California appellate court vindicates Proposition 13’s eminent domain protection

Enacted by voters as a ballot initiative in 1978, California’s Proposition 13 gives property owners relief on their tax bills by limiting property taxes to one percent of a property’s value, with a maximum two percent increase for inflation per … Continue reading

Are governments circumventing the “just compensation” requirement?

Reason‘s A. Barton Hinkle has an article reporting on a clever — some would say cruel — scheme to abuse property owners that the Virginia Department of Transportation has developed. What’s the scheme? First, the agency announces that it is … Continue reading

The blight of redevelopment

Last week, PLF filed an amicus curiae letter in the California Supreme Court, asking it to grant the Community Youth Athletic Center’s (CYAC) petition for review of an abusive scheme to transfer its private property to a developer for its … Continue reading

The specter of eminent domain strikes again

As my colleague, Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur wrote earlier this week, various groups and politicians within California are pushing to give government more generous (read evil) eminent domain powers.  And lest you think this issue is merely a matter of esoteric … Continue reading

President’s report — December 20, 2013

Obamacare — Origination Clause Challenge We filed this reply brief in Sissel v. Sibelius, our challenge to Obamacare based on the failure of the revenue-raising measure to originate in the House of Representatives, as required by the Constitution’s Origination Clause.  The … Continue reading

Agencies use global warming anxiety to strangle property rights

As Coastal Land Rights Week concludes, it is important to recognize that a tremendous amount of work remains to be done. Governments around the country seem set on taking property along the coast at no cost. Currently the greatest publicity … Continue reading

PLF to highlight abuses by coastal land-use agencies

Backed by the politically powerful interests of those who want (uncompensated) beach access and undeveloped shorelines, coastal land-use agencies have exercised ever-increasing power over property owners in their jurisdictions. As I explain in this video, this week, PLF is highlighting … Continue reading

Coastal Commission rides roughshod over billboard owners’ property rights

The California Coastal Commission is at it again, trying to rid the coastal zone of all things private and commercial.  But this time, it’s doing so indirectly–using another state agency to do its bidding. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) … Continue reading

Coastal Commission November wrap-up

Last week I attended the California Coastal Commission meeting at the Taj Mahal in Newport Beach. On Wednesday, the meeting attracted a crowd full of union and environmental activists, to discuss Poseidon Water’s application to build a $900 million desalination … Continue reading