Friday, July 22, 2005

"Eminent Domain Ruling Reverberates in CA"

Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee writes about reaction in California to the Kelo Supreme Court decision.

There was recently a troubling eminent domain case here in Orange County, in which the city of Cypress took away a church's land to give it to a Costco, reasoning that the Costco's tax contributions would be worth more to the city than the services a church might provide. (The case was ultimately settled with a land swap.) The Kelo case will surely invite more of the same.

State Senator Tom McClintock has introduced legislation to protect California's citizens from another Kelo -- or Cypress -- case. You can read more in McClintock's opinion column published in today's Orange County Register.

6 Comments:

Blogger Ugly Naked Guy said...

Do you have a link or further information on the Costco/church ordeal?

6:48 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Here's an Orange County Register opinion column describing the situation at the time it was happening.

http://www.ocregister.com/commentary/greenhut/greenhut20020414.shtml

Ultimately there was a three-way land deal. The church is building in the same general area, and the Costco just opened this month on what used to be the church's land.

After the Kelo decision, I can envision a case that goes a step further than the Cottonwood Church land case and uses eminent domain to take the property of an already existing church building. The possible implications for freedom of religion, if Kelo is unchecked, are quite staggering.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Ugly Naked Guy said...

Stunning! I can't believe this didn't get national mention in the aftermath of the court decision. Increasingly, ownership means less and less in the land of the free.

1:52 PM  
Blogger MPH said...

nice...familiar with the Lost Liberty Hotel?

9:01 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Yes, also check my July 24th post, "As Ye Sow," for more about efforts to take Souter's property :).

Thanks for stopping by!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

PS We have been regular users of RateMyTeachers.com. Great service.

10:08 AM  

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