Thanks, Starchild. "Fighting eminent domain" is an understatement in my case, where they got both the land, and made me pay them money on top.
The scheme all over the Santa Cruz Mountains, and now moving into other areas, is the local County goes in and finds "grading violations" or other violations that are vaguely "hazardous" and red tags a property, making it unmarketable.
Then Open Space makes offers for the land at pennies on the dollar.
The County supplies "experts" that the hazard is "serious".
The County DA threatens to criminally prosecute under the
"misdemeanor" footnote on all building code infractions... with 6 "months in a county jail for each day the violation continues".
The owner (me in this case, others in other cases) is forced to sell to Open Space at pennies on the dollar.
Then Open Space never corrects the violation that was supposedly "hazardous".
In[masked], I gave speeches about this scheme all over the bay area. I called it "racketeering" and "elder abuse".
They called it a kind of eminent domain, since Open Space and "Greenbelting" was a long term goal everyone wanted that was inevitable.
It was mainly being used to target land of elderly property owners, but everyone
mountains lived in fear of Open Space, and no politician would go up against "environmentalism and open space", even when it reached the level of racketeering and elder abuse.
In my case, they retaliated after my speech. the "hazard" was material that was in fact dumped by Cal Trans, in a case that CBS News called "Pet Cemetery".
They got over 900 acres of prime Saratoga, Los Gatos, etc. land from me this way, and forced the sale of my San Francisco Apartment to give them $700K to "correct the hazard" in year 2000, on an "emergency" basis, since I was refusing to recognize it as a hazard. Of course, once they had the money, they did not correct anything. Open Space ended up with the land and the money on top.
It might be called "hyper eminent domain", where the
government gets the land plus money for taking it.
From: Starchild <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, September 15,[masked]:00 AM
Subject: Re: [lpsf] Who knows name of property rights advocacy law firm?
I'm sorry I don't Eric. The only libertarian law firm that comes to mind is the Institute for Justice (IJ.org
) -- they focus mainly on helping economic freedom for entrepreneurs, school choice, and fighting eminent domain.
Love & Liberty,
((( starchild )))
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