Letter: Is Oakland seizing home a model fix for crisis?

Is Oakland seizing home
a model fix for crisis?

Re: “If
Oakland seizes this house, what property is safe?
” (Letter to
the editor, Eastbaytimes.com, Dec. 30):

The letter-writer cites the Constitution, yet his comments fly
in the face of the Fifth Amendment, which grants the state the
power to seize property with just compensation, a practice known as
eminent domain.

What common good does the city of Oakland enjoy from a house
that has stood vacant, as opposed to the gainful residency of four
of its citizens? Mothers and their children now sheltered from the
cold, blanketed by the security of housing, and pursuing their own
right to “life, liberty, and happiness” as the letter-writer so
glibly suggested.

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Oakland needs innovative solutions for the housing crisis that
affects all of California. I applaud the Moms 4 Housing and
Councilwoman Nikki Fortunato Bas on their efforts to aid the
disenfranchised, and urge the cities of the Bay Area to consider
further actions such as these.

Patrick Colford
Oakland

 

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Letter: Is Oakland seizing home a model fix for crisis?