Here's what we're reading today:
- Remember Lavan v. City of Los Angeles, No. 11-56253 (Sep. 5, 2012), a 2-1 decision from a Ninth Circuit panel holding that the City of Los Angeles could not presume that property owned by homeless people in the Skid Row area was abandoned, and prohibited the City from seizing and destroying it when the owner was "momentarily away" from it? Looks like the City is going to seek SCOTUS review. The LA Times reports, "L.A. to ask high court to overturn ruling on homeless belongings."
- In the same vein, check out "Property Rights Help the Poor" by Professor Burt Folsom.
- "Critical habitats proposal raises concerns" - from the Maui News, about a U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposal to designate "271,062 acres of privately owned and state, county and federal land in Maui County as critical habitat. ... Federal officials said Monday that "generally" there will be no impacts to private landowners who may be subject to federal restrictions only if their properties and businesses have federal funding or permitting issues. But the nine council members on the committee, led by its Chairman Riki Hokama, were skeptical."
- "Regulatory Takings and 'Lochnerism': An Observation" - from lawprof Jonathan H. Adler at Volokh.
- "Judge Upholds LUC Ruling on Koa Ridge" - a post at Civil Beat about Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter v. Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii, a recently-decided case about agricultural lands (we posted on the case here).