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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.
May 5, 1996
This letter is in response to Scott Wolfe's letter to the editor (April 14) which concerned the legality and the need for the Parks Initiative in Thousand Oaks. Mr. Wolfe incorrectly states that the initiative deals with "typically only privately owned land" and that it would allow the city to take private property owners' land. The city attorney's summary of the initiative--which must be signed by almost 10,000 registered Thousand Oaks voters by May 14--states: "This land use designation freeze would apply to mostly publicly owned land" and the initiative " . . . would not apply to any property where the Thousand Oaks City Council finds the application of the restriction would be an unconstitutional taking of the private property."
August 3, 1986
We were quite dismayed to see the picture on the top front page of the July 24 View section--a picture of Jerry Schad apparently breaking the law. For the information of your readers, it is unlawful in San Diego County to bring a dog into a public park. Also, a dog must be leashed when not on private property. There are good reasons for these laws. Our two small children have repeatedly been terrorized in parks by large, friendly, unleashed dogs who run over and jump up on them.
October 19, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles real estate developer must allow hikers to use the popular Hastain Trail across his private property in Franklin Canyon, a judge has tentatively ruled. Mohamed Hadid, who has designed and built more than a dozen Ritz-Carlton hotels and many Beverly Hills mega-mansions, has been ordered to stop "interfering with the public recreational use" of the trail, which runs across nearly half of the 97 acres he owns next to Franklin Canyon Park between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills.
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