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Monrovia City Manager Nervous About State Budget

Monrovia City Manager Scott Ochoa said he is afraid California Governor Jerry Brown may propose changing redevelopment law to help balance the state budget. He thinks eliminating redevelopment agencies could even be unconstitutional. He writes:

"This week, during Governor Brown's swearing-in, the curtain was partially pulled back to reveal some of the strategy that will be employed to help curb a mammoth $25 billion budget shortfall over the next two years. While I expect that any real solution will involve both revenue increases and service reductions - and possibly even significant structural changes in the governance and administration of the State - I was disappointed to see the wholesale elimination of the California Redevelopment Law was floated as a trial balloon. To me, this signifies more of the same short-sightedness that helped to get us into the fix we're currently in. Properly run redevelopment agencies - and the large majority of them are indeed operated ethically, responsibly and effectively - are catalysts for job creation and growth, investment, the creation of affordable housing and the elimination of blight. To eliminate redevelopment agencies in order to redirect their funding to counties in order to help pay the State's financial obligation to education is irresponsible and, probably, unconstitutional."
- Brad Haugaard

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