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Gov. Jerry Brown names panel to dismantle L.A. redevelopment agency

Two weeks after the Los Angeles City Council jettisoned its redevelopment agency, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday tasked an attorney and lobbyist, the chairman of a real estate investment firm and the head of a consulting group with the job of dismantling the sprawling, half-century-old agency.

The three-person panel is required under state law because L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the city council opted not to step in and assume the risk of unwinding the redevelopment agency's hundreds of millions of dollars in assets, complex land deals, employee obligations and development loans.

Brown led a successful push to abolish redevelopment agencies statewide in an effort to free up money for the state budget. A new state law will eliminate 400 such agencies and shift billions in tax revenue to state, city and county agencies.

Formally called a designated local authority, the Los Angeles panel members are Timothy McOsker of San Pedro, who was former Mayor James K. Hahn's chief of staff and more recently a registered lobbyist; developer-investor Nelson Rising of La Cañada Flintridge; and consultant Mee Semcken of San Marino.

Brown also appointed similar authorities in Merced, Stanislaus and Ventura counties.

Officials said those appointees will work with former staff from their county redevelopment agencies, with oversight by a seven-member state board.

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-- Ari Bloomekatz at Los Angeles City Hall

 
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