New London moves in for the kill

Updated The New London Development Corporation has reneged on a moratorium on eminent domain actions in Connecticut, telling residents of the Fort Trumbull neighborhood that they must vacate within 90 days and pay rent within that period.

“The NLDC’s actions are breathtaking in their arrogance and defiance of the wishes of Governor Rell and Connecticut’s legislature,’ said Scott Bullock, a senior attorney at the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Justice, which represents the Fort Trumbull homeowners. “The NLDC is an unelected, unaccountable body that has been given the government’s eminent domain power and is out of control. It is time Connecticut’s political leaders at the state and local levels reel in this group that has been abusing the rights of New London property owners,’ he added.

Less than two months ago, on July 26, 2005, the NLDC agreed to honor a moratorium called for by the Connecticut legislature and agreed not to seek to take possession of the homes while the legislature considered changing its eminent domain laws. — Institute for Justice (Via Hit and Run)

Pissed-off locals have formed a political party called One New London and are running a slate of candidates for New London City Council, in opposition to this use of eminent domain. “I cannot accept having my taxes lowered by driving others out of their property. It’s morally unacceptable,’ said Dr. Charles Frink, one of the candidates and a long time New London resident.

The candidates will appear on public access cable channel 25 in New London on Thursday at 7 p.m.

And finally, in some good news, “an Arizona judge has rejected a plan to seize land in Tempe for a shopping mall. ‘The anticipated private purposes and benefits outweigh any public benefit or purpose,’ said Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fields in a ruling released yesterday. “Profit, not public improvement, is the motivating force for this redevelopment.” — Hit and Run

Update September 16: Connecticut governor M. Jodi Rell has ordered the New London Development Corporation to back off. It has rescinded its eviction notices.

(Hat tips to Hammer of Truth and Liberty for Sale.)