Prof. Willis was quoted by the Daily Journal about the eminent domain that can be adopted by San Bernardino County, despite being advised otherwise by the Federal Housing and Finance Agency.
Professor Lauren Willis was quoted by the Daily Journal regarding the possible eminent domain that can be adopted by San Bernardino County to service the county's underwater mortgages; an effort contrary to what the Federal Housing and Finance Agency advised the county's officials. Professor Willis compared the effort with a similar initiative with the housing in Hawaii. In the story, she was quoted saying:
"The main authority is Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff. [The Supreme Court] said that it was constitutional to use eminent domain to change the way landholding was working in Hawaii - a few landowners owned all the land, and everyone else had to rent. The state then took the land and resold it to individuals, because it was in the best interest of the community as a whole. It's the same situation here."