Forum to answer questions on eminent domain
The term "eminent domain" may sound vaguely familiar, something that may or may not spark your interest.
But did you realize it means the government, or even a private entity, can force you to give up your house so a railroad, a parking lot, an office building or housing development can be built there? You must be reimbursed, but the property your family has owned since the days of the Spanish land grants is treated the same as the one your neighbor bought last year.
There are more legitimate purposes for the government exercising eminent domain: the taking of private property is for the "public use," according to the Constitution, but public use can be interpreted many ways.
To help people understand their rights, the San Antonio League is sponsoring a forum, Eminent Domain: What's It All About? on Monday, June 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the San Antonio Central Library, 600 Soledad. It is open to the public and free, as is parking in the library garage.
The moderator of the forum is former U.S. Rep. Charles Gonzalez.
Panelists are Cassie Gresham, principal, attorney and counselor at Braun and Gresham, PLLC, who will discuss legal aspects; Britin Bostick, principal at Stewardship Strategies. who will address the environmental impact; Marissa Patton, associate legislative director at Texas Farm Bureau, who will talk about legislative issues;
Eminent Domain: What's It All About?
When: Monday, June 4, 6-8 p.m.
Where: San Antonio Central Library, 600 Soledad
Details: Free, open to the public. Free parking in library garage. Questions: Call 210-657-2206.
and Michael Carpenter, mayor of Schertz, who will discuss municipal issues.
Information about Gonzalez, Gresham, Bostick and Patton is available in last month's newsletter, here.
Carpenter, who has just joined the panel, has served three consecutive two-year terms as mayor since being elected in 2012. Prior to his election as mayor he served on the Schertz City Council from 2005 to 2011. He has an associate degree in Paralegal Studies from Southwest Tennessee Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Memphis in Tennessee, a master of arts degree in Clinical Psychology from St Mary’s University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University.
For questions, please call 210-657-2206.