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August 20, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
A property owner has filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court to try to force the city's Redevelopment Agency to either buy his commercially zoned property or let him develop the vacant land. In the suit filed last week, Jose Gil DeMoura, who owns two lots on Manchester Boulevard, said the Redevelopment Agency has rejected his specific proposals for a commercial building, mini-mart or automobile retail center.
February 25, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A Los Angeles City Council committee took a first step Tuesday toward banning hydraulic fracturing and other disputed practices tied to oil extraction, winning cheers and applause from a packed auditorium. "Fracking and other unconventional drilling is happening here in Los Angeles, and without the oversight and review to keep our neighborhoods safe," Councilman Mike Bonin told the Planning and Land Use Management Committee. The panel decided to pass the matter along to the council after hearing from dozens of supporters.  “We can't allow the safety of our neighborhoods that we represent to be jeopardized by dangerous drilling,” Bonin said.
November 8, 1995
I doubt that any economists were included in the study mentioned in "Sprawl Threatens Central Valley" (Oct. 26). Rather than let the landowner decide if he wants to farm the land or sell it, the "researchers are urging politicians and planners" to decide it for him. The learned gentlemen who conducted this study have come very far for folks who put so much trust in government, and who refuse to believe that a piece of land is worth what someone will...
September 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
County planning officials recommended Wednesday that operators of Los Angeles International Airport give more consideration to opponents of a $652-million runway move that business leaders say is essential for handling future growth in travel and cargo. The Airport Land Use Commission, which oversees aviation-related projects in the region, however, rejected a request by runway opponents to issue an order requiring the Los Angeles City Council to reconsider its approval of an entire $4.75-billion package of LAX improvements.
December 16, 2001
A period of rapid development in Orange County finds another year drawing to a close, and with it, lots of development plans on the boards in areas near sensitive coastal and habitat-rich parts of the county. The UC Irvine Annual Survey, released earlier in the fall, found residents in a cranky mood over growth and development, high housing costs and traffic congestion. Many wonder what if any land is being saved.
March 29, 1998
This citizen thanks you--I'd hire a brass band if it would express my gratitude more--for that wonderfully lucid and beautifully focused conversation between William Fulton and Rick Cole, "Planning for a Future," March 15. How refreshing to read about the kind of community we all want but haven't figured out how to get. And learn, by the way, that it not only can be but has been done.
June 11, 1987
Until Tuesday the United States had two rock-ribbed legal traditions regarding property rights. One, going back nearly 200 years, was that if a government took a person's property--for a highway, for instance--the government had to compensate the owner at a fair price. The second was that government could use its police powers to restrict property use in certain ways for the public benefit without having to compensate the owner for potential economic losses.
July 2, 1995
The Thousand Oaks City Council did the correct thing by exempting Westoaks Self Storage from the moratorium on new self-storage facilities. For years, I and many others have pleaded with city representatives to study all sites in the city so as to let property owners know of any restrictions that may be imposed upon them. The Thousand Oaks city attorney recently stated that no one is safe until construction is started. Can you imagine paying for plans and a permit and hiring a contractor to build your dream house, only to have a city official inform you that you can't build because a neighbor doesn't want you there?
June 26, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - In a decision bolstering private property rights, the Supreme Court ruled that a Florida landowner could sue a local government agency for denying him a building permit because he refused to pay for improvements on public property several miles away. The 5-4 decision expanded the ability of property owners to claim that government requirements attached to land-use permits amount to an improper "taking" under the Constitution. The 5th Amendment says private property can not be taken for public use without "just compensation.
February 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to uphold municipal bans against medical marijuana dispensaries. Meeting for oral arguments, the state high court considered the legality of a ban on dispensaries by the city of Riverside. Several justices noted that the state Constitution gives cities wide policing power over land use and suggested that the state's medical marijuana laws have not undercut that authority. "The Legislature knows how to say 'Thou Shall Not Ban Dispensaries,' " Justice Ming W. Chin said.
December 5, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral and City Council candidates should address air, soil, water and energy problems in their campaigns and the winners should push for specific measures to meet those challenges, UCLA researchers said in a report released Tuesday. The report aims to ignite debate among candidates over their commitment to confronting environmental issues, including constrained water supplies, greenhouse gas emissions and tighter government budgets. "We're hoping that candidate debates from 2013 to 2021 will be loaded with questions derived from our plan," said Mark Gold, associate director of UCLA's Institute of Environment and Sustainability.
September 9, 2012 | By Abby Sewell and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Mammoth Lakes hardly fits the profile of other cities that have recently plunged into bankruptcy. It was not pensions or plummeting property values or questionable accounting practices that pushed the tiny mountain resort town over the edge: It was a $43-million court judgment in a lawsuit brought by a developer after the town tried to back out of an agreement. The town finally reached a tentative settlement agreement in the case last month, but not before filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
September 4, 2012 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
The morning talk on Wildcat Canyon Road has turned from rattlesnakes to tarantulas. Neighbors stand in the shade of the oaks and sycamores that arch over the cul-de-sac. It's an impromptu gathering on a summer day when there is no great rush to be at work. Summer, they say, is snake season, which overlaps tarantula season in the fall. Already, tarantula hawks - the orange-winged wasps that capture the spiders to feed their larva - are out hunting. One resident, Steve Kerrigan, has lived on this road for 14 years; another, Chay Peterson, for 25 years.
July 11, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Santa Barbara County supervisors Tuesday handed the Chumash tribe a land-use victory that, according to some neighbors, may set a precedent for much larger fights to come. At issue was a 6.9-acre parcel owned by the tribe across Highway 246 from its busy Santa Ynez casino. Rejecting a request from anti-casino community groups, the supervisors chose not to appeal a federal ruling allowing annexation of the land to the Chumash reservation. Opponents feared a tribal win on 6.9 acres would pave the way for the reservation's proposed annexation of the 1,400-acre property known as Camp Four.
May 4, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers' new owners will pay $14 million per year to rent the parking lots from an entity half-owned by Frank McCourt, according to land-use documents intended to "facilitate the orderly development" of the property surrounding Dodger Stadium. The potential uses for the property include shops and restaurants, homes and offices, and another sports venue, according to documents obtained Friday by The Times. The documents also discuss the possibility of parking structures on the land.
April 11, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers should be required to disclose the conditions that govern land use around Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Times argued in a court filing Wednesday. The Dodgers have asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to file those conditions under seal, citing the "sensitive non-public commercial information" within. Attorneys for The Times argued that the Dodgers have not provided any evidence to support that claim or shown why it should outweigh "the well-established presumption of public access to judicial records.
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