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Credit Union Gets More Time to Prevent Eminent Domain, 7/29/10

By A.J. Hazarabedian

Pacific Oaks Federal Credit Union will have more time to negotiate with the owner of Carriage Square shopping center in the city of Oxnard, in an attempt to prevent the city from having to proceed with eminent domain.

The Ventura County Star reported in their article, Oxnard gives credit union time to avoid eminent domain,” that the property owner, Upside Oxnard LLC, and the credit union will spend this time trying to reach an agreement.

The problem involves the potential relocation of the credit union.  The property owner, who is also the developer, plans to bring a Lowe’s store to the center, which would require the credit union to move out.  Per the article, the credit union believes their customers will be inconvenienced and that a new location will mean higher rent for less space.

Pacific Oaks Federal Credit Union is hoping to stay in the center as part of the new development.  However, Upside Oxnard LLC plans to demolish most of the older buildings which includes the credit union’s space.

The two parties have less than a week to come up with a mutually agreeable solution, as the City Council is prepared to hold a special meeting Tuesday, August 3rd.

Eminent Domain Comes Up Again in Barstow, 7/27/10

By A.J. Hazarabedian

Residents in Barstow are looking for answers surrounding the topic of eminent domain and how it may affect their homes and local churches.

The Desert Dispatch reported Sunday that residents felt they did not get enough information at the April 28th public meeting and that Barstow “city staff will attempt another public meeting in the Riverside Drive area to inform residents about eminent domain…before they bring the issue back to the City Council for a vote.”

The article, “City to attempt second eminent domain meeting Wednesday,” discusses the residents’ fears of losing their homes to the city.  However, Richard Rowe, City Manager, assures residents their homes and churches will not be affected.

The Barstow Redevelopment Agency hopes to renew their eminent domain powers for “the area encompassing the outlet malls, the area south of Rimrock Road between Barstow Road and Montara Road and the area west of Avenue L on West Main Street,” as well as “the area between Interstate 15 and 40 near Walmart.”

Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the city’s plans at the public meeting to be held at 6pm on July 28, 2010 at the Barstow Church of God in Christ.

COPYRIGHT © 2010 Arthur J. Hazarabedian, Esq.