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Brown says he won't delay redevelopment 'funeral'

January 18, 2012 |  3:03 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that he would oppose legislation to delay the scheduled elimination of more than 400 redevelopment agencies.

The agencies, which build affordable housing and other projects using property tax dollars, were abolished under a bill signed by Brown last year.

Under a compromise, Brown agreed to reconstruct a smaller version of redevelopment, but that deal was thrown out by the state Supreme Court. 

State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has introduced legislation that would extend the termination date of the agencies from Feb. 1 to April 15, but Brown dismissed that idea Thursday at Los Angeles City Hall.

 "I don't think we can delay this funeral," Brown said. 

-- Anthony York

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