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PROPERTY RIGHTS GROUPS CALLS IT QUITS Over 15 years ago, and soon before the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo v. New London decision, the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights was formed to protect a Yolo County ranch from being forcibly seized by eminent domain – and we prevailed. The Alliance grew from a group of concerned citizens to the state’s leading grassroots private property rights organization, protecting the vulnerable from unscrupulous developers who used their political influence to persuade politicians to help them forcibly acquire homes and small businesses on the cheap by eminent domain – and all too often for luxury hotels and golf courses, and strip malls. We are proud of our accomplishments and we believe Californians have benefited from our services. California was once considered to be among the biggest abusers of private property rights in the country. It was a well-deserving reputation. Our organization provided citizens the tools to fight back and we publicly shamed politicians by bringing eminent domain abuse to the attention of the press, often when so-called community leaders demonstrated either indifference or the unwillingness to challenge authority. The Alliance was also a sponsor of Proposition 98, a statewide ballot measure that intended to stop eminent domain abuse and we were vocal supporters of the State Legislature’s decision to abolish local redevelopment agencies (RDA), relatively unknown local public agencies that used eminent domain and over $5 billion dollars in taxpayer money for dubious development projects, many of which failed. After the State Legislature and Governor abolished RDAs, the number of eminent domain abuse cases declined significantly and today, this power is largely limited to public projects. The public’s distain for this police power has never been greater. It has become so closely associated with public corruption, corporate welfare and wasteful spending that few politicians will utter the words. As a consequence, the Alliance is shuttering its doors, figuratively speaking. As we had fewer and fewer battles to wage, it became evident that we achieve what we sought to do – expose a corruptive power so that private property could once again be safe. Will eminent domain abuse return? Absolutely! The redevelopment lobby may have experienced a setback, but they are still thriving and their campaign dollars will certainly persuade future legislators to return California to its darkest days. While the Alliance’s time has come and gone, we are pleased that the Institute for Justice and the Pacific Legal Foundation will continue the fight. To all our friends and supporters, we enjoyed being part of this noble cause. Thank you for sharing our journey.