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Calleguas Water District Considers Eminent Domain for Pipeline Project, 6/22/11

By A.J. Hazarabedian

The Calleguas Water District is considering using eminent domain to acquire an easement on two properties in Camarillo.  The easements are needed for a pipeline project which, according to the Ventura County Star article, will help bring much needed water to Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo.

The article, “Water district may invoke eminent domain on Lewis Road to finish pipeline,” quotes Eric Bergh, resources manager for the District, who says they have been having a hard time finding the legal owner of one of the properties and negotiations have “stalled” with the other property owner.

The article indicates that if the District continues to have trouble negotiating an agreement by the end of the month, they will consider adopting a Resolution of Necessity.  As discussed in our California Eminent Domain Handbook, a Resolution of Necessity is the government agency’s formal decision to acquire property by eminent domain.  As touched on in the article by Susan Mulligan, a Director at the District, the Calleguas Water District will have to find that the pipeline project is necessary, that the property they seek to acquire for the project is necessary, that the project is located in such a way as to offer the greatest public benefit with the lease private detriment, and that an offer to purchase the property has been made (or the offer was not made because the owner could not be located after a diligent search).

The District will consider adopting a Resolution of Necessity at their July 5, 2011 meeting if an agreement is not made before then.

Two California Eminent Domain Law Group Partners Named Rising Stars by Southern California Super Lawyers

Press Release

Partners Glenn Block and Artin Shaverdian of California Eminent Domain Law Group, APC have been named 2011 Rising Stars

Glendale, CA – June 21, 2011 – California Eminent Domain Law Group, APC is pleased to announce that two of their Partners, Glenn Block and Artin Shaverdian, were named to the 2011 Rising Stars list in the field of eminent domain by Super Lawyers magazine.

Rising Stars names the state’s top up and coming attorneys who are under the age of 40 or who have been practicing for less than 10 years.

According to the Super Lawyers’ website, “No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.”  Candidates are nominated by other lawyers who “have personally observed [them] in action – whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through firsthand courtroom observation.”

Only three lawyers in all of Southern California were named to this list in the field of eminent domain.  Glenn and Artin comprised two of those three.

Glenn Block has been practicing eminent domain for over 14 years and has been with California Eminent Domain Law Group since 2005.

Artin Shaverdian has also been practicing eminent domain law exclusively throughout his over 8 year legal career and has been with California Eminent Domain Law Group since it’s inception in 2005.

To learn more about Glenn Block and Artin Shaverdian, please visit our website at www.caledlaw.com.

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.

COPYRIGHT © 2010 Arthur J. Hazarabedian, Esq.