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Posted: 8/3/2005 4:59:39 AM EDT
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San Diego Seeks to Confiscate 'Little Italy' Property
Wednesday, August 03, 2005


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SAN DIEGO — The Alsco Laundry in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood has been cleaning linens for the city's top hotels and restaurants for more than 50 years.



But now, says general manager Mike Scacco, they're being hung out to dry, thanks to a new assertion of eminent domain.

"We have a set of plans that were provided by CLB Partners, a development corporation here in San Diego, for development of townhouses, condominiums for sale," Scacco said.

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.

But San Diego officials have designated this area of the city as "blighted," and according to the law the city has the authority to use its eminent domain powers for what supporters say is the good of the community.

"We have used the power of eminent domain for a number of years. The Centre City Redevelopment Project was adopted in '92 and we've used the power of eminent domain on a number of projects," said David Allsbrook, manager of contracting and public works at the Centre City Development Corporation.

While Centre City redevelopment has helped revitalize the downtown area, opponents say the efforts have also taken a toll in disrupted lives and businesses.

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.

At least one legislator is trying to stop it.

After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld certain powers of eminent domain, State Sen. Tom McClintock introduced a bill that would prevent California cities from taking property from one private owner and giving it to another.

"There is nothing that rankles the American soul more than an abuse of power that creates an injustice and that's what the U.S. Supreme Court has now unleashed," McClintock told FOX News.

"There is no right to steal somebody else's property for personal gain. That is not a right that is recognized in any civilized society and we ought not to recognize it in ours," he added.

McClintock's bill and others like it around the nation could take months to become law, too late for Alsco, which is being pressured to sign on the dotted line this summer.

"It is emotional, and it's emotional for all of my people here, the greatest majority of them have worked here for many, many years," Scacco said.

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 5:03:04 AM EDT
It's what retiring Justice Sanda Day O'Conner warned about.
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 5:03:56 AM EDT
Those arent 150 employees.
THose are 150 potential militia members making a stand against the Powers that be.

VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 5:05:11 AM EDT



it's sad that this has been allowed to happen in [what used to be] a free country.

it's pathetic that so many cannot see the gravity of the situation.


Link Posted: 8/3/2005 5:06:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Those arent 150 employees.
THose are 150 potential militia members making a stand against the Powers that be.

VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!



i've said before it's only a matter of time before someone starts shooting over this, and probably rightly so.

the media and the elected governors of us will turn that person into a deamon, and most of the public will agree.


Link Posted: 8/3/2005 5:07:50 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/3/2005 5:11:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Those arent 150 employees.
THose are 150 potential militia members making a stand against the Powers that be.

VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 5:12:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Merrell:
CLB partners



ZOMG! They are all from Texas. It's
Bushitler's fault!!!11!one

Link Posted: 8/3/2005 5:18:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheCynic:

Originally Posted By Merrell:
CLB partners



ZOMG! They are all from Texas. It's
Bushitler's fault!!!11!one




Actually, one of the founding partners was a Klinton appointee
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