When Governor Brown eliminated California’s redevelopment agencies with one swipe of his pen (OK, fine, he had a bit of help from the California Supreme Court as well), one of the things that got a bit lost in the ensuing chaos is the fact that California’s redevelopment law had evolved over the decades, becoming hopelessly intertwined with any number of other laws.
One such law is the Polanco Act, Health and Safety Code sections 33459 et seq. The Polanco Act provided the government with tools to clean up contaminated property. More specifically, it allowed the government either to ...
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 stalled. In an open letter to the Governor, five key Republican senators announced:
Although it is clear that you [the Governor] engaged in our conversation seriously, it appears we have reached an impasse.
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