Kelo Fallout Here in California
Alsco Laundry in San Diego looks like it is going to be the next victim of an eminent domain seizure for the betterment of a real estate developer.
The city wants to move out the laundry service to make way for the project, which also includes retail stores. But with 150 employees on its payroll and service to 3,000 area businesses, Scacco said the company doesn’t want to move.
“With the requirements that we have in our business, with the water requirements, the size of the building, there are very, very few, from what I understand at this point, sites that could accomodate us anywhere in San Diego County,” he said.
If this isn’t a clear example of rent seeking then I don’t know what is. This kind of thing is also bad for business over all. Now every business faces increased uncertainty and new businesses might decide not to start up in California due to this uncertainty.
Alsco Laundry is hardly alone in being threatened with forced evacuation. Thousands of state and local agencies can claim eminent domain. In California, hundreds of homes and businesses are facing eviction from their land.
Funny, I always thought liberals were for standing up for the little guy, and that it is the conservatives that will sell you out to the big corporations. Guess not.
Via James Hamilton.