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  • Maryland Bill Seeks to Drive Out Airbnb, Other Hotel Competition

    03/22/2018 12:31:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 21, 2018 | Romina Boccia and Lauren Bowman
    Over the last decade, short-term rental platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO have expanded and provided an economic boom to many communities. Yet several localities are pursuing onerous zoning rules and other regulations that would restrict short-term rental activity. For many homeowners, short-term rental provides a critical source of additional income to help them pay their mortgages and to meet other financial obligations. States can protect their residents from overzealous, local bureaucrats with state pre-emption. Short-term rental helps local communities by growing the number of tourists that visit the area. A recent study published by the National Bureau of Economic...
  • Playboy Mansion to get protected status under deal with city

    03/08/2018 7:44:40 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 3/8/2018 | unknown
    The new owner of the Playboy Mansion has agreed to maintain the facade in its original condition under an agreement with the city of Los Angeles. Daren Metropoulos entered into a permanent protection covenant for the 5-acre (2-hectare) property he bought for $100 million. He agreed to not demolish the 20,000-square-foot (1858-sq. meter) main residence as he proceeds with plans to connect the mansion and its grounds to his 2-acre plot next door. The deal, announced Tuesday by Councilman Paul Koretz, will remain in effect for future owners. City News Service says the designation stops short of giving the building...
  • With Supreme Court challenge, tech billionairecould dismantle beach access rights...

    03/06/2018 12:45:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The California Coastal Act for decades has... declared that access to the beach was a fundamental right guaranteed to everyone. But that very principle could be dismantled in the latest chapter of an all-out legal battle that began as a local dispute over a locked gate. ... Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, bought the 89-acre property south of Half Moon Bay for $32.5 million. ... A number of public interest groups have since sued Khosla. He, in turn, has sued the California Coastal Commission, the State Lands Commission and San Mateo County, over what he considered an interference of...
  • Told their treehouse must go, owners appeal to Supreme Court

    01/06/2018 9:24:25 AM PST · by plain talk · 108 replies
    abcnews ^ | 1/6/2018 | Jessica Gresko
    Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen built a Florida beachfront treehouse that would be the envy of any child. It's got two levels, hammocks and windows looking out on the Gulf of Mexico. But the hangout has cost the couple a handsome sum: about $30,000 to construct and probably five times that in legal fees as they've fought local authorities over it, Tran said. Now, they're at their last stop, the Supreme Court. Unless the high court intervenes, the treehouse must be torn down. Soon, however, the city got an anonymous complaint about the treehouse. After an investigation, the city found...
  • Sign cautions drivers 'entering dictatorial Windsor Township'

    06/05/2017 4:19:57 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    The York Dispatch ^ | 5 June A.D. 2017 | David Weissman
    Barred from placing a billboard on his property, one Windsor Township property owner decided to warn others of the township's "dictatorial" ways. A truck displaying a sign that reads "Caution Entering Dictatorial Windsor Township" first appeared Saturday parked in a lot at the corner of East Prospect and Cape Horn roads. A dictatorship is a form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a single person, known as a dictator. The truck is owned by J&K Salvage, which offers customers the ability to rent out its trucks as a form of mobile advertising. This particular truck was rented...
  • Landmark Federal Court Ruling Opens The Way For Mega-Mosques Across America

    01/04/2017 3:08:54 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 34 replies
    http://shoebat.com ^ | 01/04/2017 | Andrew Bieszad
    full title:. Landmark Federal Court Ruling Opens The Way For Explosion Of Constructing Mega-Mosques Across America I have been warning repeatedly that Islamization in America will not happen through any sort of military action, but it will come through the courts, that the biggest danger America faces is not from guns and terrorists, but lawyers in well-pressed suits and activist judges. In another case which illustrates my point, a court in New Jersey has made what is being called a “landmark” ruling against a small town which said that Muslims were discriminated against by being required to have more parking...
  • Sixth Circuit Court: Police Can Shoot Dogs For Nothing More Than Barking

    12/22/2016 7:59:39 PM PST · by Elderberry · 89 replies
    reason.com ^ | 12/22/2016 | C.J. Ciaramella
    When is it constitutional for a police officer to shoot a dog during a raid? Any time it moves or barks, according to a federal appeals court. In a ruling released Monday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found Battle Creek, Mich. police officers were justified in shooting two pit bulls while executing a search warrant for drugs on the home of Mark and Cheryl Brown in 2013. The Brown's sued the police department in 2015, arguing the killing of their dogs violated their constitutional rights. The ruling creates a similar legal standard in the Sixth Circuitwhich includes Michigan, Ohio,...
  • Farmers: New proposed law in Town of Sweden (NY) could cripple our businesses

    12/06/2016 10:40:07 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 23 replies
    whec TV 10 ^ | November 23, 2016 | Brianna DiPilato
    Local farmers say a new proposed law in the Town of Sweden could cripple their businesses and potentially their livelihood. Best known for their U-Pick Pumpkin Patch and October events, McCracken Farms draws in people from all over the state every year. Now, the farm's owner, Paul McCracken tells us it might be more difficult to bring in all those visitors. "We've been doing this for over 30 years and now all of a sudden, here's a whole slew of zoning permits and special-use permits," says McCracken. "The list goes on and on, it's unnecessary." The newly required permits come...
  • Justice Department Suing Two Towns For Refusing To Build Mosques

    11/24/2016 5:02:31 PM PST · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 24, 2016 | Kevin Daley
    The township also calls into question the propriety of a relationship between a member of the ISBR and a lead DOJ investigator. Attorneys for the township also confirm that a lawyer representing the mosque was in contact with DOJ investigators well before the planning board reached any decision regarding the ISBRs application. These communications, unknown by the Township at the time, suggest an inappropriate collusion with Plaintiffs rather than an unbiased review. The town also accuses the Department of Justice of engaging in punitive behavior throughout the investigation, and not acting in good faith. . . . A similar lawsuit...
  • Man arrested for late-night air-horn blasts in El Segundo

    11/15/2016 9:43:55 AM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 11/14/2016 | Staff
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (KABC) -- A man who drove around El Segundo and allegedly blasted an air horn in the middle of the night multiple times in recent weeks has been arrested, police said. In the past few weeks, police had received "numerous" reports of a man driving a blue four-door compact around the city and sounding off an air horn at night. On Sunday, El Seguno police officers heard an air horn around 4 a.m. on the west side of town. They found a blue four-door Chevrolet Aveo and made a traffic stop near Grand Avenue and Main...
  • Cleanup underway

    08/18/2016 1:53:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA City and Cochise County officials and the owner of several properties in the Fry Townsite have agreed upon the basis of a deal which would ultimately result in the clearing away of dozens of dilapidated mobile homes and junk vehicles from the county enclave. The final details of the deal are still being fine-tuned and will have to be accepted by a federal bankruptcy court, but after months of negotiations between property owner Lane Balmer and Mary Jacobs, assistant city manager of Sierra Vista, as well as Britt Hanson, chief civil deputy attorney for the Cochise County...
  • Justice Department Not too Busy to Sue Town Over Mosque

    07/26/2016 5:24:22 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 7/26/2016 | Michael Ware
    The Department of Justice has been swamped by the workload it has faced over the past several months. They have not had the time to deal with the illegal aliens that have not been processed. They could not look into the IRS and its treatment of conservative organizations. Neither did the DOJ have time to look into Lois Lerner. Amazingly, we find that it does have time to sue a small Pennsylvania township over a zoning issue. Thats right - the DOJ has filed suit against Bensalem Township over its zoning decisions. The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department is...
  • SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK LEE AMENDMENT, PRESERVE AFFH (Obama's Plan to Ghettoize Your Neighborhood)

    05/20/2016 9:28:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 141 replies
    PowerLine ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Lee Amendment to defund President Obamas Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation failed in the Senate yesterday because not enough Republicans backed it. The Amendment was tabled by a vote of 60-37. Jeremy Carl aptly describes this vote as a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense. It is a victory, as Carl says, for turning the federal government into a National Zoning board, forcing high density housing on unwilling cities and towns, and letting bureaucrats decide the racial, ethnic and income balance of local communities.
  • Say Good-Bye To Hinga Auto Repair, Killed Off With Zoning By Elitist Politicians

    05/19/2016 10:38:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 19, 2016 | George Leef
    One of the main reasons why America was so attractive to hard-working people used to be that if you were successful, you could enjoy your rewards and use your property as you thought best. Sadly, that is less and less true. One immigrant who can testify to that is Hinga Mbogo, who is about to be forced to close his auto repair business in Dallas. He came to the United States from Kenya in 1974 with some skill in repairing machinery and found a job working as an airplane mechanic. By 1985, he had accumulated the capital necessary to open...
  • Manning on HUD local zoning takeover w/ Mark Steyn

    05/18/2016 10:19:05 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning appeared on the Rush Limbaugh Show with guest host Mark Steyn at 2:30PM EST to discuss the imminent Senate vote on an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), S.3897, to the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) appropriations bill that will prohibit implementation of the HUD regulation Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) that conditions $3 billion of yearly community development block grants on 1,200 recipient cities and counties rezoning neighborhoods along income and racial guidelines.
  • This is how the suburbs die

    03/01/2016 10:15:16 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 83 replies
    The Week ^ | 1/21/206 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    In 1974, corporate behemoth GE moved its headquarters from Manhattan to the suburban Fairfield, Connecticut. Last week, it announced that it was leaving Fairfield for Boston's waterfront district. And as GE goes, it has people wondering whether the suburbs are going to lose their economic lifeblood. Mad Men reminded us that mid-century advertising executives worked in the heart of Manhattan, but slowly began their retreat to the burbs as crime exploded in New York City. The corporate offices followed them and their growing families in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Pension Funds See 20% Spike In Deficit

    02/14/2016 8:04:37 AM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Argus Obsever ^ | 14 February 2016 | Ted Sickinger
    Oregon Treasurer and Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler issued a statement last week noting that the state pension fund’s investment returns were 2.1% in 2015. That beat the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and topped the performance of 88% of comparable institutional investment funds. What Wheeler’s statement didn’t mention was that investment returns for the year still fell 5.6 percentage points below the system’s 7.75% assumed rate of return for 2015. That’s terrible news for public employers and taxpayers. It means the pension system’s unfunded liability just increased by another 20% — growing from $18 billion at the end of...
  • Developer demolishes ‘birthplace of the Bill of Rights’

    01/18/2016 8:53:33 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 24 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 1/18/16 | Victor Skinner
    Officials in Silver Spring Township, Pennsylvania are scrambling to save face after they inadvertently allowed a local developer to begin demolition on the reputed birthplace of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Triple Crown Corporation secured the necessary permits and followed the proper protocols to demolish a two-story stone house along Carlisle Pike that was most recently used as Stone House Auto Sales. But it wasn’t until the company started demolition Jan. 6 that local officials realized its historical significance, The Sentinel reports.
  • Court Decision Upholds Limits on Zoning Restrictions

    11/24/2015 5:08:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld one of the most basic principles of United States law this month. The law has been under continual attack for the last hundred years, during the rise of the “progressive” state.A great many zoning ordinances around the country are based on “model” legislation that is pushed by central planners. One of the stated premises in the legislation is that anything that is not permitted is forbidden. From a discussion of a previous zoning case in North Carolina:Virtually all zoning ordinances are based on the premise that the ordinance shall list certain land uses...
  • DOJ Sues Town for Nixing Rezoning Plan to Build Islamic Temple

    10/02/2015 11:35:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 2, 2015
    In its latest effort to protect Muslim rights in the United States the Obama Justice Department is suing an Illinois town for denying a rezoning application to convert an office building into an Islamic temple. Failing to approve plans for the Islamic worship center violates a 2000 law known as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit filed this week in federal court. The accused are lawmakers in Des Plaines, a Chicago suburb with a population of about 60,000. In 2013 the Des Plaines City Council voted 5-3 to reject...