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Cities Prepared To Fight For Redevelopment In Court

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 21, 2011

Governor Brown wants to use one-point-seven billion dollars in redevelopment funds to pay for other programs.  

"What part of no don't they understand?"

Chris McKenzie with the League of California cities says prop 22, recently approved by voters, makes Brown's plan unconstitutional. He says it's also foolish:

"Killing redevelopment would be catastrophic for every region of California; killing hundreds of thousands of jobs and preventing the economic revitalization that is so vital to our state during this recession."

Governor Brown says it's a matter of priorities during a crisis:

"There's a lot of good things in redevelopment but it's coming from a property tax that is primarily intended for schools and public safety and we want to make sure that money's available at a time when the state is 25 billion in the hole."

A Governor's spokesman says getting rid of redevelopment agencies is not unconstitutional.  He says they were created by the legislature and they can be eliminated by the legislature.
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