California continues its process of dismantling its redevelopment infrastructure. The state's redevelopment agencies disappeared on February 1, 2012, and today marks another key milestone. May 1 is the deadline for the creation of the Oversight Boards that will watch over the Successor Agencies as they dispose of redevelopment assets.
What does this mean? In many cases, nothing particularly significant. Oversight Boards have been empanelled for many Successor Agencies before today, and even once empanelled, there is no guarantee that anything will happen immediately. But ...
We all knew that redevelopment agencies wouldn't go down without a fight after the California Supreme Court delivered the elimination-knock-out-punch in California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos. As expected, agencies took a two-pronged approach to try and stave off their elimination: (1) through the legislature, and (2) through the court system. Friday delivered another one-two punch to redevelopment agencies, and this time they may be finally pinned in a corner.
Legislative Update: With respect to the legislative fix, we reported a few weeks ago that Senator ...
We're looking back on 2011's wild ride and looking forward to the twists and turns still in front of us in 2012. We've summarized all of this into the 2011 version of our annual Eminent Domain Year in Review piece.
For those who don't want to take the time to read the actual article, here are a few of the highlights:
- In January, Governor Brown proposed eliminating redevelopment agencies. In June, he finally got legislation to accomplish that goal. In August, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a legal challenge to the new law. And on December 29, the Supreme Court upheld the law dissolving ...
After our webinar on the California Supreme Court's decision in California Redevelopment Assn. v. Matosantos, we've received a number of requests for the materials both by folks who attended and those who missed the event. We've got you covered: you can find our Power Point slides here. But we can do even better: you can find the entire recording of the webinar here.
Let us know your thoughts. And, if you have any follow-up questions, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an e-mail.
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 California’s redevelopment agencies to proceed, but struck down ABX1 27, the voluntary buy back program that would have allowed redevelopment to continue. In particular:
- The Court had little difficulty upholding ABX1 ...
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 26, the dissolution measure, is a proper exercise of the legislative power vested in the Legislature by the state Constitution."
- "A different conclusion is required with respect to Assembly Bill 1X 27, the measure conditioning further ...
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 bill allowing for their reinstatement by the making of voluntary payments, seemed to be on much shakier grounds. The ...
Last Friday I spoke at the CLE Eminent Domain Conference in San Francisco. The topic of my talk was "The Death And Possible Rebirth of Redevelopment in California." I spoke on the current state of limbo in which redevelopment agencies find themselves as a result of the passage of ABX1 26 and ABX1 27 and the ensuing lawsuit challenging their constitutionality. While I mentioned that the California Supreme Court would be hearing arguments on November 10th, I neglected to mention how to access the webcast of the proceedings. For those interested in watching the arguments, direct ...
As you may recall, we've been closely following an eminent domain action pending in Sacramento County Superior Court involving the Rancho Cordova Redevelopment Agency. The case involves the RDA's efforts to acquire a 9-acre site owned by the Lily Company. After the property owner lost its challenge to the RDA's right to take the property, the case proceeded to a jury trial with respect to the property's value. The results are in, and it's not a happy ending (at least so far) for the RDA.
The Sacramento Bee reports in its article, "Price tag sky rockets for Rancho Cordova in land ...
I wanted to provide a quick update on what is going on in the lawsuits involving ABX1 26 and ABX1 27. For those trying to keep score on who stands where, the following is a list of the amicus briefs that have been filed.
In support of the CRA / League of Cities' position, seeking to overturn the laws:
- Association of California Cities - Orange
- City of Irvine
- Long Beach
- Public Interest Law Western Center
- San Bernardino County
- Southern California Coalition
- Southern California Non Profit Housing
- Riverside County
In support of the State's position, seeking to uphold the laws:
- Affordable Housing ...
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 the IRWA Chapter 67 lunch meeting, Governor Brown's plan to eliminate redevelopment is not part of some long-planned effort. According to a presentation by one of my partners, Gale Connor, when now Governor Brown was ...
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