Institute for Justice: JEDI Would put homes “at risk”
4.15.14 – The Institute for Justice, the public interest law firm that represented Susette Kelo in front of the Supreme Court in the groundbreaking Kelo v. New London case, wrote today the taxpayer-funded Redevelopment initiative would put “hundreds of thousands of properties at risk for condemnation.” Click here to read the op-ed.
On Tax Day, Cities Spend Money on Political Activity!
4.15.14 - Happy Tax Day! Some Cities are spending your taxpayer dollars to fund a Redevelopment initiative that could classify the whole State as blighted! Read this investigative report from Cal WatchDog about the proposed initiative.
Chances of Legislature Reviving Redevelopment “Slim”?
4.3.14 – If the Redevelopment lobby wants to revive the embattled agencies, they’re going to need to convince the Governor that using tax dollars for dubious development is necessary! Click here to read the article.
Taxpayer Dollars Used to Finance Redevelopment Initiative
3.26.14 - Today, California’s leading private property rights organization released documents showing a number of cities spending taxpayer dollars to draft an initiative that will cost upwards of $13 million to pass and would result in homes, small businesses and places of worship being forcibly seized by eminent domain.
The effort to use taxpayer dollars to revive Redevelopment Agencies is spearheaded by current Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, who is being investigated by the Fair Political Practices Commission for an alleged improper land-swap. Cities apart of this coalition include Anaheim, Ontario, San Jose, and Pittsburg, among others.
“Californians will be shocked to learn that taxpayer dollars that would otherwise go to public safety, parks and roads are being used to qualify a statewide initiative,” said Nick Mirman, the Alliance’s Grassroots Coordinator. “What’s more, the initiative is designed to make it easier for government to seize homes and small businesses by eminent domain so that it can be given to politically connected developers on the cheap.”
If passed, the initiative will cost the state “several billion dollars” annually by forcing the state to refund local districts, specifically schools, tax revenue taken by these new agencies to fund land seizures and pet projects.
The Institute for Justice, the public interest law firm that represented Susette Kelo in the landmark Kelo v. New London before the U.S. Supreme Court, today released a scathing analysis entitled Return of the Empire, calling the initiative “one of the most significant expansions of government power in decades.”
Before they were abolished in 2011 by the Legislature and Governor, Redevelopment Agencies rewarded politically connected developers with seized land and extremely generous terms to build luxury hotels, golf courses and strip malls. During the debate to abolish Redevelopment, the State’s independent Legislative Analyst said that over the 50-year life of the program, no new net jobs were created and the Agencies cost the State around $5 billion a year.
The Alliance is a statewide, grassroots nonprofit organization of victims of eminent domain abuse, small business owners, family farmers, taxpayers and community leaders committed to protecting private property rights and ending eminent domain abuse.
“The Return of the Empire” — Redevelopment Agencies Coming Back?
3.26.14 - The Institute for Justice, which litigated the landmark Kelo v. New London case before the U.S. Supreme Court, just released analysis on a proposed RDA initiative. Their report, entitled “Return of the Empire,” concludes that the proposed state initiative will restore power to corrupt redevelopment agencies that were abolished by the State Legislature — and restore corporate welfare for developers and make it even easier to seize homes, businesses and places of worship by eminent domain!
Click here to read IJ’s analysis!
High-Speed Boondoggle Moves Forward with Eminent Domain!
3.14.14 - Even though the legality of the whole project is still being decided by the Courts, the High Speed Rail will move forward with forcibly seizing 8 pieces of private property, three of which are businesses! “Share” this post to let your friends know you OPPOSE Gov. Brown’s High Speed Boondoggle! Click here to read the article.
RDA Initiative Leader Officially in Hot Water
2.27.14 – The FPPC, the State’s political watchdog, is currently investigating Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido for an improper land deal that may have influenced his vote on a no-bid city contract!
Maybe the pro-land grab organization he’s spearheading should find another leader? Click here to read the article.
City of Hercules Presses for Prosecution
2.22.14 - Unfortunately for Hercules residents, their community fell victim to redevelopment abuse. Millions of taxpayer dollars were squandered for development projects never built. Council members were recalled and today, taxpayers still owe millions — only the developers benefited. And now an effort is underway to reconstitute redevelopment via a state ballot initiative. Click here to read an an update on the status of Hercules’ ex-officials.
State Says Proposed RDA Initiative to Cost Billions!
2.20.14 - The State Attorney General released the Title and Summary for an initiative that would bring back a version of Redevelopment with expanded powers of eminent domain! The summary noted that the proposed initiative would cost taxpayers billions of dollars per year! Click here to read the official title and summary!
Look Ahead: 2014 Private Property Rights Battles
1.21.14 - Private property rights are always under attack from special interest groups and their allies in the California State Legislature.
In 2013, this proved to be the case once again. However, property owners were fortunate that legislation seeking to restore redevelopment agencies did not make it to the Governor’s desk.
Redevelopment Agencies, public agencies infamous for seizing homes and small businesses and subsidizing politically connected developers for strip malls, golf courses and luxury hotels, have now been abolished for over two years. But now that the State enjoys a temporary budget surplus, efforts are underway to revive these agencies and public funding of development projects.
In 2014, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is expected to continue to push SB 1, a bill that would allow government to forcibly seize your property if it could be considered apart of a “walkable community!”
Furthermore, the Redevelopment lobby is working to qualify a ballot measure that would bring back Redevelopment and expand its power of eminent domain! In fact, the eminent domain provisions are so broad that government could seize practically every piece of property in California! For example, of the unemployment rate drops below the national average in your neighborhood, your home could victim to bulldozers.
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