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ABOUT THE CANCELED CITY COUNCIL DEBATE

Posted by xaviervir on September 8, 2010

ANNABEL PETERSON RESPONSE:

In response to Sunday’s article in the West County Times on the canceling of the debate:

One week was not sufficient notice for me to prepare for all of the serious issues that our city faces.  These are some of the important problems we need to address:

  • Eminent domain – the continued monitoring and redirection of our redevelopment agency
  • Crime – prevention and law enforcement
  • Establishing a moratorium on the construction of new rental housing within San Pablo
  • Removing unsound ideas from the general plan such as
    1. Commercial market support through population growth
    2. Public trails through private property
    3. Permitted uses
  • School performance
  • Unnecessary city expenditures
  • San Pablo employee salaries, pensions, residence

Additionally, I would like to add to the information provided about our states’ constitutional amendment regarding eminent domain:

While the amendment prohibits local governments from taking private property, it also provides an exception.  The exception is as follows:

“d) Subdivision (b) of this section does not apply when State or

local government exercises the power of eminent domain for the

purpose of acquiring private property for a public work or

improvement.”

See

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE 1  DECLARATION OF RIGHTS

Section 19.

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/.const/.article_1

The contract the City of San Pablo offers to home owners as protection contains the same exception as the state amendment.  The City of San Pablo has multiple public work improvements in progress and proposed for the future.  Two significant plans that impact home owners are the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan and 23rd Street Specific Plan.

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