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Monday, 27 February 2012


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There have been many land deals made by CCA and its competitors around the country where a price far above the value of comparable land was paid. Cornell bought land in Hudson, Colorado, for perhaps five times what it was worth. CCA bought land in Pahrump, Nevada for a similar inflated price.

What we should suspect in these cases is that the inflated price may be allowing bribes to be paid from the excess price. Hard to prove, without a whistleblower, but hope spring eternal.

Barbara Stratton

Is gently orienting the Land Bank Authority to Sunshine Law compliance going to be a joint LAKE transparancy in government venture or am I riding solo? Since their purpose is to acquire, transfer, divest, etc. land for the common good, real time exposure of this public good should be welcomed. I'm sure it is just an oversight that to date I have never seen a posted meeting date and the city web site has never listed anything but "occasionally" for a meeting schedule. Perhaps they think citizens would be bored and not interested in their meetings and we just need to let them know we are interested. Currently I'm interested in the construction for Dupont on St. Augustine.

Also we need to keep watch to make sure SB 284, which would legislate the formation of a regional land bank with greatly enhanced acquisition powers, does not rise from the 2011 session ashes. If getting information from the local land bank authority is so difficult, can you imagine trying to keep up with a regional entity and all the creative land deal possibilities.

Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

See this post: http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/2012/02/gently-orienting-the-land-bank-authority-to-sunshine-law-compliance-barbara-stratton.html
What's the address on St. Augustine?
Pictures of whatever sign is up there?
Can Mara Register tell you who the board members are, when they meet, or provide agendas and minutes?

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