California trial court: No greater public interest in town seizing private water company to operate it itself (generic ‘vision statements’ don’t count): CIVDS1600180 May 13, 2021

67-day bench trial. 84-page decision. Check out the Superior Court’s Tentative Statement of Decision in a case in which a property owner has successfully challenged the Town of Apple Valley’s attempt to take a private water company so the Town could operate it itself.

There’s a lot going on, and to understand the decision you should understand the statutory requirements under which the case is operating. A California statute sets out the requirements for what we might call public use challenges generally (or maybe power (right)-to-take challenges):


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