The City plants 31 very pretty redwood trees in a local park. Some homeowners in the area are not happy, however. Because when those trees grow, they'll partially block the existing views of the City (and some other pretty things) from those homes. So the homeowners sue, claiming that their land has been "taken" by the City and demanding just compensation for their diminished views.
Can you guess where the homeowners live?
If you guessed "Beverly Hills" -- even after I omitted the name of the defendant in the caption -- give yourself a pat on the back. Exactly right.
The plaintiffs in this case live on Spalding Drive in Beverly Hills. Pretty near Beverly Hills High School Nice place. There's a nice two bedroom, two and a half bath home on that street. Will only set you back around four million.
Sadly, for the homeowners, it got a bit tougher. The Court of Appeal affirms the dismissal of their lawsuit.
They'll have to settle for a partially obstructed view.