We've previously reported on several cities contemplating the renewal of their redevelopment agencies' powers of eminent domain. In the cities of San Pablo and Barstow, it appears that public outcry may have derailed those renewal efforts, at least for now. Here's a brief update:
- We previously reported that the City of San Pablo was contemplating renewing its eminent domain powers for an additional 12 years. According to a Mercury News article, "San Pablo dumps eminent domain plans," the City has dropped its redevelopment renewal plans after residents turned up with "a ...
In November, we reported that the Barstow City Council would be deciding whether to reinstate the redevelopment agency's power of eminent domain. According to a January 20 Desert Dispatch article, "Eminent domain issue sparks fear among residents," the City Council has decided to table the issue until May.
According to the article, the redevelopment agency sees its eminent domain power as a necessary tool to remove blight in the area northwest of Interstate 15 near the outlet malls. But like most redevelopment efforts, the issue is drawing much public debate.
At the City ...
According to the November 13, 2009, Desert Dispatch article "City seeks to reinstate eminent domain powers," the Barstow city council will decide next month whether the Barstow Redevelopment Agency's power of eminent domain should be reinstated after expiring last year. The Redevelopment Agency believes the use of eminent domain may be necessary to remove blight in the area along East Main Street bordering the Marine Corps Logistics Base.
The article reports that the Redevelopment Agency's chair, Tim Silva, believes eminent domain is a valuable tool, although he'd hate to ...
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