We noted in our 2010 year-in-review E-Alert that the stimulus dollars were starting to make their way towards local agencies so infrastructure projects could be built. 2011 is now off to a fast start: according to a recent Caltrans press release, the California Transportation Commission has announced the allocation of $1 billion towards 107 California transportation projects, including $838 million from Proposition 1B bond funds (which was approved by voters in 2006).
Here are some of the highlights as to how these funds will be utilized:
- $46.55 million to install rail ...
According to a Modesto Bee article, "Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors Watch," Stanislaus County will vote tonight on whether to utilize the County's power of eminent domain, if necessary, to acquire property necessary for the Kiernan Avenue / Highway 99 interchange project. The County apparently believes it can secure the necessary property much quicker than state transportation leaders. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2012.
The County is also hoping to secure $46.5 million in state bonds set aside for Highway 99 improvements, and in order to obtain this ...
The use of "government stimulus" spending to spur economic growth has been a point of heated political controversy for the past several years. A proposal outlined by President Obama over the weekend involves spending $50 billion on the nation's transportation infrastructure, focusing on the aging highway system, rail lines, and airports.
According to a September 7 Wall Street Journal article by Gary Fields, "Obama in Infrastructure Push,"
At a Labor Day rally in Milwaukee, Mr. Obama said the initiative would be part of a larger effort to fix 150,000 miles of roads, lay or rebuild ...
According to a San Diego Union Tribune article,"City ready to acquire land to widen Plaza Boulevard," National City has adopted resolutions of necessity in order to use eminent domain for the widening of a 1.1-mile stretch of Plaza Boulevard. 37 properties are impacted, although the City has reached agreements with a majority of the property owners.
The expansion project will widen Plaza Boulevard from four to six lanes between Highland Avenue and Euclid Avenue, including a section under the 805 freeway. The City says widening its busiest commercial corridor will ...
We have previously reported on Tulare County's efforts to acquire right of way for its Road 108 widening and its Road 80 widening. Now, the County is considering condemning four additional parcels for the Road 108 project.
In a February 1 article in the Visalia Times Delta, Eminent domain on county board's agenda, Valerie Gibbons reports that the County will decide tomorrow whether to file four more eminent domain actions, which would bring the recent total to 25. Ms. Gibbons reports that the County's apparent rush to proceed has "had residents up in arms in past meetings."
But the County ...
The public outcry over eminent domain continues. Claims of "eminent domain abuse" fill today's popular media; a January 21 article by Steve Cook, Eminent Domain is Alive and Well, claims 2 in 3 Americans oppose eminent domain.
What so often gets lost in the shuffle is that most of the outrage focuses on a narrow aspect of eminent domain: redevelopment efforts that involve condemning private property and transferring it to another private owner. This is what sparked debate in the Kelo case, and it is making major headlines in New York, where the "Atlantic Yards" drama involves ...
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