The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the owner of Silveira Ranch are involved in an interesting valuation dispute stemming from Caltrans' acquisition of part of the ranchland needed for Highway 101 improvements. According to an article in the Marin Independent Journal, Judge gives state a nod in Silveira ranch eminent domain case, the parties disagree on the property's highest and best use, and as a result, they are widely off on their valuation opinions. Caltrans has offered the owner $1.8 million for the acquisition, while the owner is demanding $6 ...
We're looking back on 2011's wild ride and looking forward to the twists and turns still in front of us in 2012. We've summarized all of this into the 2011 version of our annual Eminent Domain Year in Review piece.
For those who don't want to take the time to read the actual article, here are a few of the highlights:
- In January, Governor Brown proposed eliminating redevelopment agencies. In June, he finally got legislation to accomplish that goal. In August, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a legal challenge to the new law. And on December 29, the Supreme Court upheld the law dissolving ...
One of the peculiarities with California's eminent domain law lies with the way it addresses situations in which an agency makes a deposit of probable compensation in a case in which one or more of the defendants raise a right-to-take challenge.
The issue came to a head yet again, with the California Supreme Court holding that a lender's withdrawal of a condemnation deposit does not result in a waiver of the property owner's right to take challenge. The decision, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transpiration Authority v. Alameda Produce Market (November 14, 2011), chronicles the long ...
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