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Redevelopment Agencies

Blog post
June 24, 2016, 6am PDT
A case study of Vallejo shows how the city is continuing revitalization efforts without the powerful tools provided by its former redevelopment agency.
Linda Day
April 10, 2012, 7am PDT
A panel of distinguished Angelenos recently discussed the missteps that led to the dissolution of California's redevelopment agencies, the hole that their closure creates, and the possible paths forward.
The Planning Report
January 17, 2012, 8am PST
The Supreme Court decision to approve the elimination of California's redevelopment agencies late last year set February 1st as the date of dissolution. A new bill in the state senate would slow down the clock.
California Planning & Development Report
January 13, 2012, 8am PST
In an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times, William Fulton, former mayor of Ventura and the only mayor in California who supported the Governor's proposal to end redevelopment, offers concrete steps for reviving redevelopment in the state.
Los Angeles Times
January 5, 2012, 9am PST
In last week's court ruling, the California Supreme Court didn't just kill redevelopment. The court also upheld a drawn-out process of other agencies picking the meat off redevelopment's bones.
California Planning & Development Report
January 4, 2012, 9am PST
The California State Supreme Court recently upheld the eradication of the state's roughly 400 redevelopment agencies, and now officials from those groups are trying to convince legislators to give back some of their spending powers.
Los Angeles Times
December 30, 2011, 9am PST
The court's decision is likely to have far-reaching effects on how cities in California finance and facilitate urban redevelopment.
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2011, 1pm PDT
Cities have filed a lawsuit with the California State Supreme Court over recently passed laws that eliminate funding for the state's redevelopment agencies.
San Jose Mercury News
July 12, 2011, 5am PDT
Legislation in California that officially dissolves its redevelopment agencies offers them the chance to stay alive -- but at a cost that may be too high for some.
The Architect's Newspaper
July 3, 2011, 7am PDT
Urban redevelopment plans to slow or stall in California, as Governor Jerry Brown slashes the budgets of redevelopment agencies in the state.
The Sacramento Bee
June 1, 2011, 5am PDT
As redevelopment agencies face the chopping block in California, new legislation could allow tax increment financing districts to essentially replace them.
April 18, 2011, 8am PDT
Indiana State Sen. Luke Kenley thinks the state's redevelopment agencies have too much freedom to approve spending on large projects and has proposed a bill to curb their power, but the state House has refused to hear the bill.
The Indianapolis Star
April 12, 2011, 6am PDT
California's redevelopment agencies have almost as much if not more debt than what they pull in from tax revenues, according to this investigation by <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>.
The Wall Street Journal
March 22, 2011, 8am PDT
As lawmakers in California wrangle over the state's budget, redevelopment agencies appear to be days away from being killed.
California Planning and Development Report
March 14, 2011, 11am PDT
Facing possible dissolution, redevelopment agencies in California have gone on a bond-spree in the early months of 2011.
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2011, 1pm PST
California Controller John Chiang, an independent, elected officer, audited 18 of the state's 425 redevelopment agencies (representing 16% of all RDA dollars) and found huge differences in how blight is defined and a lack of accountability.
Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2011, 5am PST
In what looks like a developing battle between states and cities over redevelopment, the California state comptroller announced that he will audit 18 redevelopment agencies.
Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2011, 1pm PST
Redevelopment agencies are vital to job creation and necessary for central cities to stem suburban job sprawl, claims Gerald Metcalf, executive director of a SF urban think tank (SPUR), countering CA Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed elimination of them.
San Francisco Chronicle - Sunday Insight
January 24, 2011, 7am PST
A group of city leaders and activists gathered in Sacramento to protest Governor Jerry Brown's plan to close the state's redevelopment agencies.
San Francisco Chronicle
January 20, 2011, 8am PST
Redevelopment agency officials throughout California are moving rapidly to prevent a threatened takeover by the state (to reduce deficit) by signing deals on projects potentially prematurely. LA just turned $1 billion in 275 projects to the city.
Los Angeles Times