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January 25, 2001
Re "Interior Needs a Free Market Approach," Commentary, Jan. 23: Trying to justify the nomination of anti-environmentalist Gale Norton for secretary of the Interior, James Huffman claims her opponents would be "hard pressed to explain why those nations with the worst environmental records are consistently those with little or no respect for private property." I think Huffman would be even more hard pressed to explain why those with the greatest environmental records, our Native American Indians, had practically no concept of "private property."
March 10, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court dealt a setback Monday to the popular redevelopment trend of transforming abandoned railroad lines into public bike paths, ruling that buyers of such lands are not required to continue granting a federal right of way. Legal experts said the decision would make it harder to build bike or hiking trails in areas of the West where railroads were often built on former federal land. In some instances, local governments may be forced to pay compensation to owners whose land is now crossed by bike paths or other government-built trails and parks.
December 3, 2012 | By Karin Klein
The Santa Monica Nativity scene will go on display after all -- on private property, where it belongs. The holiday display in a city park had become a divisive issue in Santa Monica, which had instituted a lottery for holiday displays -- spots that were mostly won by atheist groups. Faced with the requirement of either fairly allowing all religious beliefs to have space or none, the city opted for the latter. Court challenges to that decision lost. I'd take it one step further.
January 17, 2014 | By Jeff Spurrier
Spring-like weather hasn't brought smiles at the Venice Community Garden. The locals who tend the garden's 54 plots recently learned that they have until the end of the month to clear out. With real estate prices rising, gardeners at the privately owned site learned more than a year ago that the property would go on the market someday. "But we were thinking in 10 years," said master gardener Kip Wood, one of the people who founded the community garden about four years ago. The number of community gardens in the Los Angeles area has grown to more than 100. The wave of popularity is so strong that leaders of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council have lost track of an exact count.
December 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Millions of Chinese who have plunged into capitalism would be guaranteed the right to private property for the first time since the 1949 revolution under a constitutional amendment proposed by communist leaders. The amendment submitted to the National People's Congress would give official status to the entrepreneurs who now drive China's economy. In part the change is symbolic, bringing the constitution up to date with China's market-oriented reality.
July 27, 2005 | ROSA BROOKS
Supreme court Justice David Souter must be ruing the day he joined the majority opinion in Kelo vs. City of New London, the controversial case that approved the Connecticut city's plan to redevelop its waterfront by seizing homes and handing them over to private developers.
June 3, 2007
Re "Say no to home wreckers," editorial, May 29 Nearly two years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous Kelo decision regarding eminent domain, and The Times still doesn't get it. The decision not only "sent a chill through homeowners" but all Americans, who understood that their most fundamental right -- the right to private property -- had been erased from the Constitution. Although protection for owner-occupied homes is certainly commendable, such targeted protection specifically leaves every business, tenant, worshipper and farmer in California vulnerable to eminent domain abuse.
February 15, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Soviet legislators clashed today over a proposal to restore private property rights in the Soviet Union, and one Ukrainian lawmaker said such an idea is so radical that it should be put to a national referendum. "We have to ask the people," said lawmaker Leonid Sukhov of Kharkov. "The people know better."
April 28, 1985
Private Property Week, which coincides with Fair Housing Month, is being celebrated in the Southland today through Saturday with activities planned by various real estate boards. The annual observation was designated by the National Assn. of Realtors to focus on increasing the public's awareness of the right to use, own or transfer private property, which usually means a home.
The Soviet government, proposing a major change in the country's socialist system, presented legislation Thursday that would end the state's monopoly ownership of all means of production and thus lay the basis for a mixed economy in the future. Leonid I.
October 19, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
On a recent postcard-perfect day, James Foutch is selling tours of movie stars' homes from a prime location on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame, just as he has for more than a decade. But his customary spot on the gray terrazzo sidewalk, studded with pink stars, is about to change. In a crackdown aimed at managing the mobs of people visiting the wildly popular venue, Foutch and other sightseeing bus operators are being forced to the sidelines. Starting on Sunday, sales of bus tours from the Walk of Fame will no longer be permitted.
September 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The genius of the state's late and not-very-much-lamented community redevelopment agencies was that they built projects that raised property values and then kept for themselves the higher tax receipts that resulted. Normally, taxes are divvied up among the city, the county, the school districts and the state, but in a California-style CRA project area, any tax receipts beyond what the parcel already had been generating would stay with the agency to pay off bonds and invest in new projects.
July 30, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In a city derided for its lack of historic consciousness, murals tell the narrative of Los Angeles. Political movements, surfers' idylls, Hollywood stars - all have been captured on the sides of buildings, freeways and fences. Whether they are great art - some are, some are not - is almost beside the point. They are part of the cultural history of the city and its people. But since 2003, there has been an absolute prohibition on the creation of any murals on private property. The ban went into effect as part of the city's long-running billboard wars - it was an effort to prevent commercial sign companies from passing off advertisements as murals.
July 5, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Later this summer, following years of legal skirmishing and politicking, the Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on whether to lift its decade-old ban on private-property murals. Some questions surrounding the proposed ordinance have been around since at least 1932, when the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros painted his polemical masterpiece "América Tropical" in downtown Los Angeles, which was subsequently whitewashed and finally restored last year. Among them are: What happens when an individual artist or property owner's free-speech rights collide with another group's aesthetic preferences or personal views?
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.
June 25, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
When José Huizar was growing up in Boyle Heights in the 1970s, the profusion of murals on apartment buildings and private homes spoke to a burgeoning sense of community pride among the city's Mexican American population. "They had a positive impact on me, especially the one 'We Are Not a Minority,'" said Huizar, an L.A. city councilman, referring to a well-known mural at the Estrada Courts housing complex. "It made me question and ask about my identity and what life is about in East L.A. It's kind of empowering.
October 11, 1992
Responding to David Czamanske's "Commentary" on the La Vina Housing Plan (Times Oct. 4), I agree that the loss of beautiful foothill forest acreage to residential development is lamentable. However, the land in question is privately owned. It belongs to the owners who purchased it and who have paid taxes on it. If the public deems the land important enough to preserve, it should tax itself and purchase it at fair market value. Wars and revolutions have occurred when government confiscates property without just compensation.
December 3, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
Santa Monica's much-debated Nativity scenes will be staged after all - on private property. The decision was hailed by advocates for the separation of church and state, but there was little indication the acrimony would subside on the other side, where an attorney pledged to continue to fight for religious displays on public land. Less than a week after a federal judge finalized a ruling that Santa Monica has the right to ban seasonal displays in public spaces, Nativity scene organizers announced that they would move to a new location.
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