Did Property Rights Triumph in People’s Republic of San Francisco?
In a decision that is sure to inflame San Francisco politics, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District Charles Breyer ruled Tuesday a San Francisco law requiring landlords to pay displaced tenants the difference between current rent and the amount needed to rent a comparable unit in a similar neighborhood in the city for two years was an unconstitutional violation of property rights.
After the California Supreme Court ruled that “landlords do not have the right to evict tenants to go out of the business of being a landlord,” the California Legislature adopted the Ellis Act” in 1985. The law, as a provision in California Government Code (7060-7060.7), provided landlords the right to shut down use of the property as rentals. It quickly became a way out of municipal rent control provisions by converting to condos.
Municipalities still retained the ability to regulate the Ellis Act eviction process and many began restricting property use as a rental for a period of time after “going out of business.” When the properties did “reenter” rental status, they were required to revert back to all the former rent control provisions.
In 2006, then Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a San Francisco ordinance that prohibited any conversion of a building to condominiums which had, since May 1, 2005, either multiple evictions and/or any single eviction of a senior or disabled tenant.
The San Francisco Tenants Union and its allies thought they scored “a big win” this spring when a new local ordinance was passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors by a veto-proof 9-2 vote. The new law guaranteed tenants could no longer be evicted under the Ellis Act without receiving paid compensation of at least $5,153 and up (per tenant) to more than $18,000 per unit depending upon various factors like age, disability, and whether a unit has school-aged children occupying the targeted unit.
The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) responded by filling suit against the city on behalf of the San Francisco Apartment Association and the pro-property-rights Coalition for Better Housing. The PLF claimed the new Ellis Act ordinance “requires rental property owners to pay their tenants oppressive and unconstitutional sums of money before the owners can regain personal use of their property,” the Business Times reported.
The federal Judge found abusive the fact that tenants who received the compensation, which sometimes exceeded $100,000, were not even required to spend the money on replacement housing in San Francisco or anywhere …read more
Which black man is “not black enough”?
ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption hosted by Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser did a segment about the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson is a mixed race young man, and the focus of the segment is the contention that Wilson is not ‘black enough’ for some teammates.
It was reported this schism may have contributed to explosive playmaker Percy Harvin having been traded to the New York Jets. It was also suggested that Wilson was too close to management for some of his teammates, including Harvin.
Being too close to management is tantamount to being a “House Nigger” for many Liberal blacks, though most smart people understand that having access to management is a smart move. And why shouldn’t Russell Wilson have access to management?
The Criminalization of Christianity
Where are all the atheist freedom lovers we always hear about? It’s time for them to start standing up for religious liberty.
The left and militant gay movement are getting bolder and bolder, and too many Christians are stewing in their apathy.
It seems that with each passing month, this senseless tyranny advances. The latest is that two Christian ministers in Idaho, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, have allegedly been ordered to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies at their chapel or face fines or jail sentences.
This nightmare began Oct. 7, when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated Idaho’s marriage laws and legalized same-sex marriage in that state, which allowed Idaho county clerks to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses a week later. On Oct. 17, the Knapps declined a request to perform a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The NFL is back being NOT Gay
I called it, when I said the social engineering experiment known as Michael Sam would not play a single down of REAL football. And he won’t.
The Rams drafted Sam late in the seventh round of the NFL draft in May, the first publicity stunt. The former SEC defensive player of the year at Missouri was pick No. 249 out of 256. The Rams rightfully cut Sam, whereby the Cowboys picked him up.
University of Pennsylvania Economist: The Rich Are Best Off Paying Tax Rate of…
A pair of economists are making the case that the top federal income tax rate gas verb far too low for far too long.
The current top tax rate is nearly 40 percent, a figure that University of Bonn professor Fabian Kindermann and Dirk Krueger, of the University of Pennsylvania, are claiming should be more than doubled.
The Real Racists
The Democrats are desperate. Just this weekend a confidential memo from one of Obama’s pollsters (leaked to The New York Times) declared that there could be “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if African American voters do not come out in large force for the midterm elections. So what do Democrats do? They immediately begin resorting the most vile and despicable race-baiting tactics in an attempt to invoke scaring memories of racial animus to drive black voters to the polls.
A new flier from Georgia Democrats warns voters that, “You must vote in November… to prevent another Ferguson.” And in North Carolina, a pro-Hagan flier had a picture of a white crowd lynching black man with the words “Kay Hagan Doesn’t WIN! Obama’s IMPEACHMENT Will Begin! Vote in 2014.”
Republicans cannot allow such tactics to stand. They must demand that Democrats denounce such tactics in every interview they do (similar to the way Republicans had to denounce the gaffes of Todd Akin in 2012).
Eight Trends to Watch for on the November Ballot That Have Nothing to Do With Congress
While the question of whether Democrats or Republicans will be in control of the Senate is the midterm elections question that’s received the most attention, ballots across the country have high-stakes initiatives that could have ramification reaching beyond individual states.
Legalized marijuana, minimum wage increases, personhood for the unborn, Second Amendment issues, hunting, prison reform, taxes and health care are all on the ballot in different parts of the country.
The National Taxpayers Union is closely following state ballot issues related to the minimum wage and tax proposals.
Poll: Ebola Poses Risks for Democrats’ Political Ambitions
The Ebola crisis could play a role in determining which party wins control over the House and Senate after the November midterms, according to a new poll by POLITICO.
The poll, which tested public opinion among 840 likely voters in key battleground districts across the United States, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points and was conducted October 3 through 11, wrapping up just as the second Ebola patient, nurse Nina Pham, tested positive.
Lebanese Immigrant, Escondido, CA Mayor: Obama Has “Failed” Immigrants of This Country
Ingraham was joined by Escondido Mayor Sam Abed to discuss his city’s fight against the ACLU, which is trying to force the city into opening a shelter for illegal minors from Central America. Mayor Abed, who himself is a legal immigrant from Lebanon, expressed his disappointment with the Democrat’s open-borders policies, which have amounted to a full-on assault on American citizens and legal immigrants already here who are struggling to fulfill the American dream. Abed also accused the ACLU of violating the civil rights of his constituents, who are resoundingly opposed to housing the illegal migrants. Interview Excerpts: [You can listen to Laura's full interview under the 'Freebies']
Abed on the Obama Administration’s refusal to secure the border: “This is a disappointment to our country. I am a very proud immigrant to this country from Lebanon. I have been proud to be sworn in to protect the Constitution of our city and our great country, and I will not waiver on my pledge to our great country. [...] We have a strong city here, we have a faith-based community…. All I want is to protect the same values that made America so great.”
New Report on Michael Brown Case Offers Three Explosive Revelations
The publishing of Michael Brown’s official autopsy report, as well as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch source’s description of officer Darren Wilson’s account of events, offered new revelations to the already controversial Ferguson case Tuesday night.
An unidentified source told the Post-Dispatch that Wilson testified to investigators 18-year-old Brown struggled for his firearm before eventually charging at him.
Two experts not directly involved with the case added to the newspaper that the official autopsy appears to support Wilson’s claim that a struggle did take place before the fatal shooting.
Further, a toxicology report revealed that Brown tested positive for marijuana.