Eminent Domain op-ed
Charity Osborn wrote in the News Tribune last weekend about the recent Supreme Court eminent domain case. She voices the concern that the Revised Code of Washington allows local governments to designate property as blighted, then condemn and sell it to the highest bidder.
A significant part of the problem is that local governments around the country have used a broad definition of blighted in order to condemn private property and sell it to private entities who are preferred by the local government.
We should consider putting stronger protections of private property into the county charter. The least politically connected people are most at risk.