Judge Ronald L. Bauer's order tossing the Laguna Terrace Park controversy to unelected bureaucrats on the California Coastal Commission should not escape close scrutiny ("Judge rules against owner," July 15).
Free people have a fundamental right to own and enjoy private property without interference. Indeed, the right to private property supports all other political and civil rights. The alternative is government ownership and control, which diminishes individual choice and fosters dependency and oppression.
Unfortunately, this most basic of civil rights is all too often subverted and, worse, stamped with the judiciary's approval; a sadder example that this is so can hardly be imagined. As a result of this judge's ruling, the fate of the mobile home park's owner, and those in Laguna Terrace, is fraught with uncertainty.
Members of the Coastal Commission are not accountable to the electorate, but the same cannot be said for Superior Court judges. This uninstructed order earns Bauer a "no" vote the next time he seeks reelection. Judges need to honor individual liberty, not undermine it.