Inland Empire Cities Announce Support For Redevelopment
Inland Empire Cities Announce Support for Upcoming Statewide Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Unconstitutional State Budget Bills that Would Eliminate Redevelopment
Unless Overturned, Vital Inland Empire Redevelopment Projects and Hundreds of Local Jobs at Risk
What: Local elected officials from the Inland Empire region will gather July 14th to announce their support for the upcoming League of California Cities and California Redevelopment Association lawsuit seeking to overturn the unconstitutional attempt to eliminate redevelopment with the passage of AB 1x 26 and 27. Unless overturned by the Courts, this legislation would devastate local job-creating redevelopment projects throughout the region.
When: Thursday: July 14, 2011 2:00 PM
Where: City Center Senior Apartments Community Room – Ontario, CA 91764
280 N. Lemon Avenue (northeast corner of Lemon Avenue & “B” Street)
Paul Leon, Mayor, City of Ontario
Dennis Michael, Mayor, City of Rancho Cucamonga & Pres. Inland Empire Division of Cities
Paul Eaton, Mayor, City of Montclair
Acquanetta Warren, Mayor, City of Fontana
Bob Cable, Chair Inland Empire Chamber Legislative Alliance
Bridget Washington, SBPEA Labor Relations Representative
BACKGROUND: In November 2010, voters passed Prop 22 by an overwhelming majority. The measure stopped State raids of local redevelopment funds. Despite this clear voter mandate, legislators passed and the Governor signed AB 1x 26 and 27 in blatant violation of Prop. 22 and the will of the voters. AB 1x 26 would abolish redevelopment agencies and AB 1x 27 would allow agencies to exist in some limited capacity only if they agreed to pay a “ransom” payment of $1.7 billion statewide in the first year and $400 million statewide each year thereafter. The League of California Cities and the California Redevelopment Association will file a lawsuit in a matter of days seeking to overturn the unconstitutional redevelopment elimination bills.
Unless overturned, AB 1x 26 and 27 will result in the elimination of many redevelopment agencies and/or forced “ransom” payments by local agencies to fund State obligations to schools. The result will be the elimination of many critical local job-creating revitalization projects throughout the Inland Empire.