CRA Email Bomb: Boo Hoo Hoo
CRAs are an awful arm of government that suck tax dollars from schools, police, fire and roads and give them to politically connected real estate developers who can't otherwise make projects work in the free market and need tax dollars to make them profitable, at least profitable enough to flip. They make a faustian deal with the unions and elected officials to promote projects that no one else would otherwise build. More horrifying,the CRA can take your property - even if it's a family owned business that has thrived for decades - and give it to another business all in the name of fighting "blight."
The California Supreme Court recently ruled that Jerry Brown's plan to shut down the CRAs and turn their money back to education and public safety is indeed, valid. Now the agencies, like addicts whose substance has been taken away, are fighting for their dear life.
If you get involved in any fight this year, tell your state legislator NOT to revive the CRA!
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From: "Gonzalez, Sandra" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Jan 6, 2012 11:50 AM
Subject: CRA/LA Update: Supreme Court Ruling, CRA's Dissolved on February 1
To: "Gonzalez, Sandra" <email@example.com>
It appears that this decision, unless superseded by legislative action, takes away one of the strongest economic development tools that the city and state are depending upon at such a critical time. We are continuing to review the decision’s implications for the Agency’s functions, projects and employees, and are committed to providing you as much information as we learn more.
If there are any legislative options to pursue, we will be evaluating them in the days to come. In fact, many legislators are already rushing to say they believe in redevelopment’s value, had no intent to eliminate it and will work to repair the damage the court’s decision will cause.
Currently, a coalition of labor, business, local government, public safety, affordable housing, and redevelopment supporters is working with members of the Legislature to temporarily postpone the February 1, 2012 dissolution deadline in order to preserve the ability to create a restructured redevelopment program.
Temporarily postponing the February 1 dissolution deadline is needed to buy time to determine the future of redevelopment.
Allowing the dissolution process to proceed on February 1 will lead to mass litigation and chaos.
We are continuing to review the decision’s implications for the Agency’s functions, projects and employees, and are committed to providing you as much information as we learn more.