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Temecula Fights Jerry Brown for Funds

A state plan that Temecula officials say will "rob" the city's coffers is appealed.

Temecula voted to fight Governor Jerry Brown's plan to take its funds to balance California's budget.

The City Council voted last Tuesday at a meeting at the to appeal the state's demand that the city pay $4.7 million to the state in order to keep its redevelopment agency.

A redevelopment agency is a way for a city to develop blighted areas. It allows the city to invest money in projects to rejuvinate bad areas and collect the money it invested through the extra property taxes the area generates.

The govener's plan requires cities like Temecula to pay up front for redevelopment funding in addition to a hefty $1.1 million a year fee.

Thanks to state funding in the past, the city of Temecula has been able to develop and add many new features including cleaning up Old Town, according to a city staff report.

The new Assembly bills enacted by the State California Legislature would require Temecula to make payments to keep the agency going or dissolve it altogether.

Earl Richards August 17, 2011 at 07:28 AM
The money sent to Sacramento will probably end-up, either directly or indirectly, into an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands, owned by a bunch of Goldman Sachs/Wall Street dirtbags.
Terri Jones August 17, 2011 at 02:39 PM
This was thought up by Jerry "I have no plan for California" Brown?
Jerry Simeon August 22, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Serious times, serious problems require serious focus and actions. Jerry Brown has a lifetime of experience and knowledge along with an inheritance of government management inherited from his father, Pat Brown, with a generational perspective. MY question is; Can we operate as a city without a defined "Redevelopment Agency"??? Or is this about state and federal funding again?

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