Under inverse condemnation law in California, a public agency is generally strictly liable for physical damage to private property caused by a public improvement. This means a public agency can be held liable even if the public improvement was properly designed, constructed and maintained. Rarely is there a question of whether a project constitutes a "public improvement," but in Mercury Casualty Co. v. City of Pasadena (Aug. 24, 2017), the Court of Appeal recently addressed this issue and held that a tree constitutes a work of public improvement for purposes of inverse ...
Here's a few updates on eminent domain-related issues taking place in California this week:
- City of Covina Condemnation: According to an article in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Covina using eminent domain to take property from Alhassen-controlled company, the City of Covina has filed an eminent domain action to acquire a vacant, half-acre property owned by West Covina-based developer Ziad Alhassen. The City intends to utilize the property for parking for police department employees and County firefighters. The condemnation action was necessary after the City and the owner ...
I wanted to provide a quick update on some things about which we've reported over the past few months:
1. Los Angeles Unified School District v. Casasola (2010) 187 Cal.App.4th 189
In Court Blurs Line Between Goodwill and Relocation Benefits, we reported on the Casasola decision, which expanded upon the earlier decision in Redevelopment Agency of the City of Emeryville v. Arvery Corporation (1992) 3 Cal.App.4th 1357 to hold that business owners cannot recover as lost business goodwill anything that falls within the scope of the Relocation Act, whether or not the losses are actually ...
Over the past month, we have reported on a number of potential projects involving the use of eminent domain. For anyone following these projects, here is a quick update:
- On March 19, we reported that the City of San Pablo was contemplating renewing the City's eminent domain powers for an additional 12 years while promising compliance with Proposition 99. According to a Mercury News article, this week the City postponed reaching a decision on the renewal until at least May 3.
- On March 24, we reported that the County of San Luis Obispo was contemplating authorizing eminent domain ...
According to a Pasadena Star-News article, "Pasadena may use eminent domain to seize historical building," next month the City of Pasadena will consider authorizing the use of eminent domain to acquire a historical building designed by California's first prominent female architect, Julia Morgan. The building, located at 78 N. Marengo Ave. near City Hall, was built in 1921, making it one of the earliest historical structures in Pasadena. Pasadena is apparently ready to turn to eminent domain because the historical site has been fenced up and abandoned for more than a decade.
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