The California Transportation Commission (CTC) recently announced the award of $878 million to fund 114 transportation projects. Brian Kelly, the acting Secretary of Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, stated:
This billion-dollar investment helps preserve California’s great infrastructure of the past and put thousands of Californian’s to work building something new. These investments in preservation and innovation are absolutely critical to California’s economy: In 2010, traffic congestion caused 95 million hours of delay, wasting fuel and ...
A few weeks ago, the California Court of Appeal issued an interesting unpublished decision detailing a long, drawn-out eminent domain battle in Riverside County. I haven't blogged about it yet because, well to be honest, it feels like such a crazy story I couldn't figure out where to start or what to cover. But here we go.
The case, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District v. O'Doherty, starts off rather dull. In order to serve a residential development, the Water District planned to construct a pump station in a public right of way. Because it was believed the planned ...
Below are some updates on California projects have turned to eminent domain to complete right-of-way acquisition. They involve issues that are somewhat typical in condemnation proceedings: disputes over severance damages and a property's highest and best use.
- Riverside County Flood Control Project: According to an article in the North County Times, LAKE ELSINORE: Board authorizes condemnation for flood channel, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has approved the use of eminent domain to acquire a 5-acre easement across a 33-acre property for the Arroyo Del Toro flood ...
We've reported in the past about some of the regulatory takings issues created as a result of the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority's ("RCA") efforts to conserve property pursuant to the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan ("MSHCP"). It now appears that those conservation efforts have created quite the turmoil with citizens in the City of Murrieta.
According to a recent North County Times article, "MURRIETA: Landowners frustrated with conservation board, city leaders who refuse to meet," about 100 members have organized a group called the ...
Several years ago, the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District filed a "friendly" eminent domain action to acquire a portion of an unimproved "paper" street from the City of Lake Elsinore. The property was to be used to construct a water pumping station to serve a nearby development, and the City had no objection. The water district took possession, and began construction of the pumping station. So far, this seems like a non-story, right?
Well, to the water district's surprise, a nearby property owner appeared in the action and challenged the water district's ...
In 2003, the County of Riverside and the cities within western Riverside County formed the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (commonly known as the "RCA"). They delegated to the RCA the task of acquiring approximately 153,000 acres of privately owned property deemed necessary for habitat conservation under the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (the "MSHCP").
Many property owners whose land falls within the MSHCP conservation area find themselves with few options: generally, they can either ...
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