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Following The Money Trail Of Redevelopment Funds

Aired 1/3/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Vladimir Kogan, UCSD doctoral candidate in political science. Co-author of "Paradise Plundered".

Transcript

We'll speak with Vladimir Kogan on Tuesday's show.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV

Local re-development agencies have often been sold to the public as bulwarks against a "state money grab" of local funds.

Proposition 22, which was passed in November 2010, restricted the state's ability to take funds from the redevelopment agencies and transfer it to schools. Last week, the court upheld a law saying the state may eliminate redevelopment agencies and threw out a law saying the agencies could exist if they paid a portion of their revenue to the state.

We discuss the recent history of state revenues, and the consequences of piecemeal reform like Prop 22.

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laplayaheritage | January 3, 2012 at 3:35 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

To promote equality and justice, on KUSI Congressman Filner discussed his support for Governor Brown's decision to kill Redevelopment which has been abused in San Diego.

http://www.kusi.com/video?clipId=6594781&autostart=true

Assemblyman Fletcher, Mayor Sanders, and the greedy CCDC are partly responsible for the demise of Redevelopment in the State of California. The State Audit Reports document Redevelopment Agency (RDA) administrations and individuals projects not itemized, allowing massive movements of funds in and out of differing accounts without any oversight.

State Controller John Chiang has complaints from San Diegans about the midnight CCDC Cap Elimination process.

http://www.sco.ca.gov/

CCDC created their own interpretation of State RDA law, and claimed use of the 80 percent non-housing, non set-aside Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Tax Increment (TI) funding would be illegal to use for Homeless Emergency Shelters, staff, social services at the Emergency Shelters, and ongoing maintenance like water and electricity for the poor citywide. Denying $1 Billion in RDA Tax Increment (TI) that could have been used in downtown San Diego since 1992 to end homelessness is discrimination in housing through the Federal Fair Housing Act and HEARTH Act. Including Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for poor children and the mentally ill.

What kinds of crooks steal money from the Homeless? Unforgivable. Enron by the Sea.

Redevelopment deserves to die. All CCDC non-profit staff (51 employees average $122,000 salary each) should get the same consideration and support from the public and the City Council, that they themselves gave the poor who were kicked out on the streets and became homeless within CCDC's downtown Project Area.

A way for Assemblyman Fletcher and Councilman DeMaio to break with greedy CCDC schemes approved by Mayor Sanders' and District Attorney's Dumanis' crowd would be to follow Congressman Filner's lead to call on the State of California to repay the full $228 million Debt misappropriated by CCDC/RDA in Federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

Congressman Filner is asking the State of California to consider an Accelerated Repayment Schedule for the full $228 million in misappropriated Federal CDBG Debt to end Veterans homelessness in San Diego, and target Affordable Housing for the poor.

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