because you write words about compensation that that...
  • Protesters Target Eminent Domain-Scores rally against 'injustice' of events in New London case

    07/06/2005 3:18:46 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 14 replies · 1,141+ views
    Protesters Target Eminent Domain Scores rally against ‘injustice' of events in New London case Buy this Photo Protesters gather on the front steps of New London City Hall at a rally organized by the Institute for Justice on Tuesday, designed to show support for the residents of the Fort Trumbull neighborhood affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain, which sided with the city. "There is no amount of money that could replace our homes and our memories. This is where we chose to settle, and this is where we want to stay. This is America, the home...
  • Protesters From New Jersey To Maine Voice Displeasure

    07/06/2005 3:11:00 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 5 replies · 589+ views
    "We're not here because mom and dad are supporting us while we write our thesis on what's wrong with the country. We're middle class Americans who have jobs to go to and families to support and we care very deeply about this.” Ted Whittenkraus of Wells, Maine, who was taking part in Tuesday's eminent domain protest in New London By KENTON ROBINSON Day Staff Columnist, Enterprise Reporter/Columnist Published on 7/6/2005 New London — More than 300 protesters from as far away as Maine and New Jersey packed the steps of City Hall and spilled onto State Street Tuesday to voice...
  • Homeowners protest eminent domain decision

    07/05/2005 9:17:14 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 10 replies · 1,184+ views
    Well over 500 attended, and the amount of flags (including many 'Don't Tread on Me' flags) and protest signs was incredible. People from at least a dozen states showed, Texas was the farthest I heard of, and yes the Freepers were there. The funny thing is, Freepers look just like everyone else, so it is hard to pick them out, except when the signs they were holding identify them as such (see some of the other FR postings for photos). A great time was had by all, including the opportunity to let the evil New London city councilors know what...
  • Sustainable Development, Smart Growth and Kelo: Organized theft by any name

    07/04/2005 7:39:45 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 22 replies · 730+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, July 4, 2005 | Tom Deweese
    Put yourself in the homeowner’s shoes. You buy a home for your family. Perhaps it’s even handed down from your father or grandfather. It’s a place you can afford in a neighborhood you like. The children have made friends. You intend to stay for the rest of your life. As you plant your garden, landscape the yard, put up a swing set for the kids, and mold your land into a home, unknown to you, certain city officials are meeting around a table with developers. In front of them are maps, plats and photographs — of your home. They talk...

    07/04/2005 5:47:06 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 13 replies · 1,274+ views
    Saddle Up. This is the big one.Good v. EvilKelo v. New LondonAs we celebrate this Independence Day, it is essential that we are cognizant of the repudiation of one of our most basic rights by the current Supreme Court.  You probably missed Woodstock, the march on Selma, Dan's Bake Sale, etc.  But you do not want to miss the great Kelo rally in New London on July 5th, right before the New London, CT City Council meets for the first time since the Supreme Court's decision was handed down.  Meet the plaintiffs, their attorneys from the Institute for Justice and...
  • Opponents Of Fort Trumbull Plan To Rally On City Hall Steps Tuesday

    07/03/2005 5:06:13 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 6 replies · 617+ views
    The New London Day ^ | July 3, 2005
    Opponents Of Fort Trumbull Plan To Rally On City Hall Steps Tuesday By KATE MORAN Day Staff Writer, New London Published on 7/3/2005 New London — Attorneys from the Institute for Justice will lead a rally Tuesday on the steps of City Hall that could draw crowds of protestors from around the region who oppose the city's plan to seize houses in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood and replace them with a large commercial development. Attorneys Scott Bullock and Dana Berliner will speak at the protest along with Chip Mellor, the founder of the Institute for Justice, the public interest law...
  • The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men (Jn Witherspoon; Signer of Dec. of Independence)

    06/30/2005 3:57:24 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies · 445+ views
    Primary Sources ^ | May 1776 | Reverend John Witherspoon
    The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men by John Witherspoon May, 1776 In the first place, I would take the opportunity on this occasion, and from this subject, to press every hearer to a sincere concern for his own soul's salvation. There are times when the mind may be expected to be more awake to divine truth, and the conscience more open to the arrows ofconviction than at others. A season of public judgment is of this kind. Can you have a clearer view of the sinfulness of your nature, than when the rod of the oppressor is...
  • Tipping Point: Supreme Court Sows the Seeds to its Long-Awaited Demise

    06/29/2005 3:08:09 PM PDT · by WJHII · 29 replies · 1,272+ views
    N. Beaujon ^ | 6/29/2005 | N. Beaujon
    Tipping Point: Supreme Court Sows the Seeds to its Long-Awaited Demise By N. Beaujon June 29, 2005 The obituary of the tyranny of the judicial branch of government can finally be written. In two days of wrong-headed decisions, Dred Scott-like in their proportion, the Court has finally put the nail in their own lawless coffin. Even the most uneducated American knows the Supreme Court has officially run amok. When Government is told they can act as an arm of private developers to trump your inalienable right to own and make use of your cherished private property you can safely assume...
  • Institute for Justice announces Hands off my Home campaign

    06/29/2005 7:28:26 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 4 replies · 367+ views ^ | June 29, 2005
    At this morning's Washington press conference, the Institute for Justice kicked off their $3 million campaign to empower ordinary americans to fight back against eminent domain abuse. They will be litigating and working with activists and legislators in each of the states. Two items of note: 1) They have created a pledge for each of the 50 governors to sign, opposing the use of eminent domain for private development. You know who yours is, give them a call and let them know what you think about politicians who won't guard your private property rights. 2) A massive rally will be...
  • Institute for Justice will announce the “Hands Off My Home” campaign

    06/28/2005 3:52:22 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 299+ views ^ | June 28, 2005 | Institute for Justice
    Major Announcement on Eminent Domain Abuse TIME/DATE: 10 a.m./Wednesday, June 29, 2005 PLACE: National Press Club, Zenger Room 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC PARTICIPANTS: * Scott Bullock, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice * Dana Berliner, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice * Property Owners Who Stand to Lose Their Homes & Businesses Less than one week after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Kelo decision allowing governments to take property from the rightful owner only to hand it over to another private party for his or her private gain, the Institute for Justice, which represented homeowners in the...
  • The great leap backward - The land is no longer free

    06/28/2005 5:54:09 AM PDT · by johnk · 70 replies · 1,162+ views
    World Net ^ | June 27, 2005 | Vox Day
    It is time to change the national anthem. The land is no longer free. Last week, in an appalling decision that will prove to be every bit as infamous as the Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade decisions, the Supreme Court eliminated the American right to property and in one fell swoop, converted the country into the legal equivalent of a Third World society......
  • USSA?!?!

    06/27/2005 11:03:44 PM PDT · by MoFiZiX Gr4FiX · 4 replies · 314+ views
    MoFiZiX Gr4FiX ^ | June 27, 2005 | MoFiZiX Gr4FiX
    (United Socialist States of America) Well folks, we might just as well get used to it. As long as our country is being governed by a group of nine unelected and unaccountable federal judges where the majority consistently rules against the basic framework of our sacred US Constitution, we will continue to slide further and further into the crippling grip of socialist rule. Every time SCOTUS sneezes or takes a dump, they have the audacity of wiping themselves with the document they swore to protect and uphold. Considering the fact that seven out of nine of those over glorified Jurist...
  • July 5th Protest Rally in New London,CT to support Kelo plaintiffs

    06/26/2005 1:36:17 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 78 replies · 1,781+ views ^ | June 26, 2005 | FortRumbull
    Mass Protest March, Tues. July 5th 6:00PM at New London, CT City Hall to support the Kelo eminent domain abuse victims and demand the New London City Council allow them to remain in their homes. If they can't remain in their homes, yours is next. Watch this space for future announcements as the list of speakers is finalized. This is a national-level protest, with numerous state and national dignitaries being invited. Plan on arriving plenty early to guarantee access. This will be a peaceful act of civil disobedience, and absolutely NO FIREARMS will be permitted. Stay calm, the homeowners are...
  • Utah Bans Eminent Domain Use by Redevelopment Agencies

    06/24/2005 7:54:55 AM PDT · by JCEccles · 69 replies · 1,611+ views
    The Heartland Institute ^ | June 1, 2005 | Henry Lamb
    Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (R) on March 17 signed into law Senate Bill 184, effectively preventing the exercise of eminent domain authority by redevelopment agencies, which otherwise had the power to transfer land from one private entity to another. Local governments may still use eminent domain for more traditionally defined and understood "public purposes." First State Legislature to Act Utah appears to be the first state to take legislative action to curb the use of eminent domain by local governments. The use of eminent domain by local governments has grown over the past 30 years as cities have taken...
  • My letter to my Senators (re: Flag Burning, Eminent Domain ruling, and Freedom) (VANITY)

    06/24/2005 6:03:01 AM PDT · by Tatze · 39 replies · 1,750+ views
    Me | 06/23/2005 | Tatze
    Dear Senator, I am writing to you today to express my opinion on two different subjects, but both with very serious implications on freedom and liberty in the United States. Our place on the Indexes of Economic and Political Freedom has been slipping recently, and I unfortunately see no turnaround in the trend since Republicans gained control of the Congress and the White House. It began long before Congress passed, and the Supreme Court upheld, McCain-Feingold restricting political free speech in clear violation of the First Amendment right to (political) free speech, but that is just another recent example. It...
  • Tonight we are no longer a free country (vanity)

    06/23/2005 8:06:55 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 341 replies · 7,250+ views
    6/23/05 | Self
    Everybody knows about the shot that was heard around the world as the birthing pains of this once great nation. Today, sadly, we may have heard it's death knell. It did not come with violence or shots fired. It came with the virtual elimination of personal property rights. Our founding fathers knew how important the ownership of property was and sought to protect the right to be secure in the ownership of property to the extent that they enshrined the guarantee that property would not be taken for public use without due process and just compensation. For over 200 years...
  • Supreme Court Expands Power of Eminent Domain

    06/23/2005 3:26:27 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 49 replies · 2,125+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 23, 2005 | David G. Savage
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court gave local governments broad power today to bulldoze homes and other private property to make way for business development, a ruling that could encourage more city-backed plans to replace small stores with big-box retailers. The 5-4 ruling upheld a plan by officials in a coastal Connecticut town to condemn nine homes of longtime residents that would be replaced with an office complex and a marina. The dispute between the homeowners and the city officials became a classic test of government power versus individual rights. It pitted a community's hopes for economic rebirth against an individual's...
  • Monroe, NC to buy out City Manager Spell for $100,000-plus; three months salary in hush money

    05/23/2005 12:17:20 PM PDT · by hdrabon · 30 replies · 1,281+ views
    The Monroe Enquirer-Journal ^ | 05/20/05 | RITCHIE E. STARNES
    The city of Monroe agreed to pay former city manager Doug Spell more than $100,000 following his sudden decision to quit Wednesday, records show. Following Spell's abrupt resignation and the City Council's acceptance, city attorney Terry Sholar hammered out a settlement agreement that provides Spell the exact compensation that he would have received had he remained employed until his employment contract expired in December. Although Spell submitted a formal resignation, terms of the settlement confirm that he was fired. The council unanimously, though Mayor Judy Davis and Spell were absent, accepted Spell's resignation during a special meeting Wednesday that was...
  • Easement Acquisition Stirs Anger

    04/04/2005 7:49:52 AM PDT · by hdrabon · 18 replies · 967+ views
    The Monroe Enquirer-Journal ^ | 4/3/05 | Ritchie Starnes
    Easement acquisition stirs anger By RITCHIE E. STARNES - WEDDINGTON Several property owners in Weddington are still fuming about how Union County officials seemingly fast-tracked the condemnation of their land to help build a sewer-trunk line for developers in 2002. Exercising eminent domain typically strikes an emotional chord among most property owners, but mix in what the residents see as poor communication, insulting compensation and allegations of conspiracy theories, and the result is raw feelings. That's the situation for the majority of 40 land owners who had swaths of their land condemned to make way for the West Fork Twelve...
  • Eminent domain faces legal test

    04/03/2005 7:17:33 AM PDT · by schaketo · 81 replies · 1,876+ views
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune, CA ^ | March 27, 2005 | Sonya Geis
    Med : Supreme Court case could severely limit cities Eminent domain. It is the ultimate exercise in government power over individual property owners. A city can forcibly buy out a homeowner and take over his land, with the argument that the public would benefit more from a shopping mall than a private house. But that power could be significantly curbed after a U.S. Supreme Court decision this spring. The ruling has a potentially significant impact on how local cities do business. From the construction of Pasadena car dealerships to an ongoing lawsuit over a Temple City office building, eminent domain...
  • Shiavo's "Legal" Legacy

    03/31/2005 7:45:38 AM PST · by hdrabon · 20 replies · 917+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/31/05 | Hubert D. Rabon
    Judge critical of Bush, Congress One of the appeals court judges rebuked the White House and lawmakers Wednesday for acting “in a manner demonstrably at odds with our Founding Fathers’ blueprint for the governance of a free people — our Constitution.” “Any further action by our court or the district court would be improper,” wrote Judge Stanley Birch Jr., appointed by President Bush’s father.
  • The truth behind the eminent domain case now before the U.S. Supreme Court

    03/24/2005 7:19:59 PM PST · by Cottage Coalition · 13 replies · 1,183+ views
    The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Kelo v. New London, the Connecticut eminent domain case which will determine how this ultimate government power is used for generations. The truth has been obscured in this and almost every other case of eminent domain seizure for "economic benefit."So many of the facts in this and similar cases have been obscured and misrepresented that a new web site has been created dedicated to countering this propaganda.  Use it as a resource to obtain the truth.Learn the facts here:  http://www.CottageCoalition.orgYou will learn: New London is not a city in economic distress. Its...
  • Ownership of the NC Real Estate Industry by the NC Legal Industry Out of Control

    03/22/2005 5:57:41 AM PST · by hdrabon · 10 replies · 2,614+ views
    The Monroe Enquirer-Journal ^ | 3/19/05 | Peter J. Hovanec
    Commissioner accuses county manager of sweetheart home deal By PETER J. HOVANEC -- MONROE (March 19, 2005) The latest bout in the ongoing dispute between Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing and county manager Mike Shalati came to a head Monday night when Shalati defended himself, yet again, against a number of allegations. Shalati took the podium near the end of Monday's meeting to respond to allegations of impropriety, which Rushing sent to various investigative organizations, as well as numerous county residents. While Shalati contends that he had to defend his professional reputation, Rushing said he just wants the truth to...
  • The most important property rights case in 50 years

    02/28/2005 8:37:59 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 40 replies · 1,728+ views
    CFP ^ | February 28, 2005 | Henry Lamb
    John Adams must have been spinning in his grave while attorneys for the city of New London Development Corporation explained to the U.S. Supreme Court why Susette Kelo’s home should be taken by the government and resold to another private owner. John Adams believed that "The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is no force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist." In New London, Connecticut, the idea of "sacred" private property...
  • Sunday & Monday- Rally against 50 years of judicial activism

    02/18/2005 5:53:42 PM PST · by NewLondon · 7 replies · 871+ views
    This Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Kelo v. New London, the first time it has addressed whether governments can seize your home and replace it with something yielding more tax revenue. The number of people this has happened to is easily in the hundreds of thousands. This is the first time the Court has directly addressed this question. In recent decades, activist courts and legislatures have grown increasingly brazen in wielding eminent domain powers. Unless the homeowners prevail in Kelo, there are no legal impediments restraining governments and no one’s property is safe from the insatiable appetite for...
  • Cincinnati restaurants lose domain battle (more theft-by-government)

    02/02/2005 6:02:14 AM PST · by xzins · 13 replies · 910+ views
    Business Courier ^ | Feb 05 | Dan Monk
    Clifton Heights restaurants lose domain battle Dan Monk Courier Senior Staff Reporter A Hamilton County judge has ruled in favor of a Clifton Heights redevelopment initiative that wants to use the city's power of eminent domain to tear down and rebuild part of Calhoun Street south of the University of Cincinnati. "There can be no doubt that a public purpose is served by this urban renewal plan designed to revitalize a declining, deteriorating neighborhood," wrote Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Crush earlier this month. The court fight pitted the Clifton Heights Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. against two small-business owners...
  • Measure 37 To The Rescue

    01/04/2005 9:22:22 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 53 replies · 818+ views
    CFP ^ | January 5, 2004 | Peyton Knight
    Victims of Oregon’s tyrannical web of land use restrictions, ordinances, and regulatory takings can finally seek justice. Measure 37 passed on November 2 and it allows Oregon property owners who have been wronged by any myriad of radical land use restrictions imposed by the state and local governments to seek just compensation for their monetary losses. And if the governmental body responsible for the offending regulation can’t pony up the dough, the Measure calls for the property owner to be immune from the regulation. Measure 37 is right. It is fair. It is brilliant in its simplicity. Measure 37 is...
  • Do we have a right to our property -- or not?

    09/19/2004 10:13:41 AM PDT · by big_Rob · 46 replies · 1,407+ views ^ | 9/19/2004 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Constitution, properly construed by a vigilant Supreme Court, prevents untrammeled power, which is the definition of despotism. But the human propensity for abusing power -- a propensity the Constitution's unsentimental framers understood and tried to shackle with prudent language -- is perennial. There always are people trying to carve crevices in constitutional terminology to allow scope for despotism. Such carving is occurring in Connecticut. Soon -- perhaps on the first Monday in October -- the court will announce whether it will hear an appeal against a 4-3 ruling last March by Connecticut's Supreme Court. That ruling...
  • The nightmare state eminent domain process (First hand account)

    09/18/2003 7:44:49 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 61 replies · 1,153+ views
    Florida Sound Off ^ | 09-18-03 | Bob Stone
    Anyone believing that the state process of eminent domain is fair for citizens has not gone through it. It is a traumatic and trying experience and one which is calculated to force average citizens to accept what is offered by the state to avoid going through their eminent domain proceedings. Below are listed some of the experiences you will encounter on the way if you choose to fight the state and proceed to an eminent domain hearing. On October 2, 2003 we must move from our home and property at 6230 Golden Gate Parkway Naples Florida by court ordered dictate...
  • Domain Abuse

    06/11/2003 3:44:53 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies · 358+ views
    Forbes ^ | June11, 2003 | Ira Carnahan
    When Costco wants land for a new warehouse store, it goes to local property owners to make a deal, right? Not necessarily. A new study by the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm in Washington, D.C., details more than 10,000 recent cases in which state and local governments have condemned or threatened to condemn property to obtain land for private parties such as Costco. This might come as a surprise, given the U.S. Constitution's requirement that any land seized by government be for "public use" and taken only with "just compensation." But over the years, judges and politicians...