Docket No. S.F. 23606.

22 Cal.3d 144 (1978)

583 P.2d 165

148 Cal. Rptr. 640

ARTHUR E. JONES et al., Plaintiffs and Respondents, v. THE PEOPLE EX REL. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California.

September 15, 1978.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Harry S. Fenton, Robert F. Carlson, Gordon S. Baca and Richard B. Williams for Defendant and Appellant.

Evelle J. Younger, Attorney General, E. Clement Shute, Jr., R.H. Connett, Assistant Attorneys General, Richard C. Jacobs, Deputy Attorney General, John H. Larson, County Counsel (Los Angeles), and Marie Stephens, Deputy County Counsel, as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Appellant.

Desmond, Miller, Desmond & Bartholomew, Stephen James Wagner and Richard F. Desmond for Plaintiffs and Respondents.

Gideon Kanner, Fadem, Berger, McIntire & Norton, Michael M. Berger, Goldstein, Barceloux & Goldstein, Burton J. Goldstein, Rogers, Vizzard & Tallett, John D. Rogers, Hahn Cazier Hoegh & Leff, Ernest Leff and Andrew E. Katz as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Respondents.



Plaintiffs, Arthur and Susan Jones, are the owners of nine and one-half acres of Sacramento County land, fronting on Fair Oaks Boulevard. They purchased the property in 1963, and thereafter the Department of Public Works (now the Department of Transportation) announced plans to construct a freeway which would cross the northern portion of the property, requiring the acquisition of approximately two and one-half acres...

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