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CA State Controller John Chiang RDA Audit Findings

CA State Controller Audit of Redevelopment Agencies – Click here for full report

Read State Controller Press Release – 3.7.11 Press Release: Controller Issues Redevelopment Finding

State Legislative Analyst’s Office Report – The 2011-12 Budget: Should California End Redevelopment Agencies?

Subsidizing Redevelopment in California
Public Policy Institute of California Study

2.25.98 Press Release – Redevelopment Agencies in California Receive Huge Annual Subsidies

California Scheming
What Every Californian Should Know About Eminent Domain Abuse

An Institute for Justice Publication

In the years since the 2005 Kelo decision, 42 states have passed eminent domain reform that in one form or another restricts this awesome power of government—the power to take away and destroy someone’s home or small business, farm or church, often for another private party’s benefit. Although many state reforms were meaningful, some were not. California’s reforms were among the weakest in the nation. With more than 700 redevelopment areas, hundreds of documented abuses of eminent domain since 2001, and tens of thousands of properties threatened by eminent domain, California is one of the states most in need of real eminent domain reform. In the Institute for Justice’s 2007 study, 50 State Report Card: Tracking Eminent Domain Reform Legislation since Kelo, California’s eminent domain reform received a “D-“ for the new laws’ ineffectiveness.

Doomsday? No Way.
An Institute for Justice Publication
By Dick M. Carpenter II, Ph.D. and John K. Ross

Despite doomsday predictions from abusers of eminent domain, this report finds states can pass strong property rights protection reforms and have economic development, too.

Myths and Realities of Eminent Domain Abuse
A Castle Coalition Publication

In the debate over eminent domain abuse, municipalities and developers often advance myths in defense of the government’s use of this power for private commercial development. In response to those myths, the Castle Coalition offers something far more compelling – the truth.

Eminent Threat? An Analysis of Contributions to Property-Rights Ballot Measures, 2006
Published by the National Institute on Money in State Politics
By Denise Roth Barber

This report examines campaign contributions to ballot measure committees formed to support or oppose the 13 property-rights measures on statewide ballots across the nation in 2006. The report finds that 70% of all contributions were raised by opponents of the reform measures. And more money was spent against California’s Proposition 90 than was spent against eminent domain reform ballot measures in all other states combined!

Victimizing the Vulnerable: The Demographics of Eminent Domain Abuse
An Institute for Justice Publication
By Dick M. Carpenter II, Ph.D. and John K. Ross

This study examined U.S. Census data and determined that the poor, less educated and minorities are disproportionately targets of eminent domain abuse.

50 State Report Card: Tracking Eminent Domain Reform Legislation since Kelo
A Castle Coalition Publication

In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kelo v. City of New London decision, 41 states have passed new laws aimed at curbing the abuse of eminent domain for private use. This report examines those reforms, state by state, and issues each a letter grade.

Development Without Eminent Domain
An Institute for Justice Publication
By Curt Pringle, Mayor of Anaheim

This report, by Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, describes how Anaheim’s leadership brought economic vibrancy to the city without resorting to any takings of private property. It also explores the successes and failures of other cities around the nation in economic redevelopment.

Opening the Floodgates: Eminent domain abuse in a post-Kelo world.
An Institute for Justice Publication
By Dana Berliner

Attorney Dana Berliner shows how the Kelo ruling opened the floodgates to even greater use of eminent domain for private profit—exactly as Justice O’Connor predicted in her Kelo dissent.

Eminent Domain and African Americans, What is the Price of the Commons?
An Institute for Justice Publication
By Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD

In this study, Dr. Fullilove, a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University, examines the effects of eminent domain abuse on the African American community.

Eminent Domain Abuse Survival Guide
A Castle Coalition Publication

Activists nationwide have used the Eminent Domain Abuse Survival Guide to successfully fight illegitimate land-grabs. Expanding on the most effective practical strategies to protect your property outside of the courtroom, the Survival Guide is designed to be a comprehensive roadmap for any grassroots battle against eminent domain for private development.

Redevelopment: The Unknown Government
Published by Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform (MORR), through a grant from the Fieldstead Institute, Irvine, CA.

A concise, user-friendly guide explaining what Redevelopment is and what can be done to stop it.

Suggested Reading:

Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America, by Timothy Sandefur

Real-life stories and solid legal analysis combine to show why property rights are the “cornerstone of liberty,” how they are protected in the U.S. Constitution, and how the Supreme Court’s Kelo v. New London case has impacted them.

Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain, by Steven Greenhut

“Today, governments will take a church’s land or an entire neighborhood to make way for a discount store, auto mall, theme park or anything else that promises a higher amount of tax revenue. Anything goes, as long as officials call it a ‘public use.'” This is a story about injustice and unfairness, but also about people who reached deep within themselves and mustered the courage to fight back.