One of our readers sent me an email in response to the article we published last month on 270 Acres in San Francisco under Consideration for Endangered Species Protection. He feels strongly that these land restrictions are getting out of hand. He has asked me to post his response in the hope that you will join him in sending a petition to our elected officials.
Here is Jim’s message to me:
Great job Re-Insider, Jim Miller here, Owner/Broker of American Eagle Realty, in Southern Cal. Riverside /San Diego border, Temecula. We help good folks buy and sell LAND, Acreage, Ranches and Ag-properties.
For 13 years I’ve loved land and the many uses of it. The freedom of land ownership is the core of country living, raising your own beef, vegetables, raising your kids to work hard and harvest the rewords of an honest day’s labor. On 5 acres of land a family could feed themselves and the kids would be so busy they wouldn’t have time to become the state’s next problem.
This great state of California is heading down a path of self-destruction between the restrictions imposed to develop raw land and the ENDANGERED SPECIES. We have already destroyed the dreams of 30% to 40% of good hard working people that just want a peaceful way of life to raise their kids right and true. I see it every day and the restrictions/high fees are only getting worse. It appears to be a matter of MONEY. In most cases if you have an open check book there is always a way for the state or county planning department to allow you to develop your land as you wish and that’s the greatest wrong of all, the word (ALLOW).
I FEEL SO STRONGLY ABOUT THIS INJUSTICE, I would like your help in starting a state wide petition, to let our elected officials know that the people of this Great State of California are fed-up with being bossed around on our own land! Below are some suggestions of points to be made.
*If the Special interest groups in this State want to protect a Rat or frog or butterfly, they should have that right. So they, themselves should buy the land, put down their own group’s hard earned money and just buy it, and give it to the State for public parks. That way they can visit their little friends any time they want. Fish and game should only be concerned with State LAND and parks. They have no business in private property.
*Mandate a 15% no disturbance area for private land owners State wide, and here’s how it should read: any private land owner with 5 acres or more as part of their develop process will delegate 15% of their land by their own choosing, no reports or fees will be imposed but it must be mapped out on their plot map, no questions asked. If every land owner gave up 15% of their property to wildlife this State and all the furry little friends would be fine. The 15% must be donated by the land owner in one piece and by their own delegation.
Thank you for your hard work and your time I have other ideas and a lot of neighbors fed-up with these States restrictions, high fees, and loss of freedom.
Please respond when you get a chance. The newest Endangered Species to hit the list in the State of California is human beings and their freedom of property ownership.
Jim Miller, Owner/Broker
American Eagle Realty