Local RDAs are demanding a taxpayer’s Stimulus Package. No, they are not demanding… they are conspiracy right before our eyes in the biggest money grap in California history.
Twentynine Palms is onboard the bozo bus, attempting to usurp millions that California so desperately needs to shift to schools, local and county governments during the most chilling economic downturn in California’s history.
• City of Twentynine Palms in the Hi-Desert rushing to bond in a $5 million to include financing of a performing arts center (emphasis added).
Sacramento Bee | Friday, Mar. 11, 2011 |
Local government leaders across California are hurriedly shifting redevelopment agency properties and money into city coffers ahead of a possible state move to abolish redevelopment and redistribute unspent funds.
It’s unclear if such maneuvers will work. Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget also contains language allowing some of the transfers to be reversed or at the least wind up in court.
“This is going to be lawyers’ delight,” said John Shirey, executive director of the California Redevelopment Association.
Among the moves this week:
• Sacramento city officials approved the transfer of $1.4 million in redevelopment money to the city for a museum project and a promenade along the river.
• The city of Los Angeles passed a series of measures aimed at tying up $1 billion in redevelopment funds in contracts, projects and loans.
• The city of Santa Clara transferred $205 million plus 178 acres of property from its redevelopment agency to other local entities, including the authority working on a new stadium for the 49ers.
• Alameda County transferred 11 properties from its agency to the county and tied up $61.5 million in redevelopment funds through loans, contracts and agreements.
The last-minute transfers come as state lawmakers near a vote on the budget, which includes Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate the roughly 400 local redevelopment agencies statewide and redistribute the funds. The Governor’s Office projects the move will erase $1.7 billion of the state’s $26.6 billion budget deficit.
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