Thursday, June 23, 2016

Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto

If someone chooses to close their business, that is their right. If the county sees a need to spend taxpayer dollars on affordable housing, they should find a willing seller and build it. Seizing private property on the cheap by eminent domain is not only wrong, but unconstitutional.

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara will join the fight to preserve Buena Vista Mobile Home Park and it is ready to exercise eminent domain if owners choose not to sell, officials announced Wednesday.

The authority proposes spending $250,000 in federal funds on pre-acquisition activities, Katherine Harasz, the agency's executive director, said at a news conference at Palo Alto City Hall.

After a new market appraisal of the property at 3980 El Camino Real -- Palo Alto's only mobile home park -- the agency plans to re-engage owners Toufic and Eva Jisser in sale negotiations, Harasz said.

If negotiations are not successful, Harasz said the housing authority will consider eminent domain -- a process that would allow it to seize the property for just compensation.

Eminent domain is just theft.

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