The California Supreme Court sided with California Governor Jerry Brown's plan to build two giant water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, agreeing that the state does not have to pay rent to landowners in exchange for the use of private property for preliminary testing. According to officials, the tests would not significantly interfere with or damage the land and they should only be reimbursed for actual damage.

However, property owners in the area argued that the tests were lengthy and invasive, thus requiring them to be compensated for state use of the land:

"The law is simple, the government must pay for the use of private property for public benefit regardless of what the government needs to use the property for," attorneys for property owner, Property Reserve, Inc., said in court documents.

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