Supreme Court Supports Plan to 'Rob' Temecula

The state can seize more than $1 billion in redevelopment agency funds, including Temecula's funds.


A plan that Temecula officials said will "rob" the city was approved by the Supreme Court today.

Judges decided the state can seize more than $1 billion in redevelopment agency funds, putting about 400 redevelopment agencies in jeopardy.

to learn what a redevelopment agency is.

In the case CRA v. Matosantos, the justices also struck down a separate law that would have allowed redevelopment agencies to fund local projects if they paid a portion of tax revenue to the state.

Temecula agreed to pay the fee, which several officials called "extortion money." To read what they said,

Earlier this year, the Legislature passed two laws – ABXI26, which allowed for the complete closure of redevelopment agencies and ABXI27, which would allow redevelopment agencies to function if they paid the tax revenue portion.

The City of Temecula filed a lawsuit against the state for passing these laws. To read about it, .

Supporters of redevelopment agencies have said that earlier rulings were in violation of the voter approved Proposition 22. in the fight to save redevelopment funds.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker John Perez, along with many other lawmakers, said the legislative vote was intended only to extract revenues from redevelopment agencies, not abolish them altogether.  As the Legislature debated the two bills, Senator Steinberg said, “[T]his bill is the fair and right choice because it does not in fact eliminate redevelopment, but it reduces its size.”

In a written statement, the CRA and League of California Cities vowed to continue the fight to save redevelopment and called for their own special legislation that would re-establish redevelopment in California.

"Without immediate legislative action to fix this adverse decision, this ruling is a tremendous blow to local job creation and economic advancement," wrote CRA Board President Julio Fuentes in the statement. "The legislative record is abundantly clear that legislators did not intend to abolish redevelopment. We hope to work with state lawmakers to come up with a way to restore redevelopment."

JJ Mclure December 30, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Kevin December 30, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Again, the overspending government of CA, taking from fiscally responsible cities to fix the problems of the state. Thanks to all of you who voted for Brown. CA needs to go bankrupt! Maybe only then can we learn some lessons if we're lucky.
TVOR December 30, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Very disappointed the supreme court supported this. This means the tax money Temecula citizens payed for a specific local purpose will now be used for whatever purpose the state government decides to use it for. This is a travesty. The state government needs to be held accountable for mismanagement and misuse of public funds.
Paul Jacobs December 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM
STATE ENDS WELFARE PROGRAM FOR DEVELOPERS -- that should be the headline. RDA was a scam that captured tax dollars that normally would have gone to the state by calling anything and everything "redevelopment." Temecula's shiny new auto mall sign is one example of your RDA tax (debt) dollars at work. Politicians talking out of both sides of their mouths tell you that government doesn't create jobs and then claim RDA creates jobs. The truth is RDA creates junk debt, which is why the County was paying upward of 10 percent on RDA bonds. The lipstick just got removed from a pig named RDA!
Roy T Tatar December 31, 2011 at 01:02 AM
You are most welcome. Now you thank the Village Idiot Bush for appointing "unbiased referees" Roberts & Alito. & Idiot Bush Sr. for appointing Luddites Thomas & Scalia.
Tonto December 31, 2011 at 01:51 AM
The 1 billion $ was robbed from the taxpayers in the first place and should be refunded now!
SPB December 31, 2011 at 05:02 AM
Yeah, regardless who gets it, someone else is still spending your money. Taxes are obviously important to keep the ship sailing, but I never saw the point in getting angry over this kind of stuff. The Feds, the State, the County, your City... no matter who is spending it, it sure ain't you!
DunDe December 31, 2011 at 04:43 PM
GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK AND I ASSURE YOU I WILL SPEND IT FOR A GOOD AND WORTHY CAUSE...SUPPORTING AND FEEDING MY FAMILY! Maybe we will purchase some beef to eat for a change, pasta and rice is getting old,we are grateful for it affords my family to pay ever increasing costs of rent; home gas; electric and gasoline and of course taxes... 8.40 per hour & P/T, with out benefits dosen't allow my family and I to live as well as some of our illeagal neighbors. Maybe I should follow their example by getting my BENEFITS frome the state and stop working and collect food stamps and cash aid from the state and make food out of my kitchen on the side and do house keeping all under the table and live a much better life than my other neighbors that work hard even if at a menial job that only provides P/T hours (better than being unemployed for two years) and with no benefits. I can't remember how long it's been that my family members have seen a dentist or doctor however & so I was offended when my illegal neighbor knocked on my door the other day and asked if I could take her and her son to the local dentist because her new toyota was in the shop and she did not want to cancel her apt? Why do I feel that things are so wrong in this state and is this happening all over America? It's not just the cost of taxes although there are so many new taxes, it's that the cost of everything is going up because of the cost of having so many illegal people. Lets turn back time & live well again....


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