The budget will certainly be an issue, as it is every year. Today, the State Controller pointed out that the state missed its revenue mark for January by $528 million, a disappointing performance to say the least. As difficult as that challenge is, it is the “Big Three” that will dominate our time in the foreseeable future: Realignment; Pension Reform; and, Redevelopment.
California’s 58 counties are as diverse as the residents and regions they represent. For CSAC, depending on the issue, there is a sense of both beauty and challenge in this diversity. Take, for instance, the Governor’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies. In the past two weeks, this blog has published entries written by two county [...]
In Riverside County, redevelopment is the essential tool eradicating blight, building affordable housing and bringing much-needed jobs and public projects to revitalize communities.
In a recent KQED radio debate, I explained the merits of Governor Brown’s proposal to cut redevelopment and shift revenues to education, public safety, and healthcare. I also explored this topic in an opinion piece published recently in the Contra Costa Times.