The California Coastal Commission, created a generation ago by Jerry Brown acts like organized crime–either pay their extortion or they will financially break you.
“For the second time, a California Superior Court judge has held that the California Coastal Commission violated the constitutional rights of property owners Dan and Denise Sterling by imposing an unlawful permit condition on their application to build one home on 143 acres of land in San Mateo County, California.
The court specifically ruled that the Commission had acted unlawfully, and violated the Takings Clause of the United States Constitution, in demanding that the Sterlings record an open space deed restriction on all their property outside their single family home building site—about 140 acres—in order to acquire a permit for the home.
This is the second oppressive condition the CCC has tried to force on the Sterlings and the second condition the Court has struck down. Originally, the Commission demanded that the Sterlings dedicate an affirmative agricultural easement as a permit condition. This condition would have required the Sterlings to actively farm or agriculturally use 142 acres of their land—forever—in order to build one home on a 10, 000 square foot site. The Court held this easement condition was “flat out unconstitutional.” It sent the case back to the Commission so it could reconsider the Sterlings’ application.”
I have a friend who was forced to spend a half million dollars to buy the neighboring property to provide “parking” for the home he wished to build. The “parking lot” is all hillside–only a mountain goat could park on the property–that was the blackmail he had to pay to build a home–two miles or more from the ocean.
Why is California in a Depression? Jerry Brown and his extortionist Coastal Commission.
Stephen Frank’s California Political News and Views
July 28, 2011, 12:10 AM