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By William Lobdell | February 21, 2011
" The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'" — President Ronald Reagan I imagine Ronald Reagan would have had a chuckle over the government fumbling in Newport Beach over erecting a statue of him, the 40th president of the United States. Here's hoping the City Council puts the controversy out of its misery Tuesday night by suggesting that any Reagan tribute — which has proven to be wildly divisive even more than two decades after he left office — should be a function of the private sector, including its placement on private property.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | June 19, 2010
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.
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By Kathleen Stinson | March 24, 2006
The Newport Beach City Council may soon join other local governments across the country and limit the power of eminent domain to take private property for commercial development. Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry said Wednesday that he will introduce an ordinance to prohibit the use of eminent domain for the purpose of taking private property and transferring it to another private property owner. He plans to pattern the ordinance after proposed Measure A ? drafted by Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby ?
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By Tom Harman | May 14, 2008
John Locke’s Second Treatise on government established the philosophical foundation for much of the American system of government — and brought forth the idea of “natural rights,” such as life, liberty and the right to own property. The wording of the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution can be traced directly to the teachings of Locke. While many Americans are familiar with the 5th Amendment for granting them protections against self-incrimination, the 5th Amendment contains an even more important statement of individual rights.
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May 15, 2008
Gov. Schwarzenegger recently argued Prop. 98 would hurt public works projects by restricting the government’s eminent domain authority. It would phase out rent control and make it harder for the government to force the sale of private property when it’s deemed in the public’s best interest. Where do you stand on Prop. 98, and why?   In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities had the right to use eminent domain to take land from a private property owner and transfer it to private developers under the guise that developing the land would be a “public benefit.
NEWS
November 30, 2007
State Sen. Tom Harman held an open meeting with constituents Thursday, but a low turnout prompted him to duck out early. One questioner, Jean Stirling-Stevens of the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League, aired her concerns about the impact of eminent domain on mobile homes. California is one of a few states to not respond to Keno vs. City of New London, a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court Decision that held private property may be appropriated and transferred to another party, should it provide demonstrable public benefit.
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May 9, 2013
Newport Beach officials told some Santa Ana Heights residents to hold their horses Thursday, after mistakenly sending out notices indicating that they might need a permit to house equine friends on their property. About 300 residents who received the notices this week can disregard them, city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan wrote in an email. She added that the notices were the result of a slip-up - the city wasn't trying to make hay of anyone's animals. "We made a mistake," she wrote.
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April 14, 2001
Mathis Winkler CORONA DEL MAR -- What good is a policy if there's no way to enforce it? That's a question Edward Selich, the chair of the city's planning commission, raised last September when he and his colleagues reviewed plans for two new homes on the bluffs in Corona del Mar. The Breakers Drive residents wanted to build their houses taller than allowed and had to get permission from the commissioners....
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May 13, 2003
June Casagrande The strength of the pro-drinking, pro-partying political contingent is that there's never a shortage of people who want the government to keep its hands off their efforts to have a good time. But their weakness is that sometimes having a good time today is a higher priority than fighting for the right to have fun tomorrow. Tonight's City Council meeting will be a case in point as members of FreeNewport.com rally supporters to come out to the meeting right in the middle of a Laker game.
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February 4, 2010
In no way does this city ordinance unfairly target day laborers (“Police sweep spurs lawsuit,” Feb. 3). First, if you are here illegally, you don’t have rights that Americans have fought for because residing and working in the United States illegally is illegal, and you are no longer protected by the 1st Amendment. To say that they are is just preposterous. Second, the argument about sign holders — i.e. schoolchildren holding car wash signs, raising money for school, or business sign twirlers — really has nothing to do with this because they have been given the consent of the property owner, so they are allowed to be there.
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By Bradley Zint | August 22, 2013
The Orange County Fair Board on Thursday directed its management to contact a state senator to see whether the fairgrounds can be excluded in his legislation to change the operation and funding of state-owned fairgrounds. Senate Bill 741, whose lead author is Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Salinas), passed the Senate and is now making its way through the Assembly. The Fair Board asked Chief Executive Doug Lofstrom to inquire whether the O.C. property - officially the 32nd District Agricultural Assn.
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By Bradley Zint | June 21, 2013
The chief executive of a property management company for several residences near the site where a Costa Mesa teen crashed his car, leading to fatal injuries, has personally apologized to the teen's family after they were forced to remove a memorial built for him. Cary Treff, head of Keystone Pacific Property Management, also told Luis Adrian Torres' family that they can bring the memorial back. It had been set up along Susan Street near Sunflower Avenue in a privately owned median that Treff's Irvine-based company manages for the adjacent residential community, Providence Park.
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May 9, 2013
Newport Beach officials told some Santa Ana Heights residents to hold their horses Thursday, after mistakenly sending out notices indicating that they might need a permit to house equine friends on their property. About 300 residents who received the notices this week can disregard them, city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan wrote in an email. She added that the notices were the result of a slip-up - the city wasn't trying to make hay of anyone's animals. "We made a mistake," she wrote.
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By Lauren Williams | June 15, 2012
A private island community in Newport Harbor will retain control of a bridge that connects it to the Balboa Peninsula, an appellate court ruled Thursday. The Bay Island Club, an association of 24 homes that owns Bay Island, sought the California Coastal Commission's approval in 2006 to replace its private foot path with one that would be wider, meet seismic standards and have accessibility requirements that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the time, the commission argued that the association could rebuild the 130-foot-long bridge, providing it be made public because it would span a city-owned canal.
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By Joseph Serna | June 12, 2012
A woman is considering suing the city of Costa Mesa after she was arrested outside of Mother's Market & Kitchen last week while collecting signatures for a medical marijuana referendum. Attorney Orly Taitz contends that her client, Deborah Tharp, 39, of Irvine was illegally arrested on the sidewalk just outside the grocery store's entrance. Tharp had been asking customers if they wanted to sign a petition to get a medical marijuana initiative on November's ballot. "This was just intimidation and harassment of a journalist there to gather petitions," Taitz said.
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By William Lobdell | February 21, 2011
" The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'" — President Ronald Reagan I imagine Ronald Reagan would have had a chuckle over the government fumbling in Newport Beach over erecting a statue of him, the 40th president of the United States. Here's hoping the City Council puts the controversy out of its misery Tuesday night by suggesting that any Reagan tribute — which has proven to be wildly divisive even more than two decades after he left office — should be a function of the private sector, including its placement on private property.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | February 3, 2011
An Orange County judge ruled against the residents of a private island in Newport Bay in their fight to keep their footbridge from being opened to the public. The Bay Island Club, an association of 24 homeowners, had sued the California Coastal Commission after the commission ordered the association to make the bridge to the island accessible to everyone. One of the commission's charges is to expand the public's access to the coast. Superior Court Judge Tam Nomoto rejected most aspects of the residents' case late last year, and the ruling was announced in January.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | June 19, 2010
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.
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By Sarah Peters | May 25, 2010
For nearly 10 years, George and Sharlee McNamee have waged a legal battle against the state on their very own turf. Now, it appears that the Corona del Mar couple has finally lost the case against the California Coastal Commission, which pitted questions about rights of private property owners versus the public's right to beach access. Last week, the California Supreme Court turned down the McNamees' petition to review a lower court's decision in the drawn-out dispute over a picnic area owned by them next to Corona del Mar State Beach.
NEWS
March 8, 2010
Thank you for helping publicize the outrageous actions of the “run amok” California Coastal Commission (“Property owners fight for picnic spot,” Feb. 19; “Court rules to remove picnic spot,” March 4). We commend your publication for covering the terrible abuse of power by the commission concerning the McNamees’ beach property. American freedom is threatened by unelected agencies such as this that extend power and authority far beyond the purpose originally intended by California voters.
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