The City of Big Bear Lake recently got its clock cleaned in the same court that we are about to have the City of Twentynine Palms be heard on much the very same issues. They lost, as will Twentynine Palms. A great read if you like reading this kind of stuff.
This is another in a line of cases challenging actions by the Department of Finance (“DOF”) administering the dissolution of California’s redevelopment agencies. Here, the former Big Bear Lake Redevelopment Agency (“RDA”) transferred $2.6 million to the City of Big Bear Lake (“the City”) in the waning days of redevelopment. DOF determined this transfer was not supported by an “enforceable obligation.” As a result, the funds must be returned and reallocated to local taxing entities. DOF’s determination was correct. The petition [for Writ of Mandate] is thus denied.