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From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 23:20:05 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Pittsburg (CA) waterfront eminent domain
Pittsburg can take over land before eminent domain decision

By Paul Burgarino
Contra Costa County Times (CA)
August 1, 2008

Pittsburg's Redevelopment Agency can acquire a three-acre piece of contaminated land near the waterfront before an eminent domain lawsuit is resolved, though it must deposit more money to proceed, a county Superior Court judge ruled this week.

Judge Thomas Maddock affirmed a tentative ruling Friday that says the redevelopment agency is entitled to the property owned by Marine Express Inc. on E. Third Street and would "suffer a substantial hardship" if the application for possession is denied or limited.

However, the agency must increase the amount of money deposited into the state treasurer's Condemnation Deposits Fund by $700,000 as probable compensation for the property.

Maddock said the city must deposit a total of $1.8 million as potential reimbursement to the owner. Pittsburg has put about $1.1 million into the fund, said Juliet Cox, an attorney with Goldfarb and Lipman LLP, the firm representing the city.


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