Eminent Domain reform..Round two!

Although we had a temporary setback last year with the defeat of Prop 90’s property rights protection initiative I am pleased to report that all sides of this debate acknowledge that “the current system is broken and needs to be fixed.”

I am pleased to see all of the recent coverage on this topic starting with our MORR/CURE Annual Conference on Redevelopment Abuse that is being held at the San Diego Four Points Sheraton on Saturday April 21st. For information call 714.871.9756 or contact myself at lgpwr@aol.com

This Saturday evening the Pacific Legal Foundation PLF is sponsoring a dinner event at the Long Beach Aquarium where a group of attorney’s will be addressing property rights. PLF is a major player in the fight to protect property rights across the country. The keynote speaker will be Hugh Hewitt. For information on that event contact Jennifer at 916.419.7111.

Today’s OC Register editorial says it all. “Property rights back on the radar.” In that editorial it cautions the reader to not be snookered by the competing choices. Recognizing that something will be done in the area of reform the League of Cities is promoting their own version which I would never support. Their agenda surely is not in the best interest of those victims most impacted.

The latest issue of Red County Magazine contains an article written by Westminster Mayor Pro Tem Kermit Marsh entitled “Eminent Domain: Kelo Reform in the aftermath of Prop 90’s defeat.” That commentary can be found on pages 26 and 27 of this second issue. www.redcounty.com

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, is co-sponsoring the California Property Owners Protection Act. You will shortly see petition gatherers at your local supermarket requesting your support of this initiative.

There’s more to this effort. In my March 8th post I mentioned the latest proposed Legislation by Laguna Niguel Assemblywoman Mimi Walters who on December 5th introduced ACA-2, a Constitutional Amendment that would extend further protections to homeowners in California from having their property seized by local jurisdictions exercising eminent domain.”
We will achieve stronger property rights protection in California next year but it will take your support. If you want to learn more on this topic simply attend one of the above referenced meetings. You can also reply with questions and comments and I will do everything possible to get you truthful answers from those experts involved in the reform efforts.

Larry Gilbert, Orange County Co-Director, Californians United for Redevelopment Education CURE) the “grass roots” partner of Supervisor Chris Norby’s MORR.

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