Private Property

Code Enforcement – Don’t Come Knocking on My Door

March 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

By Jamie Simone, 3/19/2008 -

Right now we don’t go knocking on doors,” said Planning Director Tom Burns. The ambiguity of this statement causes one to seriously question, “When exactly will they be pounding on my door?”


Ninth Circuit Resurrects Due Process Protections For Property Owners

March 11, 2008 | 0 Comments

By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 3/11/2008 - Court warning to Planning officials -- immunity lost!  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found a silver lining within a gray cloud. The Court applied the findings of the Supreme Court's Lingle v. Chevron to eliminate government's long-held defense regarding private property takings. The court ruled that government officials can no longer rely on the "substantially advances a legitimate state interest" defense when regulating property.


The Cost of Wetlands in Half Moon Bay

January 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 1/18/2008 - The reaction of the Half Moon Bay City Council to the $36,795,000 judgment was a mixture of shock, mystification and dismay.  In addition to compensating Ms. Yamagiwa for the loss of private property, it is hoped that Chief Judge Walker’s opinion will remind all government decision makers to first ask the question:  “What about the Constitution?”


Principles of Equal Justice Encouraged by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

January 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

By Michael Shaw, 1/18/2008 - The recently decided Ninth Circuit case, Crown Point  vs. Sun Valley, illustrates the contrast between social justice and equal justice. Social justice relies on the establishment of  "civil law, " which is designed to expand government and its partners authority at the expense of individual liberty. Equal justice on the other hand respects individual rights and private property. The Crown Point case sets an example for equal justice.


Planning Department Bait and Switch

November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

11/14/2007 - Deed restrictions, mandatory inspections, pre-enforcement and proactive enforcement exist under the banner of "streamlining" and "simplifying" the "permit reform" process. A continuation of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisor's Hearing is April 15 2008.  [The link goes to Agenda Item 37, takes a long time to download and is at times inaccessible. See page 19 of the 126 page document.]


After Decades of Abuse – The Challenge to Restore Property Rights in California

September 13, 2007 | 0 Comments

By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 9/13/07 - Since 1993, California planning department officials have relied on the State's "Landgate" decision for providing them confidence that they and their employers are immune from claims of abuse. This article describes the history, the relevant law and the legal attack on the Landgate precedent. Michael Shaw, President of Freedom Advocates is a plaintiff in both cases described in that attack.


New California Initiative Aims to Undo Kelo

May 16, 2007 | 0 Comments

5/16/2007 - On April 30, 2007, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association presented a new initiative to the Attorney General’s Office entitled the “California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act” to be voted on at the June 2008 election. It will reverse the eminent domain Kelo case for Californians by specifically defining “public use” as meaning use and ownership by a public agency for the public use stated at the time of the taking, such as roads, parks and public facilities.


New “Clean Water” Legislation Redefines The Term “Navigable”

May 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

By Jim Beers, 5/2/2007 - The Clean Water Authority Restoration Act (CWARA) moves the Clean Water Act (CWA) beyond protecting wetlands and waterways, and creates legislation that would regulate nearly every wet area in the nation. This could include ditches, farm ponds and possibly groundwater. "Navigable" is the one little word deleted from the Clean Water Act.


The Global Safety Cult and the Abolition of Private Property

February 13, 2007 | 0 Comments

By William Roberts - Chapter Seven of Agenda 21 calls for the establishment of a “culture of safety.” All of Agenda 21, Chapter 7 is the expansion of UN Resolution 44/236 and the foundational material for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA's) "Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Planning" programme that fails to provide safety and destroys liberty.


Poisoning the Root of Freedom

December 18, 2006 | 0 Comments

By Michael Shaw, 12/18/2006 - The Santa Cruz County Planning Department and most recently the Santa Cruz County Superior Court system have again demonstrated that the environmental movement is: (1) merely a front for destruction of private property and the freedom that private property supports and (2) not committed to improving or “saving the environment.”

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