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Redevelopment Returns With Civic San Diego

On February 1, the State of California ended redevelopment agencies statewide to help plug a big hole in the state's budget. San Diego had 14 areas that received funds from property taxes for redevelopment projects.

This week the City Council voted seven-to-one to create Civic San Diego, a non-profit corporation merging the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) and the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) to continue the revitalization of downtown and nearby areas.

Marti Emerald cast the lone vote against creating the agency, saying redevelopment should be citywide, not concentrated downtown. Council Member David Alvarez expressed the same concern.

Civic San Diego will operate as a contract agency. Its nine-member board will be appointed by the mayor and council; its 32 employees will not be city employees. Its budget will be $5.9 million, compared to $9.9 million for CCDC and SEDC in FY 2012.

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