Supreme Court to Review CAPR “Open Public Meetings Act” Challenge

Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights You Can Help CAPR With Supreme Court Challenge! Supreme Court to Review CAPR “Open Public Meetings Act” Challenge The Washington Supreme Court has announced that it will review the lower court rulings regarding the challenge brought by Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights Legal Fund against the San Juan County Commission for violations of Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). The suit brought by the San Juan chapter of CAPR alleges that the County developed its current Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) with little public input in sessions behind closed doors. Surprisingly, the County generally agrees calling the closed door sessions “committee work”!

PSNERP Continues to Provide Controversy

The Army Corp of Engineers and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continue to provide controversy with their proposed Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Projects. These 11 Billion dollar tax-payer funded plans most certainly need closer scrutiny by the tax-paying public. Snohomish County Watch provides a closer look at one of the projects this Billion Dollar Boondoggle encompases. This portion of the PSNERP proposed to undo the lifelong work of Rone Brewer, a member of the Washington Water Fowl Association to help in creating farmed land for waterfowl management and public access as part of a past ACE/WDFW restoration project. Now that work will be destroyed.

American Citizens Must Regain Legislative Representation

Student of the history of Liberty Lord John Acton famously said “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” With this in mind, as Free American Citizens we owe ourselves dutiful attention to the safeguarding of our Liberties. This seems an extraordinary task when we consider the behemoth government has become. It is in consideration of our Freedoms that we reach for what most Americans consider the baseline for the measurement of Liberty, our Federal and State Constitutions. The essence of Political Liberty is self-governance, and this can only be accomplished through interacting with our elected representatives. Americans tend to think we have three branches of government, the legislative, executive, and judicial, however, we have become the Captives of the Administrative.

Petition to Repeal and Replace the 2001 Skagit Instream Flow Rule

On behalf of the following groups, a petition to repeal and replace the 2001 Skagit Instream Flow Rule has been submitted. •Washington REALTORs •Building Industry Association of Washington •North Puget Sound Association of REALTORs •Skagit Island County Building Association •Snohomish-Camano Association of REALTORs •MasterBuilders of King and Snohomish Counties •Washington State Farm Bureau •Just Water Alliance Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights supports this petition.

Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project

The Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosytem Restoration Project, PSNERP, will have comment on their NEPA until November 24. Online comments can be submitted here: That said, a project with the intention of destroying farmland that will be ruined for this and future generations could hardly be called a restoration, since it never was what it will be "restored" to. This project can hardly be called wise stewardship of land. What will the citizens of this state have if they do not have adequate farmland?

Not Without A Fight Posts Letter about Land Grab

From Not Without a Fight: Reader View: Feds are the real land-grabbers Posted on November 17, 2014by ronroizen9 Editor’s note: On Oct. 27th, we published a New York Times op-ed by New Mexico’s U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich — titled, “The Land Grab Out West.” Heinrich, as readers may recall, was critical of the “state ownership of federal public lands” movement that has gained momentum in the American West in recent years, perhaps particularly in the state he represents, Utah.

Devastating Tidal Wave of Endangered Species Expected!

The Center for Biological Diversity and Wild Earth Guardians have set the circumstances for an alarming increase in Endangered Species Listings in Washington State, with the projected possibility of 81 species by 2016 in Washington State alone. The Conflicts and Waste of valuable resources due to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) have been discussed on this previous CAPR blog article: The coming Tidal Wave will most likely have a tremendous negative consequence for water rights in Washington State, as most watershed planning is based on creating and providing water rights to rivers in order to protect endangered and potentially endangered species.

Limiting Government Intrusion into Property Rights

Forbes points out government's intrusion into agriculture, property rights, and functional commerce is a problem constantly looking for a solution. This thoughtful article raises questions regarding this over-reach but causes one to question where does the responsibility lie in the enforcing of respect for the rule of law and the constitutional rights Americans enjoy? The individual, courts, or congress? It seems most important advances in the preservation of property rights have begun with individuals and have been decided with the help of fine legal organizations in court. It can be assumed then that the most important defender of property rights would be the individual American Citizen. Is it not true that our constitutional rights were designed for the protection of the individual and to be guarded by the individual?

Riparian Property Rights Defended with Amici Brief

In Florida, plaintiffs claim riparian property rights. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the City of Sanibel claim that riparian rights are based in state law and are not "fundamental" rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. The Owners’ Counsel of America, National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, Cato Institute and Rutherford Institute beg to differ with an Amici Brief. Read the details below:


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