CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2011 |
Deervale-Stone Canyon Park has one of the area's most spectacular views. But for more than a decade, the Sherman Oaks park was a local secret. The few who were in the know about the 80-acre spread would venture in to walk dogs, hike and bike. One shrewd vagrant managed to find a home amid the untamed oaks and shrubs. But in effect, the park — though officially open to the public — was reserved for deer and coyotes. There was no sign, no parking lot, no gate. Confusion reigned over how to get inside.
December 14, 2008 |
Los Angeles real estate reality television star Jeff Lewis, who is known for his cocksure, confrontational style, has made the neighbors of one of his projects very afraid, they said, and they want a restraining order to keep him at bay. Lewis is the star of "Flipping Out," a Bravo channel show that follows him as he buys, renovates and resells homes. Terence Beesley and Ashley Jensen, who live next door to a house Lewis is improving on Valley Oak Drive in Los Feliz, said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the developer constructed a deck at the house that encroached on their property.
March 13, 2014 |
It might be sound reasoning, but a Supreme Court decision this week on an arcane legal-easement argument will likely have broad and regrettable consequences, particularly in the West, for the national movement to convert old railroad beds into bicycle paths. The case, Brandt vs. U.S., is rooted in the General Railroad Right of Way Law of 1875, through which Congress established a uniform approach to granting easements on government land so railroad companies could extend tracks through the heart of the still-developing country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1991
On Monday, the Newport Beach City Council will hold the eighth (and hopefully final) public hearing on its beach encroachment policy. On June 11, the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the policy to be considered, apparently recognizing the legal rights of adjacent property owners and the significant benefits to the public. Although several flaws remain after many compromises, it deserves support of the community and the council. Approval by the council will resolve a decades-old issue and avoid years of litigation.
October 30, 2011 |
Question: I rent an apartment in a large multistory building. There is a long balcony on my side of the building. Management sent me a letter telling me they wanted to install telecom and antenna equipment on this balcony so the local phone company can improve Wi-Fi reception in our area. The only access to the balcony is through two apartments, one of which is mine. Do I have a right to refuse to allow this installation? If they go ahead with the installation, do I have a right to refuse to allow the telephone technicians to use my apartment for access?
August 3, 2008 |
A man who used his Silicon Valley wealth to buy a Montana ranch from actor Steven Seagal 10 years ago and then launched an ambitious environmental agenda has placed nearly all the property under easements restricting development. The nonprofit Trust for Public Land announced Friday that about 11,000 acres of Sun Ranch, which Outside magazine rates among the nation's best eco-getaways, is under a new conservation easement purchased from ranch owner Roger Lang. That easement and an earlier agreement together restrict development on about 95% of Lang's 19,000 acres at Sun Ranch, said Adam DeFanti, a spokesman for Sun Ranch Group.