Is eminent domain fair to landowners?
In December, I got a mailing from the Sempervirens Fund asking for donations for the 125,000-acre Great Park to link up and protect the redwood forests from Silicon Valley to the Pacific Ocean. Linked to the Great Park is a possible expansion of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
Since the 1900s, my husband’s family has had property within this area that we cherish as part of our legacy. I am part of a group of approximately 250 people who own 60 parcels of land, of which Sempervirens currently owns two parcels. Our area is a prime acquisition target because of Waddell Creek and Big Basin’s trail to the ocean, even though the redwoods are second or third growth, not old growth.