State Says Proposed RDA Initiative to Cost Billions!
2.20.14 - The State Attorney General released the Title and Summary for an initiative that would bring back a version of Redevelopment with expanded powers of eminent domain! The summary noted that the proposed initiative would cost taxpayers billions of dollars per year! Click here to read the official title and summary!
Look Ahead: 2014 Private Property Rights Battles
1.21.14 - Private property rights are always under attack from special interest groups and their allies in the California State Legislature.
In 2013, this proved to be the case once again. However, property owners were fortunate that legislation seeking to restore redevelopment agencies did not make it to the Governor’s desk.
Redevelopment Agencies, public agencies infamous for seizing homes and small businesses and subsidizing politically connected developers for strip malls, golf courses and luxury hotels, have now been abolished for over two years. But now that the State enjoys a temporary budget surplus, efforts are underway to revive these agencies and public funding of development projects.
In 2014, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is expected to continue to push SB 1, a bill that would allow government to forcibly seize your property if it could be considered apart of a “walkable community!”
Furthermore, the Redevelopment lobby is working to qualify a ballot measure that would bring back Redevelopment and expand its power of eminent domain! In fact, the eminent domain provisions are so broad that government could seize practically every piece of property in California! For example, of the unemployment rate drops below the national average in your neighborhood, your home could victim to bulldozers.
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Lawsuits Hold Up Ex-RDA Funds
1.21.14 – The idea of disbanding redevelopment came about in the Democrat-controlled Legislature not because of threats to private property rights, but because of the potential for a financial windfall to the State’s general fund. However, due to over 100 active lawsuits brought against the State by municipalities, that expected windfall has yet to come. Click here to learn more about what local cities are doing to keep their redevelopment funds.
RDA 2.0′s Top Secret Plan Revealed!
1.17.14 - Confidential Document Exposes Redevelopment Initiative Proposed for November 2014 Ballot
The redevelopment lobby is attempting to bring back redevelopment agencies, notorious of eminent domain abuse, corruption and wasteful taxpayer spending. The Alliance has acquired a confidential document that discloses how they plan on using taxpayer dollars to finance a State initiative that would appear on the 2014 November ballot.
The ballot initiative, as analyzed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, would allow any home. small business or place of worship to be seized by eminent domain if the local unemployment rate drops below the National level. Yes — this means any property, no matter its condition could be seized by these public agencies and given to politically connected developers! What’s more they could use your taxpayer dollars to do this!
If passed, California would have the weakest private property rights protections in the United States.
Click here to read a scheme to take away your property rights!
Riverside Press Enterprise Opposes Reviving Redevelopment
1.16.14 – In a editorial, the Riverside Press Enterprise makes the case against reviving Redevelopment in California. “Redevelopment money was supposed to pay for improving blighted areas, but too often subsidized well-connected developers and big sales tax producers — or went for more dubious uses — at the expense of more crucial services. Before its demise, redevelopment shifted more than $5 billion in taxes annually away from other uses.”
“….But California does not need to return to the crony capitalism and freewheeling abuse that redevelopment invited.”
Click here to read the article.
Redevelopment & Eminent Domain Abuse to Return?
1.13.14 – In today’s column, Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee writes,”Redevelopment also angered conservatives who saw local governments arbitrarily seizing property from small businesses and homeowners and giving it, along with subsidies, to politically connected developers.” There are efforts afoot to bring back redevelopment and eminent domain abuse in California. Help us stop eminent domain abuse today by making a small contribution.
Click here to read the article.
Leader of Ballot Initiative in Hot Water
1.4.14 - Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, the president of the non-profit organization raising money to qualify an RDA initiative, appears to be in hot water! The O.C. Voice reports, “Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido for years has misrepresented the nature of his ownership of downtown properties on public disclosure forms required of elected officials under state law.” Click here to read the article.
Redevelopment, aka The Money Pit, Coming Back?
1.4.14 - Redevelopment (aka Money Pit)- Public agencies that used taxpayer dollars to seize private property for developers is looking to make a comeback. What proponents, like Assemblyman Luis Alejo, fail to recognize is that ethnic minorities and the poor are the most common victims of eminent domain abuse. If you live in Beverly Hills the odds of having your home or small business taken is slim to none! Click here to read the article.
SD Union Trib: Redevelopment Ghosts Haunt New Year
1.1.14 - “The new initiative would allow the “blight” designation for basically any reason, including “depreciated or stagnant property values.” The definitions are so aggressive that Marko Mlikotin, president of the Folsom-based California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights, believes that this may be less of a serious initiative and more of “a ploy to put pressure on the governor to sign SB 1 next year.” Click here to read the article.
Initiative Submitted to Restore Redevelopment Agencies!
12.26.13 – Initiative was submitted that would restore redevelopment abuse in California. The California State Legislature abolished public agencies that were spending over $5 BILLION dollars a year in taxpayer dollars to subsidize strip malls, luxury golf courses and hotels – and often using their power of eminent domain to seize homes and small businesses to benefit politically connected developers! Now the redevelopment lobby is looking to restore this Money Pit. Click here to take a look at the submitted ballot measure.