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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.
April 24, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to New York City's famed rent-control ordinance, a post-World War II housing measure that limits the rents of more than a million apartments. The court's refusal Monday to hear the case is a setback for property rights activists, who had hoped a more conservative court would protect landlords and a free market in rentals. For decades, critics have said rent-control laws deny property owners the right to fully profit from their investments.
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."
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.
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.
June 17, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court rejected a property rights claim from some disgruntled owners of beachfront in Florida on Thursday, upholding instead the state's authority to pump new sand onto an eroded shoreline without paying compensation. This extra sand became a new strip of public beach. That in turn prompted a group of property owners along Florida's east coast to sue, contending that the state had taken away their rights to a private beach. What was once oceanfront property had become ocean-view property, they said, demanding compensation for their loss.
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