L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

L.A. redevelopment agency hastily OKs spending plan

Days after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed abolishing municipal redevelopment agencies as part of his budget plan, Los Angeles’ redevelopment agency board hastily voted Friday to commit $930 million of agency money to the city to carry out redevelopment projects for years to come -- presumably moving the money out of the state’s reach.

The move, which would have to be approved by the Los Angeles City Council, would tie up the money the agency expects to take in via property taxes through 2016 and keep the funds from reverting to counties and school district as called for in the governor’s plan.

Brown proposed using $1.7 billion in the next fiscal year to balance the budget, and sending all the money in future years to schools, counties and other entities.

The governor’s office responded to the vote, saying Brown hoped the Community Redevelopment Agency was not planning on "squirreling money away for the indefinite future when our schools, police and firefighters are in need of this funding."

A spokesman for state Treasurer Bill Lockyer added: "The governor’s proposal warrants a serious, thoughtful discussion. Let's have that adult conversation, not needlessly provocative acts of gamesmanship."

There are about 400 municipal redevelopment agencies in California, most of them run by cities, which collectively take in about $5 billion a year in property taxes. They are authorized to use money the money to reduce blight.

RELATED:

Brown's bid to kill redevelopment agencies sets stage for fierce battle

L.A. County official pushes back against Brown's budget cuts

Business would feel the sting of Brown's budget proposals

-- Jessica Garrison

 
Comments () | Archives (8)

Memo To Honorable Lockyear:

Unfortunately the gamesmanship has begun with the City of Los Angeles.

C: Office of the Governor

"Days after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed abolishing municipal redevelopment agencies as part of his budget plan, Los Angeles’ redevelopment agency board hastily voted Friday to commit $930 million of agency money to the city to carry out redevelopment projects for years to come -- presumably moving the money out of the state’s reach.........................

The governor’s office responded to the vote, saying Brown hoped the Community Redevelopment Agency was not planning on "squirreling money away for the indefinite future when our schools, police and firefighters are in need of this funding."

The state feels that if anyone should have the opportunity to misuse, and misappropriate the money it should be the state before the counties, and cities.


Unfortunately, the city council and mayor just may go along with this scheme. Over thirty years ago, as a member of the Citizens Advisory Council to the downtown redevelopment project I began to witness double dealing, indirection, manifold waste and outright corruption. And this had nothing to do with the absurd urban design mistakes being implemented by the agency's planning department. There has been so much waste and mismanagement by this one agency, that I am hoping that the media and the city's voters let city hall know that they are watching closely, are outraged by this latest move by the Community Redevelopment Agency.

Yes, the spirit of Gil Lindsay is alive and well in Los Angeles.

Let me understand: The CRA agreed to shift all of it assets from itself over to the City. And then the City will give the assets back to a non-profit entity which is essentially the CRA. Who will appoint the members of the board? Hnnn

So continues the era of 'everybody else needs to sacrifice except for me'.

Schools I can agree, but police and firefighters are the last group I can imagine giving more money to given their bloated salaries and even fatter pensions--90% of their salary at retirement! This is why you want to take money from run down neighborhoods to give to? No, fix the pensions and salaries first, then let's talk about other options.

Let's hope that Brown and the new A.G. go after L.A.'s CRA with every law on the books and we're treated to viewing a long perp walk of L.A.'s corrupt scoundrels!

Headline: Redo Fat Cats Line Pockets While Kids Go Illiterate


Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.

Categories




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: