201410.14
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WSAFCA TO COMMENCE TAKING HUNDREDS OF ACRES AND NUMEROUS HOMES FOR ITS LEVEE PROJECT

At its October 9, 2014 meeting, the West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (“WSAFCA”) adopted Resolution 14-10-01, which authorizes the General Manager to make offers and take “any and all actions that may be necessary” to acquire private property for the purposes of the Sacramento River Southport EIP Project (“the project”). The project is part…

201408.13
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RECENT APPELLATE COURT RULING PROVIDES GREEN LIGHT FOR CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL FUNDING PLAN

A panel of California appellate court judges recently upheld the California High Speed Rail Authority’s funding plan, unanimously authorizing State officials to sell $8.6 billion in bonds required to construct the train. Filed by Kings County farmers and residents, the lawsuit sought to stop the project on the basis that the funding program approved by…

201408.07
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THE CENTRAL VALLEY CONNECT PROJECT: PG&E PROPOSES NEW HIGH-VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION LINE IN WEST FRESNO COUNTY

In July 2014, PG&E released information regarding a proposed high-voltage transmission line in west Fresno County, referred to as the Central Valley Connect Project. The lines would be built on high poles or lattice towers. Although the route of the line is not yet selected, the project will require a series of takings to support…

201406.27
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SITES RESERVOIR PROJECT MAY RECEIVE NEW SUPPORT THROUGH PROPOSED BILL REQUIRING FEASIBILITY STUDY AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT BY JUNE 2015

On March 26, 2014, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA-03) and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01) introduced HR 4300, the Sacramento Valley Water Storage and Restoration Act of 2014. If passed, HR 4300 would authorize construction of the Sites Reservoir in Colusa County’s Antelope Valley. Garamendi and LaMalfa contend that passage of the bill would bring California closer to…

201404.07
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS JOIN FORCES TO ENCOURAGE RESTORATION OF FUNDING TO THE WILLIAMSON ACT PROGRAM

A bipartisan group consisting of nearly three dozen California legislators have initiated efforts to restore funding to the Williamson Act Program. Created in 1965, the Williamson Act authorizes county governments to enter into ten-year agreements with landowners who agree to restrict their land use to agricultural activities. Any land enrolled in the Williamson Act Program…

201403.21
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AB 1961: CALIFORNIA LAND USE AND PLANNING BILL WOULD REQUIRE COUNTIES TO ADOPT DETAILED PLANS TO ENSURE THE RETENTION OF LAND FOR AGRICULTURE

Co-sponsored by the American Farmland Trust, AB 1961 would require California counties to adopt detailed plans to retain land for farming and ranching. Introduced by Assembly Agriculture Chair Susan Talamantes Eggman and styled as the Sustainable Farmland Strategy Act, the bill is a response to the rapidly increasing rate at which California farmland is converted…

201403.03
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Sac County Board of Supes to Consider General Plan Amendments Concerning SouthEast Connector and Delta Protection Element

DNLC is informed that two General Plan amendments have been scheduled to be heard by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on March 11, 2014 at 2:15 p.m., in the Board Chambers, 700 H Street, Sacramento CA, 95814. The County indicates the proposed amendments relate to (1) the Capital SouthEast Connector, and (2) creation of…

201402.21
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California High Speed Rail Hits Another Roadblock?

Last week, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny heard arguments on whether the California High Speed Rail will actually be able to travel at the speed voters were originally promised when the project’s financing was approved. Judge Michael Kenny’s name should sound familiar, we previously reported that Judge Kenny issued a ruling halting the California…

201402.18
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Unique Use of Inverse Condemnation Results in Settlement of Merced Action for More than Twice the Amount of the Government’s Initial Offer

The government does not always approach the eminent domain process in a manner that seems fair to landowners.  The problem with government is not that it intends to injure, but that sometimes it becomes so absorbed in its own needs that it forgets those of landowners. Although the deck may often feel stacked in the…

201402.04
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CALTRANS ALLOCATES $138 MILLION FOR 32 PROJECTS

The California Transportation Commission (CalTrans) has released information on new funding for various infrastructure projects throughout the state.  CalTrans has allocated $138 million in new funding to 32 projects that is supposed to improve highways, bridges, and passenger rail service. The allocations include approximately $25 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters…