Tag Archives: Budget

End of Redevelopment in California: More on Yesterday’s Supreme Court Decision

Yesterday, we reported briefly on the Supreme Court’s decision in California Redevelopment Assn. v. Matosantos.  As many of you undoubtedly know by now, the outcome was the nightmare redevelopment agencies feared most, but that many (including us) had forecast after listening to oral argument last month.  The Court upheld ABX1 26, allowing the dissolution of … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Upholds Law Eliminating California’s Redevelopment Agencies

Today, the California Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated opinion in California Redevelopment Assn. v. Matosantos, the case challenging ABX1 26 and ABX1 27.  In a decision foreshadowed by the tone of last month’s oral argument, the Court upheld ABX1 26, but struck down ABX1 27 as a violation of California’s Proposition 22: "Assembly Bill 1X … Continue Reading

How Tax Cuts and Eminent Domain Got Tangled Up

The debate over the extensions of some of the Bush-era tax cuts have been making national news for some time.  It’s splattered all over the newspaper and has its own running commentary on the political talk shows.  But today, there’s a different twist for those of us who deal with eminent domain.  Congress is debating … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on the Future of Redevelopment

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in California Redevelopment Assn. v. Matosantos, the action filed by the California Redevelopment Association, League of California Cities and others challenging the constitutionality of ABX1 26 and ABX1 27.  Based upon their questions it appeared that the Justices were satisfied that ABX1 26, the bill abolishing redevelopment agencies, passes constitutional muster.  However, ABX1 27, the … Continue Reading

Redevelopment: Supreme Court Denies Request for Clarification and Other Random Thoughts

As probably everyone following this blog already knows, redevelopment is under attack in California.  While some might assume the attack flows from continued outrage over the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision, the reality is actually quite different.  Here in California, the driving force is not moral outrage, but budgetary crisis.  As I learned earlier this week at … Continue Reading

California Redevelopment Heading for the 2012 Ballot?

The California redevelopment circus continues today, as California’s Secretary of State approved two potential referendums for the 2012 ballot.  One involves rural homeowners and payments for fire services; for our purposes, it’s not very exciting (and since I’m pretty sure I don’t live in a rural area, I’m not going to join that fray).  But … Continue Reading

Redevelopment Lawsuit: Response by California Attorney General

The battle continues over redevelopment in California.  Yesterday, the Attorney General filed an "Informal Opposition to Petition for Writ of Mandate."  The document is 20 pages long, with a 4-page list of Legal Authorities, so it really isn’t very "informal"; still, that’s what she called it. Not surprisingly, Attorney General Kamala Harris takes the positions … Continue Reading

The Future of Redevelopment: From Elimination to Reform?

As we have previously reported (Fate of Redevelopment Remains in Limbo), the bills to eliminate redevelopment agencies have languished due to Republican opposition.  With so many redevelopment agencies scrambling to use or secure redevelopment funds in an effort to protect them from being taken by Sacramento and with shortfalls in property tax revenues due to declining … Continue Reading
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