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Why this Oakland military family is suing the city

Why this Oakland military family is suing the city

    By MERIEM L. HUBBARD For years, Sharon Ballinger, an Air Force nurse, and Lyndsey Ballinger, a Squadron Commander in the California Air National Guard, have lived in Oakland with their two small children. And when they were temporarily transferred to Washington, D.C., they rented their house out on a month-to-month basis, always intending to […]

Reform the Endangered Species Act by respecting property rights

Reform the Endangered Species Act by respecting property rights

    By JONATHAN WOOD Update: On August 12, 2019, as a result of PLF petitions, the Department of the Interior announced changes that will improve the way the Endangered Species Act is applied — changes that will benefit property owners and species. Interior’s new rules terminate an illegal and counterproductive rule that complicated the recovery of […]

Justice for Rose: Landmark Supreme Court decision opens federal courts to property rights claims

Justice for Rose: Landmark Supreme Court decision opens federal courts to property rights claims

By CHRISTINA MARTIN Today, the Supreme Court gave property owners everywhere a major victory, overturning a 34-year precedent that has robbed countless individuals of their property rights. And you have an unassuming woman in rural Pennsylvania to thank. In a 5-4 opinion on written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Justices held that the government violates the Constitution […]

Rising from the ashes: When the Camp Fire hit Paradise, California

Rising from the ashes: When the Camp Fire hit Paradise, California

Editor’s Note this is republished from Pacific Legal Foundation spotlighting one of their own, Eileen Durta, whose family was affected by the last year’s devastating Camp Fire.  It relates what it means when a community, impacted by a destructive event, pulls together.  Ventura County has certainly experienced its share of tragedy and like Paradise we […]

National coalition joins Pacific Legal Foundation against government-sanctioned home theft

National coalition joins Pacific Legal Foundation against government-sanctioned home theft

  By CHRISTINA MARTIN PLF client Uri Rafaeli accidentally underpaid the property taxes on his Southfield Michigan house by $8.41. So Oakland County took Rafaeli’s house to collect on the small debt. The County also took PLF client Andre Ohanessian’s 2.7 acres of valuable land in Orchard Village to collect a $6,000 debt. The County […]

Trickle or torrent, all property owners are haunted by waters

Trickle or torrent, all property owners are haunted by waters

    By ETHAN BLEVINS On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal published my op-ed about Navy veteran Joe Robertson, who went to federal prison for digging ponds high in the Montana mountains. Here’s the article’s opening: “I am haunted by waters,” wrote Norman Maclean in “A River Runs Through It,” his 1976 novel about growing up in a […]

Lawsuit Targets California DMV’s Censorship of Personalized Plates

Lawsuit Targets California DMV’s Censorship of Personalized Plates

Jon Kotler is a First Amendment professor at the University of Southern California (USC). He is also a huge fan of the London-based Fulham Football Club and a longtime season ticket holder. Wishing to celebrate the team’s recent success, Jon applied for a personalized license plate with the letters “COYW,” which stands for “Come on […]

California Is Looking To Tax Drinking Water

California Is Looking To Tax Drinking Water

Timothy Snowball | Pacific Legal Foundation   California is known for a lot of things: Ronald Reagan, Hollywood, beaches, hippies, student protests — and some of the most relentlessly progressive politicians in the entire country. Simply put, the government of California is out of control. In total, the state added 1,016new laws to the books in 2019, […]

Supreme Court to decide whether Clean Water Act regulates groundwater

Supreme Court to decide whether Clean Water Act regulates groundwater

By DAMIEN SCHIFF Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, in which PLF filed a friend-of-the-court brief. This case is about whether the Clean Water Act regulates pollution that reaches surface water by means of groundwater. If it does, as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said, then every homeowner with […]

California bureaucrats levied a $4+ million fine against these homeowners

California bureaucrats levied a $4+ million fine against these homeowners

When it comes to government bureaucrats abusing citizens’ property rights and pushing the envelope on constitutional limits, the California Coastal Commission is in a class by itself. Our latest effort to defend a pair of Southern California homeowners against the commission’s overly aggressive and heavy-handed tactics is a case study in government abuse of property […]