Environmental contamination has become a problem of serious concern in California and across the nation, due to its dangerous health effects as well as its negative impact on property values. In particular, government agencies that are working to obtain a piece of private property by eminent domain are concerned with soil contamination.
The Redding Record Searchlight reports that the site for the new Shasta County courthouse has been approved by the state Public Works Board, putting an end to an uncertain year regarding the complicated process of property acquisition. The new courthouse will be located in downtown Redding, California.
The Daily Journal reports that the high-speed rail project in California is causing many residents in San Mateo to worry about how the future rail line will impact their neighborhoods, the value of their properties, and whether or not many of them will be able to remain in their homes since many believe the project will require significant property acquiring through eminent domain.