Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Eminent Domain in California

Another amazing eminent domain story: Yolo County, California, is seizing working ranch and farm land to make sure the landowners don't develop the land in future. What's more, Yolo County isn't footing the bill; they're letting an Indian tribe pay for the land directly with casino money. Supposedly there have been no promises made to the Indians, but needless to say the arrangement raises all sorts of additional questions.

The landowners say that this could be the first time the "government got into the business of trying to run an existing business."

If the government succeeds, there's nothing to stop the government from taking over anyone else's business in future.

(Hat tip: Betsy's Page.)

3 Comments:

Blogger Dean McConnell said...

Dear Laura,

If you are interseted in issues like this, have you ever considered attending a Chriatian Law school? Check out the site of Trinity Law School in Santa Ana.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Missy said...

Yeah Laura! Go for it. Lawyer Laura; has a good ring! ;-)

11:17 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You never know. Thanks for the tip, Dean McConnell :). I appreciate you taking the time to leave a note!

As it happens, I actually worked as a legal assistant in a civil practice for over a decade and am still in the business as a proofreader for court reporters. My law office experience showed me I didn't want to be a lawyer myself (way too stressful and confrontational, grin), but I do find legal issues fascinating and would probably enjoy the experience of studying law, as long as I didn't have to practice it! Best wishes, Laura

1:00 PM  

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