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Third District Foes Continue Sparring Over Eminent Domain and Other Issues

There were more than 100 foreclosure properties in the Redlands and Loma Linda zip code areas in the month of July 2012, according to records compiled by RealtyTrac.

Opponents in the campaign for Third District, which includes Redlands and Loma Linda, continued sparring this week over the use of eminent domain as a way to deal with underwater mortgages in San Bernardino County.

The county, the city of Ontario and the city of Fontana recently formed a Homeownership Protection Program joint powers authority to look at proposals to address this issue.

Incumbent Neil Derry says he is open to exploring whether eminent domain can be used to protect vulnerable homeowners.

Challenger James Ramos announced in August, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"third-district-foes-differ-on-eminent-domain"} --> he is opposed to its use by the county joint powers authority. As a leader of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians,

Scott Olson September 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
James Ramos is only about one thing, himself, and promoting the Casino on his reservation. We are all just stepping stones in his political ambitions, and quest to expand the Casino's operations.
Steve Manos September 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
If Supervisor Derry believes that the county's eminent domain proposal is unconstitutional, why would a man who takes the oath of office and swears to uphold the Constitution support an unconstitutional act for any reason?
Eric Shamp September 20, 2012 at 07:50 AM
I'm not in favor of using eminent domain for anything but the most dire situation... issues of grave and immediate national security or something of that scale. That said, at least Mr. Derry is open to a "Robin Hood" use of eminent domain, as opposed to Mr. Ramos' previous support of a... what's the opposite of Robin Hood, where you steal from the poor and give to the rich? Maybe call it a "Mitt Romney" approach. Either way, I find all this talk about eminent domain disturbing. It makes me want to lie down in front of bulldozers.
Charles Ferrell September 20, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Eminent Domain should only be used, and only in a last resort when all other forms of negotiations have failed, for a government agency to acquire land for PUBLIC projects such as freeway expansion, schools, utility plants, etc. It should never be used in order to take land from one private landowner only to turn it over or, worse, sell at a profit to the public agency, to another private landowner to "develop," even if it is to develop into sales tax generating businesses. I have heard too many stories of farmers having their land "acquired" by a government agency at "fair market value" of farm land, then sold to a developer who turns the land into a retail shopping or industrial area and making a massive profit. If the developer can't work out a deal with the farmer or owner of vacant land to give a real "fair market value" price -- which means what the land will be worth once it is developed -- then the developer needs to look for land in some other place. This is big govenment stuff and as a conservative I am strongly opposed to it.
Keith Jensen December 08, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Even in Fort Lee, NJ our Mayor and Council are pushing out business owners for developers. Here, our town's leadership decided to purchase a $2Million piece of land to allow a major developement company to better occupy the land for a mixed use project. Now our taxes increase because our town decided to buy a bank which occupies the land and to turn it into a park for the developer to use as an entry to their site. Why isn't the developer buying this bank? Why are the taxpayers de-facto property investors? Your article here is so similar to our situation. Please comment if you see the similarities: http://fortlee.patch.com/articles/fort-lee-to-acquire-main-street-property-for-2m-to-build-park

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