Plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies meets with stiff opposition
Critics say Brown's plan would take away one of the most potent tools city officials have to improve blighted areas by building housing and commercial projects.
Redevelopment agencies collect billions of dollars in property tax revenue and dole out hundreds of millions annually in contracts, making them a significant source of power for the city officials who control them.
Brown projected that killing the agencies would save the state $1.7 billion in the next fiscal year.
Santa Monica's head of economic development, Andy Agle, called the idea "shameful."
-- Jessica Garrison
Photo: Section of redeveloped Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Los Angeles Times