Brisco Ivester & Bazel LLP – Newsletter for June 2015

San Francisco Environmental & Natural Resources Lawyers

June 5, 2015

State Lands Commission to Make Itself Judge of Who Owns What Land

The State Lands Commission, charged with administering some of the tide and submerged lands owned by the State, is constructing its own administrative proceeding to decide who owns land the Commission claims is owned by the State. Boundaries of lands near water —   or formerly near water, for that matter — are often difficult to ascertain. Ownership is equally often in legitimate dispute. Until now, the Commission would sue in an independent court to determine who actually owned the land it claimed. The proposed administrative proceeding, in which the Commission will be both prosecutor and judge, will have broad powers to extract fines of $1,000 per day or more from persons who do not readily acquiesce in the State’s land claims, and agree to give over their lands.


John Briscoe

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