Redevelopment Resurrection and CEQA “Reform” Tied Together?
12.17.13 – Dan Walters reports that local governments, still holding out hope for the old days of free money and eminent domain abuse, are hoping to tie Redevelopment Resurrection and CEQA “Reform” together in the next legislative session. The funny thing is… with meaningful CEQA reform, crony capitalism wouldn’t be necessary to spur economic development! Click here to read the article.
Legislative Update – Protecting Private Property Rights Requires Support
As the first half of 2013-2014 California Legislative Session comes to a close, efforts to restore redevelopment (abuse) has been delayed until 2014. As you well know, Redevelopment Agencies were responsible for over $5 billion in annual State debt. These relatively unknown public agencies were responsible for seizing hundreds of small businesses and homes by eminent domain to benefit politically connected developers! All too often, your tax dollars were used for dubious development projects, such as strip malls, luxury hotels and golf courses, and junkets for politicians. And when the economy tanked, many cities who engaged in risky development schemes declared bankruptcy - leaving taxpayers holding the bag.
Thankfully, with your support, not one of three bills that would restore such corporate welfare passed the Legislature, nor made it to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature.
The redevelopment lobby, local government and developers, are among the State’s wealthiest and most powerful special interests group. This is why your continued support is so important. Remember, the Alliance is the only statewide organization looking out for your private property rights and we can’t do it without the financial support of taxpayers like you! Please consider a generous contribution today, click here. We need your support to continue this fight.
Will a Recovering Economy Lead to an Increase in Eminent Domain Abuse?
10.14.13 - Even before the State of California abolished redevelopment agencies (agencies that used eminent domain to seize private property for developers), eminent domain abuse was on the decline. Why? Among the first victims of the recession were developers like the firm that sought to acquire over 500 Baldwin Park homes and small businesses by eminent domain. Now, with signs of a recovering economy, development is on the rise and so is legislation that would restore redevelopment abuse. As California’s leading private property rights organization, we will remain vigilant. Click here to read the article.
Governor Brown Vetoes Eminent Domain Reform Bill
10.4.13 - A bill that would ensure fair compensation when one’s business proeprty is seized by eminent domain was vetoed by the Governor — despite the fact the bill faced no opposition in the State Legislature. Sadly, another example of how government power has no boundaries and doesn’t play fair. Click here to read the article.
ACTION ALERT – Stop Resurrection of Redevelopment Abuse, Stop Proposed Ballot Measure!
How would you feel if your taxpayer dollars were diverted from police and public education to provide corporate welfare to politically connected developers? According to the Orange County Voice, this is what Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is trying to do by qualifying a statewide ballot measure that would restore the now defunct and controversial redevelopment agencies — that were once found in over 400 communities in California.
It is well documented that California’s redevelopment agencies abused private property rights and provided over $5 billion dollars annually in taxpayer dollars to politically connected developers. While this was done in the name of urban renewal, the money was often diverted from public safety and education to finance pet projects for developers — for example, RDAs funded luxury golf courses, hotels and professional sports facilities. The money was also often used to pay city council salaries and junkets. Moreover, when dubious development projects failed, taxpayers were saddled with the expenses!
There was good reason why the State Legislature and Governor abolished redevelopment agencies!
Now, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido wants to qualify a state ballot measure that would restore this kind of abuse. Please email him today and urge him to abandon this scheme. Urban renewal can be achieved by reforming and streamlining the development process so that its less costly – and taxpayer dollars should not be used to provide corporate welfare to developers and to seize homes, small businesses and places of worship by eminent domain.
Act today – Email Mayor Miguel Pulido now – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only you can help stop Mayor Pulido’s scheme to reconstitute redevelopment abuse!
Click here to read the article.
As of today, Redevelopment is still dead. That can change, however, if Legislative Democratic Leadership gets their way and is able to revive a form of Redevelopment! Senate Bill 1 would create Sustainable Investment Authorities, local authorities with all the powers of the Redevelopment Agencies of old, including the ability for government to take your property and give it to politically connected developers!
We must stop them. Click here to find your Legislators and contact them, tell them to NOT revive redevelopment and the abuses that went with it!
Coastal Commission Looks to Skip Due Process
9.6.13 – The California Coastal Commission, a regulatory body that has long systematically overstepped its original purpose, is looking to “streamline its prosecution of citizens by reducing its due process rights.” Specifically, the Commission is hoping to be able to skip presenting its case to a judge in order to inflict onerous fines on property owners! Click here to read the article.
Is Redevelopment Really Dead?
9.6.13 – For now, Redevelopment ceases to exist. That can all change at the end of the month if Democratic leadership in the Legislature has its way! Click here to find and contact your Legislators – tell them not to revive Redevelopment Agencies and the Eminent Domain Abuse they carried out!
Click here to read an article about RDA’s potential comeback.
Riverside PE Says “NO” to SB 1
9.5.13 – SB 1 by Darrell Steinberg will revive California’s redevelopment agencies, notorious for practicing eminent domain and corporate welfare for politically connected developers — costing you, the taxpayer, over $5 billion a year! Have you contacted your State Legislator yet? If not, do so today by clicking here! To read the article, click here.
High Speed Rail on a Course Set for High Speed Taking!
8.21.13 -California’s High Speed Choo-Choo Setting a Course to Seize hundreds of Miles of Private Property By Eminent Domain! Click here to read the article.