Real Estate Attorney
C. William Brewer, PC provides comprehensive professional services in representing Private Landowners, Farmers, Commercial and Industrial Businesses and Homeowners in every aspect of Real Estate proceedings.
Mr. Brewer has more than 36 years' experience in Real Estate & Eminent Domain Law, including the representation of several public agencies over a period of 11 years and exclusively representing Private Landowners, Farmers, Business (Commercial and Industrial) Owners and Homeowners for the past 25 years. He is passionate about protecting private property rights against the harm done to Landowners and Business Owners.
C. William Brewer, PC practices throughout California, with the majority of cases occurring in the productive agribusiness environs of the great Central Valley. This includes the Cities and Counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Mariposa and the cities of Fresno, Bakersfield, Clovis, Delano, Tulare, Hanford, Visalia, Reedley, Dinuba, Kingsburg, Selma, Fowler, Madera, Chowchilla, Los Banos, Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and others.
IMPORTANT CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL NEWS
August 9, 2013 HSRA UPDATE
Precondemnation Offers are being delivered to land owners whose property is being taken or damaged by the California High Speed Rail Authority ("CHSRA").
Also Business Owners who are being forced to relocate are being pushed to respond to HSRA's demands for information.
HSRA is telling owners they must accept offer within 30 days - an unrealistically short time, or it will force them to sell by taking them to court.
Key lawsuit still in play: Kings County, Toss and Fagundes vs. CHSRA
○ Violations of Prop 1A
○ Attempts to amend Prop 1A violate constitution
● Prop 1A - is a Constitutional "Initiative" which can be amended only by another Initiative.
● Constitutional constraints on legislature and government [and CHSRA] have been violated.
How soon can HSRA take possession?
Occupied Property - no sooner than 120 days after service of Notice of Motion for Court Order authorizing HSRA to take possession; no sooner than 70 days if unoccupied.
Relocation Benefits Important
CAVEAT to Residential and Business Owners: get competent advice not only of the legal issues in the TAKING and DAMAGING of your residential property or your business assets, but be very vigilant regarding your relocation benefits. Relocation can be complicated but the benefits can be significant.
Major Environmental Issues Remain for Fresno to Bakersfield Sub-Segment
•Visual impacts of the project in general, stations, elevated track, glare.
•HST emissions, particularly dust and its effects on agriculture.
•Conversion of agricultural land to nonagricultural uses.
•Compliance with the Williamson Act.
•Impacts on farm operations.
•Impacts on low-income and minority communities.
•Impacts on community cohesion.
•Fiscal impacts on the state and local jurisdictions.
•System safety with regard to derailments.
•Growth-inducing effects of new transportation system in the San Joaquin Valley.
•Water resource impacts.
•Harm to historic structures.
•Hazardous materials impacts
•Electromagnetic field impacts on humans and animals.
•Impacts on special-status species and their habitats.
•Transportation impacts: crossings, blocked roads, blocked intersections, congestion if the HST is not implemented.
•Impacts on Amtrak.
•Global Warming effects if the HST is not implemented.
July-August 2013 -The High Speed Rail Authority is moving FAST with acquiring impacted properties and addressing businesses forced to relocate within the new train corridor from Madera Avenue 17 through Fresno. Formal pre-condemnation - the first official step in the Eminent Domain process – are currently being delivered. 90-day notices are being served, advising some landowners and businesses that, e.g., they must be moved out no later than September 15, 2013. Owners of land and businesses must be vigilant and diligent to protect their rights to receive Compensation, Damages and Relocation Benefits. For assistance, call experienced Eminent Domain attorney Bill Brewer @ 559-439-4000.
California’s High-Speed Fail System Doubles in Cost – NOVEMBER 2, 2011
“The authority’s projection of 117 million annual intercity passengers plus commuters is so far from reality that I have to call it what it is—science fiction,” Vranich wrote in his testimony. Most studies use population density to project ridership, but as a story in California Watch noted last month, “if the measure is population density, Florida and Ohio would be fertile ground as well. Both of those states rejected billions in federal aid for bullet trains, fearing they just couldn’t make the projects pencil out.”
California’s High-Speed Train Wreck – AUGUST 8, 2011
Joseph Vranich, the author of “Supertrains” and a 40-year advocate of high-speed rail, testified before a hearing of California’s State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. He said, “This is the first time I am unable to endorse a high-speed rail plan” and that he found the California High Speed Rail Authority’s work to be “the poorest I have ever seen.”