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

Posted in Court Decisions, Redevelopment

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

Posted in Court Decisions, Redevelopment

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

Posted in Projects

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

Posted in 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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

The Calm Before the Storm

Posted in Redevelopment

Despite daily rumors to the contrary, neither chamber took up the issue of redevelopment last week. Both the Senate and Assembly held brief floor sessions Friday morning without voting on either SB 77 or AB 101, the bills eliminating redevelopment. While both houses remained on-call over weekend and today, the next floor sessions are not… Continue Reading

The Budget and Redevelopment: Plan B?

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Another day has passed with no apparent movement on the two remaining elements of the Governor’s budget.  Rumors are circulating that plans are afoot for bypassing Republican legislators by placing a tax measure on the November ballot.  Officially, the Governor’s office remains focused on the original plan.  In fact, the Governor’s spokesman, Gil Duran, was… Continue Reading

Fate of Redevelopment Remains in Limbo

Posted in Redevelopment

Both the Senate and Assembly have adjourned for the weekend, but what a week it has been in the battle over the future of redevelopment. The bill to kill redevelopment, SB 77, came up for multiple votes in the Assembly on Wednesday. The bill initially garnered only 50 of the 54 votes needed for the… Continue Reading

Initial Vote on Bill to End Redevleopment Falls Short

Posted in Redevelopment

SB 77 – the budget trailer bill to eliminate redevelopment agencies in California - has been debated on the Assembly floor much of the afternoon.  When it finally came time to vote at a little after 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, it was still unclear whether Governor Brown would receive the two-thirds vote necessary.  As the votes came… Continue Reading

A More Personal View of the Redevelopment Fight from National City

Posted in Redevelopment, Right to Take

We’ve blogged a lot in the past two months about redevelopment issues and the Governor’s plan to help right California’s budget by, among other things, eliminating redevelopment agencies.  But most of what we’ve written has viewed redevelopment from the 30,000 foot level.  For policy-making decisions, viewing the big picture is hugely important.  But a case… Continue Reading

Vote on Redevelopment Agencies’ Future Uncertain

Posted in Redevelopment

Just when it looked liked we had reached the eleventh hour in the California’s redevelopment battle, redevelopment agencies appear to be getting at least a temporary stay of execution. Governor Brown had declared a March 10 deadline for a vote on his proposal to overhaul California’s budget, including "disestablishing" redevelopment agencies.  But on Monday, those efforts… Continue Reading

Summary of Obama Administration’s Infrastructure Budget Proposal

Posted in Projects

Nossaman’s Infrastructure Practice Group regulary provides updates on infrastructure projects and finance issues across the country on its blog, Infrainsightblog.com.  When the group provides an update that we think is informative for our readers, we try to mention it here.  One recent article by our Infrastructure Group, "New Surface Transportation Legislation Likely to Encounter Many Roadblocks in the Coming… Continue Reading

Agencies Scramble to Secure Redevelopment Funds as New Legislation to Abolish Redevelopment Agencies Surfaces

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Around California, agencies are scrambling to use or secure redevelopment funds in an effort to protect against anticipated legislation to abolish redevelopment agencies in California.  We’ve been following the story for weeks, but things are really heating up now.  As just a few examples from the past couple of days: A City of Perris councilman,… Continue Reading

New Salvo in Battle Over Redevelopment

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In a report issued in advance of today’s Senate Subcommittee hearing on the issue, the Legislative Analyst’s Office reiterated its support for the Governor’s call for an end to redevelopment in California.  While acknowledging that redevelopment does lead to economic development within redevelopment project areas, the report asserts that there is no reliable evidence that… Continue Reading

Battle Over the Future of Redevelopment in California Rages On

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In the wake of the Governor’s proposal to abolish all redevelopment agencies, State Controller John Chiang announced that his auditors “would be reviewing” 18 redevelopment agencies.  As he stated in his press release, The heated debate over whether the RDAs are the engines of local economic job growth or are simply scams providing windfalls to political… Continue Reading

Battle Over Redevelopment Agencies’ Future Continues in California

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Earlier this month, we reported on the Governor’s budget proposal, which includes the bold plan to "disestablish" (my new favorite word) redevelopment agencies as part of his plan to shore up California’s budget.  We then told you about how the budget proposal interacts with Proposition 22, passed last November.  Not surprisingly, the story is far… Continue Reading

Governor’s Response to Redevelopment Agencies About Proposition 22: The Nuclear Option

Posted in Redevelopment

The large pool of tax increment revenue flowing to the state’s 400-plus redevelopment agencies has long made a tempting target for a cash strapped State.  Time and again Sacramento has dipped into this pool to offset budget deficits.  Local interests have fought back, both at the ballot box (e.g., 2004′s successful Proposition 1A "Protection of… Continue Reading