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Residents express eminent domain concerns over Google expansion

Over the past decade, Google has become a household name. It is one of the primary search engines that California residents use when looking for something on the Internet. Additionally, it is a massive company that employs thousands of people, and owns extensive real estate holdings and its share of taxes. Now, it appears that Google may be looking to expand into the San Jose area. While this is good news for some, it may mean loss of business and eminent domain proceedings for others.

Reports indicate that Google is looking to build a technology campus in the Diridon Station area. This campus is said to be designed to host over 20,000 employees and provide economic growth to the area. In order to make this happen, a real estate developer, Trammell Crow, has been purchasing property in the area.

When a person’s home is facing eminent domain actions

A home can mean a lot to a person, emotionally and in many other respects. So, leaving one’s home to move somewhere else can sometimes be a difficult experience.

Leaving one’s home can be hard enough when it happens as a result of a person’s own decisions about what they want to do in the future. However, it can be an especially tough experience when it happens as of a result of actions the government took in relation to its plans for the future. This is a situation some California homeowners face due to eminent domain actions.

Caltrans and Metro Hold Public Hearing on 710 Freeway Extension Project

On the evening of May 6, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) held a public hearing at La Cañada High School to seek community feedback on a draft environmental report for the 710 Freeway extension project. The event was free and open to attend by the general public. 

Public Comment Period for SR-710 North Study Gets Extension

Caltrans and Metro are working together on the State Route 710 North Study to find the solution for the traffic congestion problem between the western San Gabriel Valley and the east/northeast area of Los Angeles. Population growth poses not only a traffic issue but also pollution and accident issues as well. 

Multi-million Dollar Project On The Santa Ana Freeway To Provide Congestion Relief

Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) recently began construction on the $215 million Florence Avenue Project, which will add one carpool lane in addition to a general lane in each direction of Interstate 5 from Santa Fe Springs to Downey.

Purple Line Subway Extension Underway

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) staff awarded the Purple Line subway extension contract, valued at around $1.6 billion, to a joint venture composed of three of the world's top construction companies. The project had been in the preliminary stages of planning and environmental analysis for four years before finally receiving full approval. On November 7, 2014, at a ceremony on Wilshire Boulevard, Metro officially broke ground on the Purple Line Extension.

More Condemnations Imminent In Fresno To Make Way For High-speed Rail

On September 12, the California Public Works Board, which is comprised of the heads of the state's Finance, Transportation and General Services department, unanimously agreed to issue resolutions declaring the need to condemn five Fresno properties as part of the state's highly debated high-speed rail project.

6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project Moving Forward

When it came time to replace an iconic Sixth Street viaduct bridge that spans the gap between Boyle Heights and Downtown Los Angeles, those involved knew that it would take political will and extensive input from the public - not an easy task. It would take the combined effort of architects, designers, artists, politicians and the Bureau of Engineering to get the project off the ground.

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