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RDA Tears: Riverside County Gets Asses Handed to Them By Court… May Appeal.

By   /  March 18, 2014  /  Feature, Riverside Co  /  Comments Off

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Judge sides with state in redevelopment battle and, like 29 Palms’ fickled PROJECT PHOENIX, Judge Eugene Balonon agreed with the state’s argument that contracts between the county’s redevelopment agency were not “enforceable obligations” because the state law abolishing redevelopment was effective that day. The judge also denied the county’s request for $5 million to fund […]

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Another Southland City Gets Ass handed to it by Court

By   /  March 16, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  6 Comments

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 Another City, another lawsuit and another decision against a stubborn municipal government, unwilling to play by the rules. West Covina City administrators Friday warned that a recent decision in Sacramento Superior Court could result in the state raiding nearly all of West Covina’s $12 million cash reserve.  In an Article written in the The San […]

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State Department of Finance corrects Yucca Valley’s Math

By   /  January 1, 2014  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- A letter to the Town of Yucca Valley from the Department of Finance advises the math has been corrected to recover a bond reserve in the amount of $743,203 which was not reflected in the town’s beginning balance in the winding down of the RDA, Redevelopment Agency, and also denied payments of […]

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Citizens Stuck Paying for Hwy 62 Widening Costs?

By   /  November 7, 2013  /  Yucca Valley, yv feature  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- A small town with a small town attitude fails to help businesses coming into Yucca Valley or survive these hard economic times, unless you are a BFF of Staff.  The lack of notification and recent bad timing of installing the medians is cutting into businesses sales and will impact their bottom line […]

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Judge denies San Bernardino redevelopment fund protection

By   /  August 23, 2013  /  News  /  4 Comments

Riverside, CA— A federal bankruptcy judge denied a request on Thursday, Aug. 22, by San Bernardino officials to block state efforts to collect $15.2 million in disputed redevelopment funds from the city. However, Judge Meredith Jury held out the possibility that the city could seek future relief during a hearing in U.S. District Court in […]

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Alleged cover up, SB RDA implicated

By   /  June 7, 2013  /  San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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SAN BERNARDINO  SUN  | By By Ryan Carter  -  Former San Bernardino RDA official sues city The city’s former chief financial officer for its now-defunct Redevelopment Agency has filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging she was fired in an attempt to thwart her reporting of corruption at City Hall. In her lawsuit filed in San Bernardino Superior […]

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AG Kamala Harris Tells City, Let’s get this party started!!!

By   /  June 1, 2013  /  29 Palms, Project Phoenix, RDA  /  14 Comments

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May 30th City Attorney A. Patrick Munoz was served with the State of California’s Answer to his 1471 page Petition for a Writ of Mandate concerning the Cities Claim to the proceeds of the now defunct Redevelopment Agency. In a 4 Page response to his motion the State categorically and specifically denies all allegations. It […]

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REDEVELOPMENT: State audit says, oh no you don’t!

By   /  May 20, 2013  /  News, RDA, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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In March, the controller’s office released an audit finding that San Bernardino had failed to properly transfer about $529 million in former redevelopment agency assets. Thursday’s Riverside audit concluded that the city’s properties had been partially transferred to the successor agency on Jan. 31, 2012. The property deeds, though, remain with the city, meaning that […]

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Let’s Budget Nuaimi’s Termination for Fiscal 2012/2013.

By   /  May 11, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Having been inspired by our neighbors to the east with the termination of their city manager, Richard Warne, I have been contacted by citizens asking the costs to terminate town manager, Mark Nuaimi. It is a great question and the timing is right because Yucca Valley is preparing the budget for fiscal […]

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DHS Sells RDA Property Without State Approval

By   /  May 4, 2013  /  Riverside Co  /  1 Comment

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – Cities all across California are wrangling with the state Department of Finance to get permission to sell public properties owned by their former redevelopment agency (RDA). Millions of dollars of real estate are hung up over an inability of cities to sell those properties. One city did something no other […]

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Montebello, state have $7.4 million dispute over redevelopment

By   /  May 4, 2013  /  News, RDA  /  Comments Off

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MONTEBELLO — About $7.4 million is at stake in a dispute between the city and the state Department of Finance over who should get Montebello redevelopment funds. In a letter to City Administrator Francesca Tucker-Schuyler, Steve Szalay, local government consultant for the state Department of Finance, refused to recognize the redevelopment agency’s transfer of more […]

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Fraud Alleged – At Desert Hot Springs

By   /  April 30, 2013  /  Desert Hot Springs, Riverside Co  /  Comments Off

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Desert Hot Springs, CA– When the city handed off $1.4 million to purchase the Jewish Temple on Pierson Boulevard, the city manager did order a structural inspection of the buildings. A few weeks later the building was found unfit for occupancy, leaving the city with a demolition job and mostly vacant lot. Unable to use […]

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Let Loose The Dogs Of War: Twentynine Palms Sues

By   /  April 29, 2013  /  29 Palms, RDA  /  1 Comment

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The City of Twentynine Palms has declared war upon the State of California. In a direct act of contempt of a legal order to return funds to the State and defease and Cancel the Project Phoenix Bond Scam, the City of Twentynine Palms has filed a action for a Writ of Mandate against the State […]

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Lawmaker tries to revive redevelopment agencies

By   /  April 27, 2013  /  Opinion, RDA  /  Comments Off

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Lawmakers are considering a bill that could resurrect the state of California’s defunct redevelopment agencies. Assembly Bill 1080, introduced by Democrat Luis Alejo of Salinas, would establish special investment zones that would work just like the redevelopment agencies, which dissolved in February 2012. As you might remember, Gov. Jerry Brown shut down the $1.7 billion […]

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