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Tortoise Test Track Tiff

In California City (north of Edwards Air Force Base), the state's third largest city, but smallest in population, there's a bit of a brou-ha-ha over the condemnation of property for Hyundai to build a $50 million test track.

California City fathers used the Redevelopment Act to condemn property for Hyundai because of the jobs and taxes it will bring to the City. The only glitch is that some believe the Act requires the land to be urbanized and blighted.

This high desert land is anything but, in the minds of the owners of the land. They say it's pure desert, and that's the way the land has been for hundreds of years. On the other hand, the unemployment rate is 11.4 percent, and four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes sell for $150,000 - less than half the state's median housing price. Plus, 2,600 of the town's 12,000 residents are federal prisoners. Sounds like blight to me.

Not to be outdone by a mere legal interpretation, though, two environmental groups have sued claiming that the track affects certain endangered species. In response, Hyundai hired former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit to get the necessary permits, and the company is protecting and relocating the threatened Mojave ground squirrel and desert tortoise.

Meanwhile, the track is being built.

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