‘Redevelopment’ Archive

‘The End’ of Redevelopment Agencies December 30, 2011 1 Comment

The best news of a rather dreary year. Redevelopment has done a few good things, like gaslamps, but they could as easily be done through Business Improvement Districts or the city treasuries, which are more directly accountable to the electorate. Also, a defeat on one front for the ‘patrimonialism’ as I have mentioned in some […]

And Republicans Were All So Pious About ‘Local Control’ . . . July 9, 2011 3 Comments

And Republicans were all so pious about ‘local control.’  They don’t want local government to raise taxes or fees, but it seems to be OK with them – except for the ever-reliable Chris Norby – for local government to declare a ‘redevelopment area,’ freeze the taxes going to the county and the schools for the […]

L.C.B. says Brown’s Redevelopment Plan is Illegal May 4, 2011 1 Comment

I was tempted to say horrible things about Legislative Counsel, but if the money were to go into the cities’ regular budget instead of the redevelopment slush fund, I would have no problem with that. Related “Legislative counsel says Brown’s redevelopment plan illegal” by Kevin Yamamura at SacBee.com

Redevelopment and Housing April 27, 2011 No Comments

There is a lot of worry that getting rid of redevelopment will get rid of the one affordable housing program we seem to have in California.  A quota of 20% of redevelopment land to be used for “affordable” housing was, given the nature of redevelopment, a good law that was forced on the agencies.  But […]

Dan Morain: One Town’s Enterprise Zone Steals Another Town’s Lunch February 24, 2011 No Comments

Apparently enterprise zones have turned out to be the same sort of corporate welfare and beggar-thy-neighbor deal that redevelopment has been.  I don’t know much about Business Improvement Districts, but I think they’re kind of like residential homeowmers associations and can assess dues.  They might be the most viable format for brick sidewalks and cute […]

Herdt: On taxes, redevelopment and teamwork February 20, 2011 No Comments

Timm Herdt of the Ventura County Star does an excellent column on how redevelopment cuts across traditional partisan lines.  I still say we have the social justice opportunity of the century! Related “Herdt: On Taxes, Redevelopment and Teamwork” by Timm Herdt at the Ventura County Star

San Francisco Leaders Defend Redevelopment Agencies February 1, 2011 2 Comments

I would like to see all the local government leaders involved in trying to defend redevelopment to lose their re-election campaigns, whenever they may be. Except who has a vested interest enough who could afford to support such an effort? If only the Tea Party would see the importance of this – if they really […]

The Social Justice Opportunity of the Century January 20, 2011 3 Comments

Much to the surprise of all of us, the new governor of California, Jerry Brown, has proposed shutting down all redevelopment agencies in the state.  The reason for this is that a city (or probably a county, where a county rules directly) has had the right to declare an area a “redevelopment area” and then […]