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 from over. A January 21 article in the Los Angeles Times by Patrick McGreevy, "Cities may sue governor over his redevelopment proposal," reports that earlier today, more than 100 mayors and city council members came together to condemn Governor Brown's proposal,
calling it an illegal money grab and warning that they will sue the state if it is adopted.
Within a few hours, the Governor's office reacted, claiming the proposal was perfectly legal:
Redevelopment agencies were created by an act of the Legislature, and they can be eliminated by an act of the Legislature. It's time for all of us, including local government leaders, to set aside narrow perspectives and turf wars and act as Californians first to address the state’s budget deficit.
I'm guessing things are just getting started. Be prepared for a wild ride.
Rick Rayl is an experienced litigator on a broad range of complex civil litigation issues. His practice is concentrated primarily on eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and other real-estate-valuation disputes. His public ...
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