The California League of Cities has announced that the California Redevelopment Association – City of Alameda Redevelopment Services Manager Leslie Little sits on the Board of Directors – has realized a victory in their lawsuit against the State of California, over money taken from California local redevelopment agencies to provide school funding.
In September of 2008, the State of California, in finalizing their budget, appropriated roughly $350 million in local redevelopment agency funds to go towards the Education Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) – in other words, the State re-directed local redevelopment money land developer subsidies to our education system. Ms. Little stood to lose roughly $916,000 from her personal Alameda redevelopment fiefdom. Not an organization to take such a threat lying down, the California Redevelopment Association (CRA) – a Sacramento lobby group funded by developers, builders and contractors – found a couple of stooges, the Cities of Moreno Valley and Madera, and sued the State to get the money back. The California League of Cities recently reported that a Sacramento Superior Court ruled in favor of the CRA and their stooges.
So if you’re wondering why we have a new Target store going up in Alameda, or a massive, but empty, parking garage and cineplex downtown, but not enough money to keep our schools open, and pleadings from AUSD for more parcel taxes, blame redevelopment and the CRA.
Addendum: Excerpt from the CRA’s proud declaration of victory over taking back money from the State Education Revenue Augmentation Fund
AB 1389 was approved in September 2008 as part of the FY 2008-09 budget package and authorized a one-time take of $350 million from redevelopment agencies. The lawsuit against the State sought to do two things:
1. Invalidate specific sections of AB 1389, and
2. Prohibit the State from forcing county auditors to divert these redevelopment funds to the Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds (ERAF).