Category Archives: Private Property Rights

Is Your Name On It?



 I remember when I was in elementary school that our teachers always impressed upon us the nature of placing our names on everything.  If it was our box of crayons, our name had to be on it.  If it was our homework, our name had to be on it.  If it was our school book, our name had to be on it.  Now, with Mother’s Day quickly approaching (note to self — Mother’s Day this Sunday), I remember my mom getting in on the act by placing my name on my lunch and jacket.

Placing our names on our items did a few things:

  1. It cleared up any confusion we had when we found lost articles to whom it belonged.
  2. It gave each child a pride in ownership and a sense of responsibility to be sure that we took care of what was entrusted to us.

However, some adults seem to have lost their way to this notion of ownership.  Take for example the recent news article that appeared in the Arizona Daily Star on Monday concerning a couple of vacant houses with lots near Speedway and North Stone in Tucson.

Neighbors reported four years ago that the house was vacant to the city.  The city slated it for demolition and it was carried out just recently.  Now, with the second house that was reported vacant and slated for demolition, some of the neighbors are sounding an alarm to stop it.

However, the reasons why the neighbors are protesting the demolition are not the ones that they would have you believe.  You see, the properties were sold recently to a Phoenix-are investor group who were told by the city to either tear down the houses or repair them.  Repairing these houses were not the interests of the property owners.  Rather, they want to build a retail-condo complex in its location much to the dismay of the neighbors.

Photo by Mamta Popat/ Arizona Daily Star


Photo by Mamta Popat/ Arizona Daily Star


So, some of the neighbors tried to pull the historic designation card because it was “contributing structure” to the historical nature of the neighborhood.  This does nothing to stop the owners of the property from doing what they wish.  When the neighbors don’t get what they want, they then point to the Private Property Rights Protection Act (Proposition 207) as the problem.  This act, passed in 2006 by the voters, allows for homeowners, businesses, and churches to be protected from eminent domain and regulatory takings and is the strongest property rights protection in the nation.

How do I know that there is a political agenda to lash out against Proposition 207?  Check out these lines:

The handful of city neighborhoods that are locally designated historic districts are the only ones with that protection, said Jonathan Mabry, the city’s historic preservation officer.
“There is no regulatory or legal procedure the city could use to prevent demolition of a property that is listed on the national register,” Mabry said.
He added that the demolition points up the need for some mechanism to “encourage and incentivize property owners to repair and adaptively reuse” such historical structures.
The city is deterred from enacting laws ordering such things by passage of Proposition 207 in 2006. That statewide measure requires that municipalities compensate property owners for the monetary impact of zoning laws.
“This is the type of situation where the community calls for more regulation, but since Arizona voters passed Proposition 207, that’s not an option for local governments. This should increase public awareness that it needs to be fixed,” Mabry said.
The major problem that some of the neighbors of the historic district and the government have is that people are doing what they want with THEIR property and not allowing for their neighbors or the government have a say in it.  Let me pick out one of the key lines again:
He added that the demolition points up the need for some mechanism to “encourage and incentivize property owners to repair and adaptively reuse” such historical structures.
The big government types want to control what you do with your property.  The big government type wants you to just go along with whatever they say.  But what the big government types need to remember, is that they don’t own your property.  It is a lesson that they should have learned when they were children — if your name is on it, it belongs to you. 

Monday News Update

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 Here are the top stories that we are following today.  If we missed one, please let us know.  Please check back later for our commentary on today’s news story.

Arizona Daily Star

Consultants rap Kino Hospital’s tab to taxpayers

Supreme Court needs new look, senators say

School districts plan for all-day kindergarten

State resolution to feds a silly waste of time


Arizona Republic

Follow the cash: Charities spent bulk of it on salaries, expenses

An Arizona Republic investigation examines how a charity network is able to legally inflate its finances.
Guide | Don Stewart: In pursuit of God’s reward | More
Day 1: Charities benefit from loopholes | The series

Senators want justice with wide experience

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s search to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter should extend beyond the current roster of federal judges, senators from both political parties said Sunday.

Full-day kindergarten program to continue

School districts across the Valley are preparing to continue offering full-day kindergarten next school year because they’ve been assured the popular program won’t be cut by the Legislature.

Hopis fighting to keep ruins open to public

As the Legislature grapples with a $3 billion budget shortfall for fiscal 2010, Homolovi Ruins, the only state park dedicated to Native American culture, is among facilities that could face closure as Arizona State Parks anticipates budget cuts.
Tour Homolovi Ruins State Park

Pima County considers parks closures, fee hikes

Pima County supervisors are expected to consider closing facilities and making other cuts to its parks department in an attempt to head off a budget deficit.

Phoenix news briefs

PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court will consider the CityNorth incentive-agreement case on June 1

Scottsdale/Northeast Valley news briefs

SCOTTSDALE – Residents are invited to a pair of open-house meetings this month to learn about a proposal to improve Pima Road from McDowell Road to Via Linda.

Scottsdale tourism budget takes big hit

The city bureau expects a 25% drop in funding.

Don’t slash funding for education in Ariz.

John Wright: Don’t cut funding for education.


Mohave Daily News

Supervisors to discuss salvage yard
KINGMAN – A Mohave Valley recycling and salvage yard will get a look Monday by the county supervisors.


Phoenix Business Journal

Grand Canyon University planning major expansion

University pays $50M for site it had been leasing, plans to build new 5,000-seat event center, dormitory and library, as well as expanding its classroom facilities.


Sierra Vista Herald

Property tax reformers prepare to hit streets

Monday, May 4, 2009 2:15 AM MST
ELFRIDA — As supporters of property tax reform prepare to hit the streets with petitions in hand, organizers are visiting communities to get the word out about Prop 13 Arizona.