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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.
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.
April 23, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday 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 action 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 investment.
March 8, 1998
I take exception to "The Right Can't Have It Both Ways" (Column Left, Feb. 8). Douglas Kendall and James Ryan say it is "hypocritical" for the right to favor a "broad" interpretation of the 5th Amendment but a strict reading of the 14th Amendment. If we accept this, doesn't the left display a corresponding hypocrisy? The article states there is a "broader meaning of equality" in the 14th Amendment, but that the 5th Amendment, "on plain reading prohibits only actual expropriations of private property."
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