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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Farmers Lose Lawsuit

The judge upheld the City's sale of the land for $5 million back to the man from whom the City had taken it in the first place. So reports NBC Channel 4 (http://www.nbc4.tv/news/9579521/detail.html).


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Those SQUATTERS had no case...which is the sickening thing about this circus. This farce is all about these godammed Mexicans who want everything for nothing! Mr. Horowitz was a victim TWICE...First from Eminent Domain and secondly, from the fucking illegals and their "friends".

July 26, 2006 2:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You have a point and express it in such a charming manner. Is that really necessary to get your point across?

July 26, 2006 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ralph Horowitz is a victim of his own greed and penury. He is a world class asshole and nothing can change that.

It is impossible to feel sorry for him, so don't even go there.

Feel sorry for the victimized farmers who were fed a bill of goods by the thugs who leased the property to them and never had a right to it and then told them to pay the lawyers so they could waste more money on a dead bang loser.

As Forrest Gump says "Stupid is a stupid does"...

July 26, 2006 2:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm glad you didn't use the normal "SOLD a bill of goods" phrasing, since they didn't actually purchase anything, except maybe a few bags of mulch.

July 26, 2006 4:19 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Well, let's not forget the point of this lawsuit, which was less about the farmers and more about the taxpayers.

The gravamen of the complaint, as I understand it, was that the City Council sold the land for far less than it was worth, and that the transaction should therefore be rescinded. Plaintiffs presented an appraiser who opined that the land was worth far more than $5 million. Defendants called an appraiser of their own, who testified that, due to the risk of toxic contamination and the surrounding warehouses, the price was reasonable.

To me, the best way to avoid this kind of situation is for the City to subject all land deals to COMPETITIVE BIDDING. High bid wins. That way, we don't have the spectacle of City Councilmen pushing through motions to rent out our land at 20 cents per square foot, as per a prior posting of mine.

July 26, 2006 4:46 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

P.S. The judge accepted the defendants' appaiser's testimony, and therefore upheld the transaction.

July 26, 2006 4:47 PM  

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July 26, 2006 8:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I disagree.

As much of a butthead as Horowitz is , he had his property taken from him through eminent domain. To see him get it back was a great victory for anyone who has had to sell their property through eminent domain.

Why should he have to pay more for it than he sold it for.

As far as I am concerned Horowitz scored one for all property owners.

The people to blame are the city who didn't build that incinerator.

July 26, 2006 8:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Council Dist 14 SUCKS!


July 26, 2006 9:20 PM  

Blogger video louis said:

Did you know that piece of property
between a sidewalk and the street,
the Parkway is Public;
Does this mean anyone can farm
in front of your house ? and will
they be bringing their own water ?

...and where's that 7.3 acres the Government was going to give
them to farm ?

July 27, 2006 3:58 AM  

Blogger Peter McFerrin said:

In the South, it's traditional for people to sprinkle collard and mustard seeds along roadsides so that poor people can harvest them and have something to eat. Maybe Los Angeles should start requiring that parkways be planted in such a manner.

July 27, 2006 5:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The majority of the city supported Horwitz. I don't blame the famers but the organizers who were a bunch of greedy Westsiders who exploited and took advantage of them. REad Danile Hernandez's story a couple of months ago in LA Weekly. He states that some of the original farmers were evicted by these organizers because they refused to do what they wanted i.e. go and scream at city council meetings, pay dues etc. The organizers message was rude, demanding and arrogant. I want to know what are they going to do with all the money they collected at concerts, fundraisers etc.? I'm glad its over and never want to see them dragged at council waiting hours to speak.

July 27, 2006 7:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have a cup of green tea
It does wonders

July 27, 2006 1:58 PM  

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