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California Eminent Domain Law Group’s A.J. Hazarabedian Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers, 2/17/10

Press Release

A.J. Hazarabedian, Managing Partner of California Eminent Domain Law Group, APC, has been named a Super Lawyer of Southern California.

Glendale, CA — February 17, 2010 — California Eminent Domain Law Group, APC is pleased to announce that A.J. Hazarabedian has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of eminent domain by Super Lawyers Magazine.

The Super Lawyers’ website explains, “Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.”

Mr. Hazarabedian is the founder of California Eminent Domain Law Group, APC and is the firm’s most experienced eminent domain trial attorney.  The vast majority of his over twenty years of experience has been almost exclusively in eminent domain, inverse condemnation and appellate litigation.

Mr. Hazarabedian has been a speaker at local, national and international legal conferences on the subject of eminent domain, including the American Bar Association and International Right of Way Association’s annual meeting.  He has been interviewed on the topic of eminent domain on both regional and national news broadcasts, including on CNN Headline News and Fox News Channel.

In addition to this new honor of being selected as a Super Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Mr. Hazarabedian as an AV® Rated attorney, the highest ranking available to any individual lawyer.

To learn more about A.J. Hazarabedian, please visit http://caledlaw.com/aboutAJH.php.

About California Eminent Domain Law Group, APC

California Eminent Domain Law Group, APC is a boutique eminent domain law firm serving all of California from offices in the Los Angeles area.  The firm has received an AV® rating for legal and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell.  The attorneys at California Eminent Domain Law Group are California’s premier eminent domain lawyers, with extensive experience in all facets of eminent domain law.  For more information, visit www.caledlaw.com.

Eminent Domain in a Small Town: Lemon Grove, CA, 2/12/10

By A.J. Hazarabedian

We reported on this project back in November and have since found another news article, providing updated information on the situation in Lemon Grove.

Property owners are not taking property acquisition lightly in Lemon Grove.  Businessman Salvatore D’Anna plans to fight the city, according to an article in the San Diego Reader entitled, “Sour Situation in Lemon Grove.”  The situation is that the city is planning a highway realignment which, as planned, requires D’Anna’s commercial property, as well as the neighboring businesses within the small strip mall.  The article explains, if the city wins the fight, “the multimillion-dollar project to realign the Lemon Grove Avenue exit ramp from highway 94 is on and an initiative to redevelop and improve the look of downtown Lemon Grove is one step closer.”

Mr. D’Anna believes “city officials are using the highway realignment project as a ruse to seize the properties” and that the project would make traffic worse.

Things aren’t looking too good for the affected property owners, however, as the article mentions they were served with a Motion for Order of Possession by the Lemon Grove Development Agency.  The hearing is scheduled for March 19, 2010 at the county courthouse in El Cajon.  Mr. D’Anna will be heard in an attempt to “quash the city’s request to seize any properties.”  We’ll stay tuned.

Eminent Domain Will Commence in Tulare County, 2/3/10

By A.J. Hazarabedian

As a follow up to our last post, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors have decided to commence eminent domain proceedings against one of four property owners for the Road 108 widening project.

Jenna Chandler of the Porterville Recorder wrote, “they voted to acquire a 42 by 960 feet piece of William C. Hahesy’s land unanimously, continued two of the decisions to next week and the third was settled with landowners before the meeting started,” in her article, Supervisors push forward on Road 108 project.”

At this stage, “commencing eminent domain proceedings” means that the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution of necessity to acquire the property by eminent domain.  A “resolution of necessity” is the government agency’s formal decision to acquire property by eminent domain and is the last step they must take prior to filing an eminent domain action.

In the article, Britt Fussel, an assistant director with the Resource Management Agency, explained, “even though we are pursuing resolutions of necessity…staff still wants to meet with property owners to negotiate purchase prices before ending up in court.”

The article also mentions that two of the other properties, which were to be discussed, were postponed until another public hearing as the county and landowners needed more time to negotiate.

Tulare County to Decide on Eminent Domain, 2/1/10

By A.J. Hazarabedian

At Tuesday’s Tulare County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board will decide whether or not to begin eminent domain proceedings to acquire four parcels for the widening of Road 108.

As reported in the Visalia Times-Delta article, Eminent domain on county board’s agenda,” funding for the project was approved in Spring 2009.  The county needs to move quickly because the funding came from the federal stimulus which requires the projects be “shovel ready” and also requires that the money be used within a certain period of time.

The affected homeowners are mostly farmers and are upset with the quick timeline and feel “the county isn’t offering enough money to stem losses from lost product, moving fences or taking out equipment.”

The county is also working on another project along Road 80 and it seems they are experiencing similar problems as the widening of Road 108.  The article mentions that city officials began eminent domain proceedings in September to acquire 14 parcels along Road 80 as negotiations with property owners were unsuccessful.  Now, the article says, “a breakdown in negotiations on both projects has the county moving toward a court order that would allow it to move forward with the eminent domain process on the property owners who haven’t signed agreements with the agency.”

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2 at 9am.

Imperial Beach Begins Eminent Domain Process, 2/1/10

By A.J. Hazarabedian

The city of Imperial Beach has decided to initiate eminent domain proceedings in order to acquire two businesses in a run-down shopping center on Palm Avenue.

The businesses, Wylde Sydes and Inner Visions are owned by James Sides and Deborah Sides, respectively.  According to the San Diego Union Tribune article, 2 shopping center tenants won’t budge,” the city offered a combined amount of $63,357 which “included the value of relocating both shops and their fixtures and equipment costs.”  The owners, however, were not satisfied with the city’s offer and have submitted a counter offer of $1.4 million.

Being that a settlement through simple negotiations appears unlikely; the city has decided to proceed with eminent domain.

The city has already taken some action, adopting a resolution of necessity at last month’s council meeting.

The plan is to redevelop the run-down Miracle Mile Shopping Center on Palm and Ninth Street.  The city has entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Sudberry Development who has “proposed a drugstore, grocery store and three smaller shops at the site.”

According to the article, besides Wylde Sydes and Inner Visions, four small shops in the center have relocated, one plans to close, and “the city is confident it can work out a deal” with the eight remaining stores.

COPYRIGHT © 2010 Arthur J. Hazarabedian, Esq.