April 27, 2003 |
Is there abuse in invoking eminent domain to take over private property for public use? A new study by the Institute for Justice documents that the government has taken or threatened to take by force more than 10,000 homes, businesses, churches and private land not for "public use," such as a police station or post office, but for private economic development in the past five years.
April 5, 2001
Tiger Woods, winner of the last three major titles, is going for history this week at Augusta National, while Greg Puga, a Bel-Air Country Club caddie from East L.A., is happy to be there. S1
January 10, 1993
The "Real Estate Q & A" item entitled "Owner Options on Low Eminent Domain Offer" (Nov. 29) made a very unfortunate statement: "The government usually hires an appraiser who makes a low estimate of the land's market value." That is about as blatant and insupportable, undocumented a statement as I can possibly imagine. The rules and regulations governing real estate appraisal today are dramatically different than they were 15 to 20 years ago, when some of the types of actions described in your answer took place.
June 22, 2008 |
A small house once at the center of a Supreme Court decision on government seizure of private property has found a safe haven. The pink clapboard house that stood in the way of New London's efforts to build a riverfront project and sparked a property rights movement was disassembled, then relocated close to downtown. New owner Avner Gregory dedicated his house before about 200 people. "This was somebody's house and they were asked to leave," he said. "This is a house that represents a home to the everyday people of America."
November 13, 1986
The City Council took the first step in taking a 3.4-acre parcel through eminent domain to provide replacement locations for businesses that will be displaced from a nearby redevelopment project. Ford Street Management Co.
June 16, 2004 |
The Peyrauds of Domaine Tempier in Bandol were instrumental in bringing back this almost forgotten appellation due south of Marseille. Domaine Tempier's rouge and rose have been on the list at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, where their importer, Kermit Lynch, is also based, since practically day one. Mourvedre, the grape that gives Bandols their inky color and wild, almost smoky taste, is suddenly in vogue among California winemakers too. Small wonder.
May 11, 2006 |
Faced with opposition from conservative groups and some pornography websites, the Internet's key oversight agency voted Wednesday to reject a proposal to create a red-light district on the Internet. The decision from the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers reverses its preliminary approval last June to create a dot-xxx domain name for voluntary use by the adult entertainment industry.