California Redevelopment Agencies

Los Angeles

Could Los Angeles Have Made Better Use of Former Redevelopment Funds?

After a state decision to abolish California's redevelopment agencies seven years ago, Los Angeles still received some of that money, directing it to city services instead of affordable housing.

April 26, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

The End of Redevelopment Worsened California's Housing Crisis

Anthony York performs an autopsy of how decisions made by Governor Jerry Brown and the California Legislature during the Great Recession are influencing the housing market, nearly a decade later.

August 28, 2017 - Pacific Standard

Newport Beach High-Rise

Two Housing Bills Will Exacerbate California's Housing Shortage

SB 35 (Wiener) and AB 199 (Chu) make it more costly to build housing by requiring prevailing wages where applicable, pleasing construction unions but making affordable housing less affordable, opines CALmatters political columnist, Dan Walters.

August 21, 2017 - CALmatters

Los Angeles Downtown River

'Economic Development 2.0': California’s Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts

Since the dissolution of California's redevelopment agencies, the state has been fine-tuning a new and improved economic development tool: Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts.

May 2, 2016 - The Planning Report

Funding Revitalization in the Post-Redevelopment Era

A Los Angeles City Councilmember discusses his instructive quest to cobble together funding for the revitalization of his district after the termination of community redevelopment agencies.

December 28, 2015 - The Planning Report

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts Explained

With the dissolution of California Redevelopment Agencies in 2011, those looking to spur economic development have struggled to find alternative tools that create investment in communities where such investments don't flow naturally.

June 9, 2015 - The Planning Report

California Cities Still Navigating Redevelopment Dissolution

Two and a half years after California shuttered its redevelopment agencies, cities are still grappling with the repercussions—from resolving the legal obligations of CRAs to searching for alternative methods of revitalizing areas in need.

October 15, 2014 - The Planning Report

Back from the Dead? California Legislature Reconsiders Redevelopment

Via competing bills, California's Legislature is holding a surprisingly quiet debate on what redevelopment was for in the first place and what aspects of it may be worth reviving.

May 4, 2014 - California Planning & Development Report

Economic Development in a Post-Redevelopment California

Larry Kosmont, CRE, President and CEO of Kosmont Companies, spoke with The Planning Report about tools for creating economic development in California without redevelopment agencies and traditional tax increment financing.

March 18, 2014 - The Planning Report

Redevelopment Making a Comeback in California?

After unceremoniously dispatching the state’s redevelopment agencies amidst California’s recent fiscal crisis, Governor Jerry Brown has formulated a new scheme for cities to achieve their redevelopment goals, but there's a catch.

January 13, 2014 - California Planning & Development Report

Tools for Revitalizing CA's Cities After Redevelopment

When California's 400 or so redevelopment agencies were shuttered in 2012, cities lost an essential tool for funding affordable housing and economic development. A new white paper from the ULI recommends new tools to stimulate balanced growth.

December 18, 2013 - The Sacramento Bee

What's Holding Up Redevelopment 2.0 in California?

When California shuttered its hundreds of local redevelopment agencies, many believed a new (if smaller) system for funding affordable housing and development in blighted areas would soon follow. Two years later, the state is still waiting.

December 9, 2013 - California Planning & Development Report

Gov. Brown Draws on his Mayoral Experience to Veto Affordable Housing Bill

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown served two terms as mayor of Oakland. His attempts to bring more downtown housing to the city led him to veto an inclusionary housing bill that would have required developers to supply affordable housing or pay an in-lieu fee.

October 18, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

CA Redevelopment Bill: Communist Land Grab or Catalyst for Affordable Housing?

Amid political demagoguery, a bill to help spur infill redevelopment and the creation of affordable housing in California, following the dismantling the state's redevelopment agencies, is advancing through the California legislature.

August 16, 2013 - Frying Pan News

Property Selling Binge on the Horizon for California Cities

Larry Kosmont, CEO of Kosmont Companies, walks The Planning Report through the California Redevelopment Authority's liquidation timeline, with advice for the private sector on the State’s impending property divestment.

April 11, 2013 - The Planning Report

Is it Too Soon to Consider Replacements for Redevelopment in California?

Although the state's legislators were ready to move on from the closure of CA's redevelopment agencies by approving several bills designed to replace aspects of redevelopment or otherwise help cities, Governor Brown vetoed each one over the weekend.

October 1, 2012 - California Planning & Development Report

California Cities Go Ballistic Over Latest Redevelopment Law

In its attempt to clean up the mess left by the dismantling of the state's redevelopment agencies, the California legislature is holding cities hostage with a 'draconian' penalty for failing to relinquish funds to the state.

July 19, 2012 - California Planning & Development Report

The Death and Life of Redevelopment in California

Kicking off their new long-form Forefront initiative, Josh Stephens writes for Next American City on the killing of the country’s largest redevelopment program, and its implications for economic and real estate development.

April 17, 2012 - Next American City

What Will Happen to California's Orphaned Urban Projects?

Terry Pristin looks at the fallout from the dissolution of California's redevelopment agencies and asks what will come of the hundreds of projects in various stages of completion.

April 12, 2012 - The New York Times

California Legislature Considers Reviving Redevelopment

Though Gov. Jerry Brown still appears to be opposed to the idea, both houses of the California Legislature are pondering the possibility of bringing back tax-increment financing in a limited form.

March 11, 2012 - California Planning & Development Report

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