Eminent Domain Weekly Round-Up
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Last week, we sent out a blog post with a number of quick updates on right-of-way-related issues making headlines across California.  Rick thought it would be a cool idea if we made this type of post a weekly habit, so here it goes (and, if it doesn't work or happen every week, obviously blame Rick):

  • City of Visalia Can't Negotiate With Property Owner:  Here's an interesting story.  According to an article in the Visalia-Delta Times, "Visalia moves to take land near St. Johns," the City of Visalia is using eminent domain to acquire property necessary for a walking trail.  So what makes the story interesting?  The property is apparently owned by a governmental agency -- the Tulare County Levee District One -- whose managing agency has been inactive since 2005.  As a result, the City has no one to negotiate with to acquire the property, and therefore intends to serve the condemnation complaint by publication and thereafter acquire the property by default judgment.
  • ALI-ABA Conference This Weekend:  For those of you who are eminent domain practitioners, just a reminder that the ALI-ABA Annual Eminent Domain Conference will be taking place this Thursday through Saturday in San Diego.  I know my colleague Rick Rayl will be attending, and our friend Robert Thomas from Hawaii will also be presenting.  Check out his blog, www.inversecondemnation.com, for more details on the conference.
  • Updated Appraisal Institute Book for Appraising Convenience Stores:  For our appraiser friends, just a quick note that the Appraisal Institute has finalized its second edition of the treatise, Convenience Stores and Retail Fuel Properties: Essential Appraisal Issues.  There's a significant focus on gas station properties, so if you have or anticipate assignments involving these issues, be sure to grab yourself a copy from the Appraisal Institute

If you like this type of weekly, short-story update, let us know.  We'll continue to provide more substantive posts on important topics, but if this type of update seems to go over well, stay tuned for similar weekly updates.

Eminent Domain Report is a one-stop resource for everything new and noteworthy in eminent domain. We cover all aspects of eminent domain, including condemnation, inverse condemnation and regulatory takings. We also keep track of current cases, project announcements, budget issues, legislative reform efforts and report on all major eminent domain conferences and seminars in the United States.

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