Sacramento — California’s 1940s-era urban-renewal program, known as “redevelopment,” died an unexpected death in June 2011 when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law killing the agencies. But redevelopment’s longtime critics have had a hard time celebrating their victory given the endless efforts to reanimate it.
First, redevelopment supporters took their case to the state Supreme Court, but the justices in December 2011 OK’d the law ending the program and overturned a related law that would have allowed the agencies to exist in a different form.
Then in 2012, the Legislature passed several bills to bring back redevelopment, but Brown vetoed them. In 2013, Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg’s bill (SB 1) to bring back Redevelopment Lite didn’t even make it to the governor’s desk. But as we start 2014, redevelopment supporters are again trying to bring RDAs back — not just in the Legislature, but on a statewide ballot.
The Urban Land Institute is pushing legislation that would revive redevelopment agencies, according to reports. And right before Christmas, a ghostlike initiative called the California Jobs and Education Development Initiative Act was filed with the state attorney general’s office. It would revive redevelopment and place it on steroids.
It’s “ghostlike” because it’s hard to find much information about the measure…………..
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