California Watch: Eminent Domain Battles

Courtesy California Watch

It’s been more than two years since California voters passed Proposition 99 in an attempt to prevent local governments from abusing their eminent domain powers, but some municipalities are still wielding the law in controversial ways, as evidenced by a recent superior court judgment.

The Southern California city of Laguna Woods has been embroiled in eminent domain proceedings for the past five years. The controversy began when the city offered Raintree Realty $3.65 million in exchange for a parking lot and a city hall building that the company had leased to the city for several years . . . (more)