Sometimes it's hard to imagine 20 years down the road. Will the Back Bay be dredged? The Great Park built?
In three decades the city of Newport Beach foresees gridlock, especially at the intersection of Jamboree Road and the 73 Freeway. City leaders envision so many red taillights that they want to widen the road there.
But to do that, they must build on private property. Karen Dabby and her husband, Frank, own some of that property, and they're not buying the city's argument. Or selling, as it were.
"We feel their offer was ridiculous," Dabby said of the city's $452,000 offer for the 0.13 acres of land the couple own on the edge of a shopping center. The city needs the piece of land to complete its widening of the Jamboree Road bridge across the Corona del Mar (73) Freeway, according to a city report.
The Newport Beach City Council is anticipated to give final approval Tuesday for its attorney to begin eminent domain proceedings against the couple and their shopping center. The action brings up the question of when the city is justified in seizing land and when should a property owner resist.