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Local RDAs attempt to foil state budget

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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).

Brown’s Countdown, day 61: Cities shift redevelopments funds to foil

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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Branson Hunter

(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.

7 Comments

  1. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    Branson, Are you sure about 29 Palms?

    • Branson Hu nter says:

      Hi Larry, you quered am I “sure about 29″? I don’t understand the question. Sure about what?

      I believe the 29 RDA/City Council thinks they are doing the right thing. After all, other towns and cities are doing it, so it must be the right thing to do. The consulting firms are telling us hicks it’s the right thing. After all, they stand to carve $300,000 out of the deal for themselves. So it must be the right thing to do.

      Lemmings do the right thing too. It’s their nature. But it’s really not the right thing?

  2. Cora Heiser Cora Heiser says:

    Larry,
    Have you heard anything from city hall on a public q&a?

  3. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    Cora,just checked at the front desk and there’s nothing on the calendar for the meeting.

  4. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    Hi Branson,

    The addition of the part about 29 Palms is not part of the original Sacramento Bee article.

    You may want to make that point clear and or remove the reference in your piece to 29 Palms.

    Just a suggestion.

    • Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

      “(emphasis added)” wasn’t clear? I dropped it in the beginning (out of the article). Emphasis was added to add emphasis that it’s not only larger RDAs but towns and small cities, like 29.

      • Mark Clemons says:

        this was in the sun, more rda corruption in SB county

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        Airport leader is fired

        Rialto official seeks review
        Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
        Posted: 03/14/2011 05:18:00 PM PDT

        RIALTO – Interim City Administrator Mark Kling has fired Rich Scanlon, a contract employee at Rialto Municipal Airport, and has asked the District Attorney’s Office to investigate hangar rentals at the airport.
        Scanlon, who had formerly been director of aviation and solid waste management, was a city employee for some 30 years prior to his retirement in December. He began working on several airport-related projects as a contract employee in late January, Kling said.

        In February, Robb Steel, Rialto community development director, brought Kling, who at that time was police chief, documents which he thought suggested financial irregularities at the airport.

        Steel believed that some airport hangar rentals did not go to the redevelopment agency board as required by its guidelines, Kling said.

        Steel had assumed Scanlon’s duties after his retirement.

        Kling reviewed those documents and on Feb. 8, the City Council appointed him interim city administrator, in addition to his job as police chief.

        Wearing the hat of city administrator, Kling said he fired Scanlon last month, then helped him remove some of his belongings from city offices.

        Kling said he did not arrest Scanlon, nor did he handcuff him.

        Scanlon could not be reached for comment.

        Kling said he reported the irregularities personally to District Attorney Michael A. Ramos and asked for an investigation by the DA’s public integrity unit.

        The

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        matter was forwarded to the district attorney, Kling said, to maintain the city’s reputation and “ensure that we find out if there was criminal misconduct.”
        Kling said he wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest by having city police investigate one of the city’s former directors.

        “It is the right thing to do,” he said. “I am not going to get myself, or the city, in a position to have someone accuse us of trying to sweep things under the rug.”

        DA spokeswoman Susan Mickey would say only that her agency has received a referral from Kling.

        Kling said he has directed Steel to conduct an internal investigation of all airport operations, including those involving hangar rentals.

        Kling said this may result in updating certain city or RDA rules.

        Activities at Rialto’s municipal airport are winding down to make way for a large real estate development, which has been delayed by the poor economic climate.

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