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San Diego Politicians Assail Raid Of Redevelopment Funds

— Elected officials in San Diego County are not happy with a California law that's forcing them to turn millions of dollars in redevelopment funds over to the state.

San Diego County redevelopment agencies say they must transfer a total of $165 million to pay for state programs.

That money would have funded construction projects and infrastructure improvement in blighted neighborhoods. But last week, a superior court judge upheld the the law that shifts the money from local to state coffers.

National City Mayor Ron Morrison lambasted the law. He said dollars spent on redevelopment return many more dollars in economic growth and community improvement.

"This is in effect stealing from the future so that we can put a temporary band aid on a gushing wound that is nothing more than red ink bleeding out of the state budget," said Morrison.

The mayor added that today he sent a check for $5.2 million to the state to comply with the law. The ruling that upheld the law is now on appeal.

Spokesman for Governor Schwarzenegger said the money is funding education, which is a very high priority.

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Avatar for user 'EarlRichards'

EarlRichards | May 11, 2010 at 1:32 a.m. ― 6 years, 10 months ago

There is a leadership void in Sacramento. Why did the governor allow the budget crisis to happen in the first place? It does not seem right when the state can tell the local governments what to do and tell the the local governments what to do with their public funds. If the funds were raised locally, then they should be spent locally. It sounds like a Goldman Sachs raid. The local governments do not owe any favors to Corporate America and Corporate California. California is suppose to be a democracy.

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Roberto Rolando Salinas | December 29, 2011 at 8:05 a.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

There is no leadership void in Sacramento, the only leadership void are the Republicans. The party of tried, failed, anti-labor, anti-union, anti worker, policies, refuses, like their ditto heads in the house and senate, to contribute constructively to the debate. Thier strategy of obstruction and delay is clearly thier only position. Those that scream the loudest about redevelopment money being used for education are the same visionaries that refuse to consider rasing the state's revenue. Redevelopment money belongs to the taxpayers not the monied interest, mostly large developers, that grease the campaign coffers of thier trusted allies, elected officials.

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