April 6, 2021
The Pendulum Land Podcast crew ventured down to the Big Easy for its first ever live podcast recording at the 2021 Transportation Symposium and the International Right of Way Association's Region 2 and Region 6 Joint forum. Special guests Wade Brown (American Acquisition Group) and Erin Newberry (HDR) joined the podcast as representatives of their respective regions for a trivia contest with an incredible prize on the line. Along the way, your hosts examined the history of American interstate and railroad infrastructure, as well as some fun trivia about the airline industry. This episode is full of interesting information about the right of way industry and features plenty of laughs along the way. And listen to audience reviews at the end of the show!
March 23, 2021
Your hosts examine the recent Virginia Supreme Court case of Johnson v. City of Suffolk and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District where the Court ruled on whether two Virginia agencies were responsible for condemning oysters, oyster leases and oyster beds because of pollution in local rivers. Frequent PLP commentator Robert Thomas of the Pacific Legal Foundation weighs in on behalf of the watermen. Ross Greene, the current Chair of Pender & Coward's Eminent Domain / Right of Way Practice Group and editor of an eminent domain blog "Rightofway.law" argued the case before the Virginia Supreme Court on behalf of the City and offers his theories. Which way did this landmark decision go?
March 9, 2021
In February 2021, Winter Storm Uri plunged temperatures in the state of Texas to historic lows for nearly a week and neither the state's infrastructure nor the power grid was prepared for this event. Texas energy litigation attorney Chrysta Castañeda joins the podcast to explain how the Lone Star State's insistence on being on its own power grid contributed to this tragedy, the devastating effects of the storm and why it could happen again. Citizens died, homes were destroyed, insurance losses rivaled those of Hurricane Harvey and the overall cost of this catastrophe may top $200 billion. This may not be an eminent domain discussion, but it is certainly a right of way infrastructure issue that we will all learn from.
Special thanks to this episode's co-sponsor, State Farm Insurance agent Bryan Rheay for making this episode possible. Bryan serves citizens and businesses throughout the great state of Texas for all of their insurance needs and is there for his clients when they are victimized by events beyond their control....like Winter Storm Uri.
February 23, 2021
Seattle superstar lawyers Matt Hansen and Tara O'Hanlon from the law firm of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP have tried not one but TWO eminent domain jury trials during the COVID pandemic. One was socially distanced in a convention center, and the other was conducted completely virtually via Zoom. With millions of dollars of agency money on the line, these trailblazers treaded brand new ground. How did they do it? What were the obstacles? Could there have been any benefits to them and their clients? What was the outcome with all of that money on the line? And how can these two be from Seattle, but know nothing about Pearl Jam? (Your hosts were horrified!) Listen in to find out!
February 9, 2021
Nossaman, LLP's Brad Kuhn joins your hosts to discuss sea level rise and wildfires in the context of inverse condemnation, as well as the projected effects of COVID-19 on the real estate market and the Uniform Relocation Act. Our SoCal attorney friend also gives his assessment of Snoop Dogg and Sublime in this coast to coast episode. And don't miss a special announcement---the inaugural class of the Infrastructure Junkie Hall of Fame!!
January 26, 2021
Welcome back, Infrastructure Junkies! Season 2 of the Pendulum Land Podcast kicks off with some grand ideas on how to enrich your career in the right of way industry. Tim Drennan and Amir Vafamanesh from the International Right of Way Association join your hosts with their tips and tricks. Along the way, they discuss favorite smokers (as in The Big Green Egg, not your great aunt Helen), celebrity encounters and Kristen's prodigious vocabulary. Don't miss this "fortuitous" episode! For more information on opportunities that IRWA affords, visit the IRWA website.
December 15, 2020
If you serve (or want to serve) as an expert witness in an eminent domain case, this episode is for you! Find out the qualities of an effective expert witness, as well as the weaknesses and potential areas of exploitation. (BTW, does watching enough TV make you an expert in a field? Kristen seems to think that she has watched enough Grey's Anatomy to perform minor surgery!) What famous actors cannot act? And what was your first concert? Listen on to find out in this final episode of Season 1 of the Pendulum Land Podcast!
December 8, 2020
The lovely and talented Andrea Carolan returns for the second installment of her interview with the Pendulum Land Podcast. Hear more about Australian eminent domain procedures, and listen in on a spirited debate about aussie rock bands and movie stars!
December 1, 2020
This is the first episode of a two part series with aussie right of way expert, Andrea Carolan. Andrea educates the Pendulum Land crew on the Australian right of way industry. Learn how her country handles "Compulsory Acquisition" (eminent domain) and "Disturbance" (relocation benefits) and find out how she has miraculously managed to survive for this long in a land of so many deadly creatures. Watch out for funnel spiders and the most dangerous Australian animal of them all, the kangaroo.....?
November 17, 2020
Wayne's World invades the Pendulum Land Podcast! Your hosts discuss whether an eminent domain appraisal differs from a "regular" appraisal, they examine the three most common valuation methodologies, debate whether appraisers can really be objective, and identify a few shady appraisal tactics. Party on! Excellent!!
November 10, 2020
Landowner attorney Jeremy Hopkins brings buckets of his Kool Aid to the Pendulum Land Podcast crew. He presents the landowner's perspective on the inequities of eminent domain and the shortfalls of the Uniform Relocation Act...and manages to get Ross's dander up in the process. Listen to his explanation as to why landowners have no voice in the process, as well as why he thinks they fund the demise of their own property rights. But never fear! Your hosts find time to discuss guilty pleasures.
November 3, 2020
In this bonus trailer, Kristen and Dave preview future episodes, share right of way Haiku, and give more listener shout outs. Don't miss this!!
October 27, 2020
In this topical episode, your hosts examine what to do if marked or unmarked gravesites lie within the path of an infrastructure project...OR if George Washington slept beneath a cherry tree in the path. Along the way, they debate best Halloween costumes and candy, scariest movies, and worst ways to die. (Too much? I thought so.)
October 20, 2020
Kristen reveals her craziest encounters while clearing a right of way. Let's just say there were lots of snakes, a strip club, cat hoarders, and uhmmmm....dogs which were not house trained. At all. See who would play your hosts in a movie and weigh in on the most pressing question of all: Kid Rock or Eminem?