Posts Tagged ‘private property rights’


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EPAttacks Property Rights


Thursday June 1st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:49am PDT   •   0 Comments

In 2012, John Duarte was plowing his wheat field in Tehama County, California, when a government inspector accused him of “deep ripping” the land and violating the Clean Water Act, which declares seasonal “vernal pools” to be “wetlands.” So according to the government, Duarte needed a permit to farm his land, but the farmer,…
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Fire the Coastal Commission, Not Just the Boss


Monday January 25th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:24am PST   •   1 Comment

As Tony Barboza notes in the Los Angeles Times, the California Coastal Commission is “the most powerful land-use agency in the nation” and some of the 12 commissioners want to fire the boss, Charles Lester. This action should serve as a timely reminder for Californians of the abuse they face at the hands of…
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Coastal Commission Carries On Fine Tradition of Bad Government


Wednesday July 16th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:01am PDT   •   3 Comments

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) is an unelected body that overrides the elected governments of coastal counties and cities on land use and property rights issues. The Commission wields enormous clout, but for more than 30 years it has lobbied for the power to levy fines directly, instead of going through the courts. As…
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Walter Williams on a Constitutional Spending Amendment


Monday January 24th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 11:09am PST   •   2 Comments

In a characteristically informed and appropriately scathing attack on the welfare state, Walter Williams asserts a cautiously optimistic view of the recent trend in political discourse as it has become more popular to call for limits on the arbitrary powers of the state. “For the first time in my lifetime—and I’m approaching 75 years…
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