Council asked to oppose Brown’s proposal to ax redevelopment agencies

By City News Service

The City Council this evening will consider whether to publicly oppose plans by Gov. Jerry Brown to eliminate redevelopment agencies.

The governor bills his idea as a way to save money for local governments in an era of tight budgets.

Redevelopment agencies are funded by siphoning off a portion of tax revenues generated by their projects, and those dollars are put into new construction. Brown wants that money to go to the general funds of the cities.

However, City Councilman Kevin Faulconer said San Diego has made far more money from redevelopment than it has lost.

“Redevelopment has been a remarkable success in San Diego,” said Faulconer, whose district stretches from downtown to southern La Jolla.

“Downtown generates $60 million a year in hotel and sales tax because of successful redevelopment efforts,” he said. “That money goes into the city’s general fund and pays for services, including parks, police, fire and libraries, in every neighborhood across San Diego.”

The city’s redevelopment agency, along with the Centre City Development Corp. and Southeastern Development Corp., oversee 17 redevelopment districts, including downtown, Barrio Logan, City Heights, College Grove, the former Naval Training Center, North Park and San Ysidro.

In the 35 years since the CCDC was established to oversee the revitalization of downtown, a public investment of $1.54 billion has prompted private spending of $12.8 billion, according to the resolution.

“If these dollars are diverted to Sacramento in a misguided attempt to try and fix the state’s chronic budget deficit, then the effect on San Diego would be devastating, and our region stands to lose billions of dollars in investment, thousands of jobs and countless neighborhood projects and improvements,” the resolution states.

The City Council is being asked to express its opposition to Brown’s plans, and to direct the city clerk to send a copy of the resolution to the governor’s office.

The resolution has received support from council President Tony Young and Councilman Todd Gloria, who said the redevelopment process is especially beneficial for revitalizing low-income areas.

Cities across the state have rushed through approvals of redevelopment projects recent weeks, some even holding special meetings on Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Faulconer said he is working on plans to ensure funding for a number of local projects that would be threatened by the governor’s proposal, including the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan at the waterfront, Horton Plaza Park, Bayside Fire Station and a permanent homeless shelter.

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2 Comments for “Council asked to oppose Brown’s proposal to ax redevelopment agencies”

  1. christine

    Support Browns decision to axe redevelopment agencies. They theoretically are a good idea but the money is doing MUCH MORE damage than good. They are absolutely DESTROYING every last historic structure we have and they do not have the same rules so they can essentially tear down everything they want. They destroyed a beautiful and rare art deco building at 30th and el cajon and replaced it w/ a mockery of the art deco style. Next on the chopping block is a rare salt box building at Florida and el cajon. There are only 2 of them in San Diego. Another redevelopment project recently destroyed 12 lovely original craftsmans on Florida street. These developers get millions of your money to destroy these buildings and then circumvent even the requirement for affordable housing by providing "moderate" rate housing which is actually "market rate" housing. And its all across the state. Berekley is set to be demolished w/ redevelopment funds and replaced w/ the same stucco Walmart garbage condos you see everywhere.

  2. christine

    The City Council is also very very tight w/ these "affordable housing" developers even though they dont acually provide any affordable housing. Look at Todd Glorias list of contributors. There is a reason all these private developers suddenly care about "affordable housing", because in this market it is like winning the lottery to get millions to build their projects. Then they dont even have to worry about selling them. Stop believing the redevelopment rhetoric. It is the biggest scam ever. The money should be being used to rehabilitate all these old buildings not throw them away. The LA Tmes recently did an article about how in the last 10 years we have spent BILLIONS on affordable housing and have not seen a single new unit of it. If we dont stop it now we will lose every last historic resource we have left. They are all on the chopping block. Look what has happened to North Park.

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