Redevelopment agencies, abolished in 2011, were notorious for using taxpayer dollars at the behest of developers to forcibly seize homes and small businesses by eminent domain.
Now, in the name of creating "walkable communities," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has introduced legislation (Senate Bill 1) that would revive redevelopment agencies as "Sustainable Communities Investment Authorities." SB 1 is a modified version of Steinbergs SB 1156 of last year, which Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed.
It would restore redevelopment agencies and all their powers that led to eminent domain abuse, corporate welfare, public corruption and, ultimately, their demise. The California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights believes that Californians would be better served if the Legislature worked on improving the state's business environment and streamlining costly development processes like CEQA. If the Legislature made it a priority to work on these issues, reviving redevelopment agencies would be unnecessary.
-- Nick Mirman, Folsom, grassroots coordinator for the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights