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Oakley to Condemn Century-Old Building for Street Widening Project

As cities become more dense and urbanized, it is common for infrastructure to get outdated or insufficient to handle increased demand.  We see this with roads, highways, schools, and even utilities.  When new infrastructure is needed, many times eminent domain becomes necessary to acquire property in the way of the proposed new project.  But sometimes those … Continue Reading

Preparing for the Future – SCAG Adopts 2016 RTP/SCS

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest regional planning agency and is governed by an 86-member Regional Council, made up of elected officials from among the six counties and 191 cities who are members.  SCAG develops  a variety of policy and planning initiatives to create a sustainable Southern California region.  Every … Continue Reading

Eminent Domain for California’s Social Infrastructure

While much of the focus in California lately has been on eminent domain for transportation projects, there’s some new condemnations moving forward in both Northern California and Southern California for social — or community — development projects. Down south, the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Port of San Diego has exercised its condemnation powers to acquire … Continue Reading

Two San Diego Projects Moving Forward

There are two interesting projects in San Diego County that are moving forward, both of which involve at least some use of eminent domain. The San Marcos Creek Specific Plan is proceeding in, not surprisingly, San Marcos.   The project involves efforts to create a new downtown area for the City.  The project has been a long … Continue Reading

California Transportation Commission Allocates $170 Million to Projects Around the State

At its March meeting, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved funding to improve and maintain California’s multimodal transportation system.  According to the District 2 Press Release, allocations included: •$12.5 million for 11 capital improvement projects both on and off the state highway system as part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), •$17.8 million for … Continue Reading

Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica Opens May 20

The wait is nearly over:  for those living on the Westside of Los Angeles, passenger rail transit will be available in just a few short months.  Officials announced this week that the final extension of the Expo Line will open on May 20, extending service from Culver City to just a few blocks from the … Continue Reading

Los Angeles & Orange County Transit Projects to Receive $500 Million in Federal Funds

Public transit continues to be a major focus throughout Southern California, with virtually all of the county transportation agencies planning or undertaking important passenger rail projects throughout the region.  Some of those transit projects in Los Angeles and Orange County received a major boost this week, as the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the … Continue Reading
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