By: CABPRO Staff
CABPRO recently investigated what appears to be an attempt at taking property rights. It began three years ago, when purported developer Ian Garfinkel wanted easement rights across local land owners Bill and Anna Trabucco’s property, and later Paul Manuel’s property. Trabucco’s property is a cattle ranch and under the protection of a conservation easement, and Manuel’s property is a vineyard. The story of Garfinkel’s lawsuit against the Trabuccos and the Nevada County Land Trust has been a news item over the last couple of years. As the time for a final judgment on this case draws near, CABPRO wanted to gain a better understanding of the situation.
Three aspects of the case were investigated and produced the following observations:
1. The Garfinkel property in question is not landlocked.
2. The Trabucco property in question is additionally protected from residential development and easements by a pre-existing, legally binding conservation easement, and
3. Reportedly, alleged historic road easements do not and did not exist on either property.