In the City of Fresno, the Tower Theatre is a bohemian landmark, opened in 1929 as a 20th Century Fox Movie House. This year, it became public that Adventure Church was buying the theatre, which has caused tensions to rise in the community, with thousands signing a petition to save the historic theatre, weeks of demonstrations trying to prevent its use as a church, and even a pending lawsuit. The City attempted to defuse the situation by offering Adventure Church an alternative location, which also backfired. So what’s next? The City may be considering using eminent domain to prevent ...
An interesting battle is raging in the Santa Ynez Valley. Mattei's Tavern, a "landmark" in Los Olivos for more than 100 years, is slated for a redevelopment plan by its owner. A local activist group, known as the Valley Alliance, wants to stop the owner's plans. And one arrow in their quiver has been to nominate the tavern for listing as a historical landmark.
According to an April 29 article by Kathy Cleary in the Santa Ynez Valley Journal Valley Alliance Historic Landmark Nomination: Eminent Domain Takeover?, the purpose of the nomination is to give the Historic Landmark Advisory ...
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