The League of California Cities and other groups have filed suit to stop California from dissolving city redevelopment agencies. We examine the role of the agencies. What effects would the cuts have on local governments?

Two budget bills signed in June by the state Legislature would eliminate redevelopment agencies by October, but cities involved in the suit — including San Jose — say those laws are unconstitutional and ignore voter demands.

Redevelopment on the Ropes 20 July,2011forum

Guests:
Chris McKenzie, executive director of the League of California Cities
H.D. Palmer, deputy director of external affairs for the California Department of Finance
John Myers, KQED's Sacramento bureau chief

  • Lmolina

    Is there any way to hear this program from the Central Valley? I am the Mayor of the City of Patterson and I am in support of Chris’ point of view, the lawsuit and supporting our local efforts to build capacity for our residents.

    Luis I. Molina
    Mayor

    • Guest

      The program is streamed online (click “Listen Live”) or the audio will be available online to download around 5:30 today

    • Dbrazil

      We are also in support of Chris’s stance with the league of cities on the lawsuit for RDA.  With out RDA money, many of these small towns like ours will not be able to improve our town and make improvments that have already been in the planning stages. Every city will suffer, but the results will be the same for all of us……we all lose!

      Dennis Brazil
      Mayor, Gustine, Ca

      • Do Cities ever think without the League spoonfeeding them?

    • No what the Central Valley needs is to live within it’s means and it can begin by having revenues in your general fund not the RDA cash machine. Look at your budget, why is all the money is the RDA agency? Why?

  • Lee Thé

    Note that
    the redevelopment agencies often act as the muscle of the New Urbanist
    movement, which preaches raising housing density in communities radically,
    supposedly as an anodyne to urban sprawl. But they never reduce the sprawl—they
    just turn pleasant cities into Manhattan. 

    The underlying assumption is that population increase is inevitable and can’t
    be resisted. But they can: just don’t issue more water permits. Developers and
    trade unions don’t like this, of course, and often/usually get to the city
    councils. 

    The result: since I moved to the Bay Area its population has more
    than doubled.

     

    This is a
    good thing how? Our freeways become parking lots daily.

     

    Lee Thé

  • Guest

    When cuts are made to State Govt., neither party is capable of looking inside the line items.  They only look to cut big items, legal or not, and NEVER find ways to make govt. more efficient.

    According to the new budget, the courts have been cut so it will take even longer for this to be heard in the Court System.

    Also according to the budget, if these Redevelopment Funds is illegal, K-12 education will be cut.  Jerry Brown knows this, and it is just a back-door way to cut K-12 Education without telling voters up front.

    Neither party is interested in Education.

    • Guest

      I meant, if the seizure of Redevelopment Funds is illegal, K-12 education will be cut…

      • Exactly, it is not local revenue it is authorized tax increment revenue diverted from schools.  The growth is tax increment cannot be accounted for any so-called RDA growth, studies have proven that it is the natural growth in taxes.

        Cities do not belong in private ventures they need to focus on managing core municipal services.

         City of San Bernardino has a RDA baseball stadium, debt

        $1.1 million per year yet the city has closed libraries and parks and increased taxes for more police that were never hired.

        Almost 4 million spent to buy dead mall. $400k spent on policing empty mall.

        So why if RDA is so great and this city spends 30% of its’ property taxes, why is it a ghost town? Where are the new police?

  • Really, the wealthy in San Francisco cannot make it without taking millions from the RDA to re-vitalize Market Street? Market Street is filled with homeless beggers. Lastly, private investment would have been made by private capital if there was a “real market’ for anything on that street.

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