July 2011 Archives
California State Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) recently filed referendum papers to reverse a new mandate that requires rural homeowners pay a state fire fee, according to The Sacramento Bee. The senator is collaborating with the California Republican Party on this effort.
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.
An investigation in 2006 by The Orange County Register found that the California Department of Transportation repeatedly took land it didn't need by invoking eminent domain. According to the investigation, "Highway Robbery," time and time again Caltrans displaced private property owners for highway projects that ultimately went nowhere; from a failed freeway loop close to the San Francisco Bay in Hayward to the widening of the Pacific Coast Highway through Orange County, which was eventually abandoned. Using eminent domain, along the way Caltrans purchased thousands of businesses and homes it did not need, and held on to these properties for decades. Consequently, it became a landlord to workers and residents in over 1,300 businesses and homes, which is a job the government agency is not meant to handle.