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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 2, 2009 | By David G. Savage
With climatologists predicting an era of rising seas, the Supreme Court today will take up a property rights claim from Florida's Gulf Coast to decide whether private land owners or the public gain the benefits of restoring beaches eroded by hurricanes or high waters. The case is the first property rights dispute before the Roberts court, and it renews the clash between the public's wish for open beaches and the rights of property owners to keep out unwanted guests. The Constitution says private property may not be "taken for public use" without the government paying for it, but it is not entirely clear what is private property when the state is adding new sand to an eroded private beach.
October 10, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Defiant Communist officials said today they oppose widespread private property and indicated the party will resist calls to give up its own vast holdings and share power in a coalition government. The officials, briefing reporters on a two-day Central Committee plenum that ended Tuesday, also rejected the elimination of party cells in the work place and said the Soviet Union will continue to celebrate Revolution Day as a national holiday. Vladimir A. Ivashko, the party's No.
May 6, 2001
Re "Commission: Tramples Rights, Saves Coast," May 1. I applaud Judge Charles C. Kobayashi's ruling. It's about time someone stepped up and stood up to the California Coastal Commission. It has always amazed me and others how much power one commission can have. They are not about compromise, they are about taking private property regardless of the situation. They have no understanding of private property rights, no concept of local coastal issues or environmental issues. I'm all for the environment and try to do my part each and every day, but we have some serious housing issues in Southern California that need to be addressed and the commission is ignoring that fact.
May 31, 1992
Rep. Anthony Beilenson recently requested $33 million from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior. Beilenson said that the National Parks Service would use the money for a high priority acquisition such as the Soka University site in Calabasas. The fact is that Soka University is not for sale. Rep. Beilenson, therefore, is tacitly requesting the condemnation of private property. This is an assault on the Fourth Amendment rights of every citizen. There is no consensus for this action in our community.
August 5, 2004
Re "Bait Shop Is Small Fry Amid the Sharks," Aug. 1: Steve Lopez took an easy potshot. Broad Beach in Malibu is private property above the mean high tide line, not public coastland as stated in his column. The hired hosts are necessary to keep the public out of the private property of the homeowners. There are no public facilities on Broad Beach. The public has used the backyards of residents for bathrooms and bedrooms and left much trash on the beach. Adjacent public Zuma Beach is patrolled in trucks, has lifeguards and offers public facilities.
August 17, 1990
After the savings and loan scandal, the HUD scandal, the EPA scandal and the Pentagon spending scandal, the next scandal to be uncovered will be the redevelopment scandal in the cities across the nation. Developers are moving in and promoting the stealing of private property from owners of property just because these properties happen to be on valuable land that offers developers profit-making opportunities. The city government is encouraged to expropriate this private property, giving the rightful owners minimal compensation which would not permit them to even begin to duplicate their investment at current market prices.
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