The segment is part of Hannity & Colmes' "It Could Happen to You" series, which focuses a spotlight on examples of eminent domain abuse ever since the Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. New London, Connecticut last June opened the door for taking private property and giving it to private developers whose projects will increase the City's tax revenues. The show's producers spent the better part of one Sunday interviewing members of the Church's congregation, as well as CCJ Assistant Director Karen Lugo, who has been instrumental in organizing the congregation's response to the City's condemnation plans.
"Every church, every private home, is now at risk of condemnation," according to Eastman, "because there will always be a use for property that brings in more tax revenues for the City. But the notion that Government's purpose is to bloat itself on tax revenues rather than secure the inalienable rights of its citizens, including the right to own property, is completely foreign to the principles on which this nation was founded."
Watch the program, which is available on-line via streaming video here. Click on the "Video" button in the upper right of the page, then click on the "Hellish Fight" video link.
Then help us do something to stop eminent domain abuse. Call the office of Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill at (562) 570-6801, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Barbara Keiser, Executive Director of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, at (562) 570-6340, or e-mail her at email@example.com. Let the City hear your views about their efforts to close down a vibrant community church.