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In 13 states, it’s legal for governments to steal your home equity

In 13 states, it’s legal for governments to steal your home equity

By ANGELA C. ERICKSON Uri Rafaeli’s story is heartbreaking to read: Uri is a retired 83-year-old Michigan engineer, and in 2014 he accidentally underpaid, by $8.41, the property taxes on a home he rented out. But instead of notifying him of the issue and helping him, his county government seized the home and sold it at auction […]

The First Amendment protects the emoji house and the ‘Starry Night’ house

The First Amendment protects the emoji house and the ‘Starry Night’ house

    By JEREMY TALCOTT A Manhattan Beach duplex with a unique paint job has been mired in controversy. A few months ago, Manhattan Beach resident Kathryn Kidd hired a local artist named Z the Art to paint her house in a bright pink color with a pair of cheeky emoji faces. While Kidd enjoys the house, her neighbors […]

A Rancher’s property rights and the right to conserve

A Rancher’s property rights and the right to conserve

    By TONY FRANCOIS The Clean Water Act (CWA) is supposed to protect and enhance our nation’s waters. But too often, government bureaucrats use that broad mandate to stomp on private landowners’ property rights—even when those private landowners are trying to protect the land themselves. In a bitter twist, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using the […]

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 […]

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 […]

When Government says they’re doing it for the ‘Greater Good’ – Watch Out | Wildlife Project is a Theft of Property Rights

When Government says they’re doing it for the ‘Greater Good’ – Watch Out |  Wildlife Project is a Theft of Property Rights

    By Debra Tash In the Moorpark Acorn, January 11th 2019 edition,  Hector Gonzalez wrote a piece with a headline that veered close to a Marxist mantra, Finding the Line Between Public Good, Private Property.  In it there were four interviewees, the planner Kim Uhlich, who is in charge of Ventura County’s Proposed Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife […]

Pacific Legal Foundation | Supreme Court’s First Week’s Cases – The Fight for Property Rights

Pacific Legal Foundation | Supreme Court’s First Week’s Cases – The Fight for Property Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court fall term gets underway three days from now with a number of PLF cases on the docket that could set major precedents for individual property rights and the Constitution’s Separation of Powers. Here are the PLF cases going before the High Court next week, along with quick takes from E&E News […]

A housing dictatorship has come to Northern California

A housing dictatorship has come to Northern California

  By Richard Colman The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, states:  “No person shall. . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Apparently, the Constitution does not apply in Northern California (and perhaps elsewhere). In […]

Challenging unconstitutional “affordable housing” fees in California

Challenging unconstitutional “affordable housing” fees in California

 BY LARRY G. SALZMAN, SENIOR ATTORNEY  PLF filed its opening brief in the California Court of Appeals on behalf of Dart and Esther Cherk, the next stop in their halting saga to divide a vacant, 2.79-acre residentially zoned parcel of land into two developable lots in Marin County, California. The Cherks first filed an application with […]

Your Land is My Land

Your Land is My Land

. By Richard Colman When, in 2014, Vladimir Putin militarily grabbed Crimea and the eastern Ukraine for Russia, the seizure was an example of imperialism, the acquisition of inhabited territory by a foreign nation.  Something similar to imperialism is going on in California.  No military force is involved, but political force is.  Adolf Hitler seized the […]

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