NCT story by Adam Kaye Link
Mr. and Mrs. Garner of Olivenhain are going to lose a chunk of their personal private property for a road widening.
Expanding roads and infrastructure is the "good" kind of eminent domain right?
But first we must think, why does this road need to be widened?
It is so the new residents of the sprawling insta-town of San Elijo Hills can better access Target and Barnes&Noble and Stater Bros. all part of the Ecke Ranch shopping center.
This is an example of backdoor loss of property to another private party. Technically the city is taking your land, but it is the for the benefit of another private party. This is exactly what happened to the people who lived on Leucadia Blvd. They lost their homes for the benefit of the same Ecke shopping center.
Remember at the city council meeting about Jerome Stocks' then proposed anti-eminent domain ordinance that a lady lawyer got up and spoke about the need for eminent domain in Olivenhain specifically? Coincidence?