Grass Valley is not alone in calling special meetings to discuss transferring money from their redevelopment agencies to city control — a move critics say is intended to “subsidize developers” at the expense of providing vital services.
“A revolt by city officials against Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to abolish municipal redevelopment agencies is rapidly spreading across the state,” the L.A. Times is reporting.
“To block the governor, some cities have launched a mad dash to lock up future revenue — in effect laying claim to the money Brown wants. They are quickly approving deals with their redevelopment agencies to move forward with a long list of projects, even those described in the vaguest of terms.”
The list includes Long Beach, Pasadena, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Culver City, Citrus Heights, Santa Monica and so on. Some held meetings on Martin Luther King Day, when their offices were closed.
Some state officials are questioning the priority of city leaders.
“How do you justify maintaining a system that takes billions of dollars from schools, law enforcement and other vital services and uses that money to subsidize developers?” Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, asked.
It is a relevant question, and it applies to money for the Dorsey Drive interchange as much as any other project.
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