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Subject Eminent Domain: PG&E wants to seize private vineyard property.
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CALISTOGA — PG&E is taking Calistoga vineyard owner Terry Gard to court, to seize a portion of his land for a liquid natural gas plant.

PG&E has now claimed eminent domain to forcibly secure a permanent easement of 1.4 acres on the corner of Highway 29 and Dunaweal Lane, across from Twomey Cellars......

When the government, or, in some cases, a private entity, needs access to private property, it may exercise its power of eminent domain to do so. Another way eminent domain is used is for easements where sewer lines, water lines, telephone and cable lines and electric lines.

PG&E had not responded to request for comment as of last week.
Less than fiddy

This is very iteresting. A bit misleading in that PG&E doesn't actually seem to want to buy this land but lease it. The property owner, whose family has resided on this land since the 1800's, does not want to allow a new larger natural gas project going on the land. PG&E wants to claim eminent domain.

Wikipedia says eminent domain... is the power of a state, provincial, or national government to take private property for public use. However, this power can be legislatively delegated by the state to municipalities, government subdivisions, or even to private persons or corporations,

^ Government OKed

The land you purchase in CAlifornistan is not owned by you. you will never own it out right. Need to pay thousands in taxes every year. Doesnt matter how long you have resided there. Quite maddening.
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