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California Eminent Domain Law Group’s Glenn Block to Speak at IRWA Chapter 1 Seminar

Glenn Block, Partner at California Eminent Domain Law Group, APC, to speak at IRWA Chapter 1 Right of Way and the Law Seminar on June 22, 2010

Glendale, CA – May 27,2010 – California Eminent Domain Law Group, APC is pleased to announce that Glenn Block will be presenting at this year’s IRWA Chapter 1 Right of Way and the Law Seminar, “Right of Way Legal Issues in a New Era.”

The seminar is held by the International Right of Way Association each year at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA.  This year’s seminar will be June 22, 2010.  Glenn will be presenting “Partial Takings – A Case Study of a Cooperative Resolution.”

Glenn Block has concentrated his law practice solely in eminent domain for more than 13 years.  A successful trial lawyer, he represents both business and property owners in direct and inverse condemnation litigation and has recovered over $100 million on their behalf.  He also represents public agencies in acquiring property for public use.

Mr. Block is licensed to practice law in California and New York and is a member of various bar associations.  He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from San Francisco State University and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

To learn more about Glenn Block, please visit http://caledlaw.com/aboutGB.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 – the highest possible 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 Not an Option in San Pablo, 5/5/10

By A.J. Hazarabedian

We posted an article in March about San Pablo and the city council’s hope to reinstate the power of eminent domain for 12 years.

In yesterday’s Mercury News there was a new article discussing the results of a recent city council meeting, where the San Pablo city council voted against “a series of ordinances and resolutions to amend redevelopment plans covering more than 90 percent of the city.”  Among those ordinances was one to restore the city’s power of eminent domain for 12 years.  The article, “San Pablo dumps eminent domain plans,” recounts the four month long public debate where residents argued against everything from blight surveys to power point presentations glorifying the accomplishments of past redevelopment projects.

The residents would not budge, and even threatened a recall.  Per the article, residents were feeling betrayed by the city, calling eminent domain, “a cruel and brutal tool and accused the city of a secret agenda to kill working-class people’s American dream of homeownership to accommodate out-of-town developers’ vision of a gentrified San Pablo.”

At this point, residents can have some comfort in knowing that their efforts paid off (at least for now).

Eminent Domain Matter Settled in Lake Forest, 5/5/10

By A.J. Hazarabedian

In November of last year, we posted an article about a land swap deal in Lake Forest.  This week, the Orange County Register is reporting that the, “eminent domain tug-of-war between a Rancho Santa Margarita family and the city of Lake Forest over a 6-acre parcel of land has been settled.”

The article, “Settlement sets stage for land swap, sports park,” explains that Vince Hernandez, the landowner, will receive $1.35 million for his property; about half of what he had wanted, yet almost double the city’s original offer.  This property will now be part of a land swap between the city of Lake Forest and the County of Orange.  As part of the deal, “the city will receive 38 acres northwest of Portola Parkway and El Toro Road where it plans to build a sports park and recreation center.”  The sports park played a role in the Hernandez family’s decision to settle.  Per the article, Vince Hernandez is a local Pop Warner and Little League coach and liked the idea of how the city would benefit from the park.

The $39 million park could have a construction start date as early as late 2010.

COPYRIGHT © 2010 Arthur J. Hazarabedian, Esq.