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Bingo!!!! why is it that "conservatives embrace this bloated governmental bureaucracy- an additional layer of government?
Redeveloment Information
have fun reading all this ha ha
Recently the city of Garden Grove Ca. has a three hotel and shopping mall on Harbor blvd, and Twintree lane planned. They moved tenants without the owners being notified and paid all of there expenses. Then they approached the owners with a
weak offer for their property. Meanwhile they tore down adjacent buildings,land purchased by the city, making it a haven for vagrants ,drug dealers and
large amounts of dust from their demolition. When the tennants were moved the grass had no gardner, sending notice to the owners about neglect, they had caused. They hired a realestate appraiser and he was surprised to find everything upgraded to the highest specs and the interiors of the homes superior to many fine private homes. Granite countertops, brand new flooring upgraded cabinets, new utilities etc. The corner has a 4-5 star rating for it's
products "Joes Italian Ice" people come from as far away as San Jaun Capistrano to enjoy this treat and the quality demanded by Mike Abeyta the business owner, Just look at the comments on
Facebook,Twiter etc. I defy the city manager and project manager to find a more revenue producing business per square foot in the whole city of Garden Grove. Hotels average about 40%
occupancy, get a clue Garden Grove this is a tax drain. The jobs promised are usually minimum wage. Where can shelter be found for these workers? They have to have multi families
rent homes causing conflict and expense for the taxpayers. Why not provide low cost loans for property owners and let real business people provide jobs and community development, isn't this the American dream. Cities that have done this are better off and not spending the policemen,firemen and money for schools on pipedreams. Do you smell something wrong? Come on Garden Grove, You are not a vacation destination. I think the city planners and the project management team are working hard to justify their salaries. These Highrise hotels will destroy privacy of homes in the neighborhood. How much business experience do these planners have on running business? One just needs to look at the occupancy rate of the over developed hotels. At this time of economic challenge do we need more vacant hotels?
I AM CONSIDERING SHOWING TO SELL OR TO RENT 4 PROPERTIES THAT A FRIEND HAS. ALL FOUR ARE REDEVELOPMENT PROPERTIES.I DO NOT HAVE MUCH UNDERSTANDING OF "REDEVELOPMENT PROPERTIES" AND HOW IT ALL WORKS, BUT AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE I AM AMAZED AT HOW "MUCH" I DIDN'T KNOW.I SHOW PROPERTIES, RESIDENTIAL IN THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO THEY ARE NOT REDEVELOPMENT PROPERTIES.I SEEN THIS COMMERCIAL BUILDING FOR RENT AND I CALLED TO SEE IF THEY NEEDED HELP IN GETTING IT RENTED.THE OWNER TOLD ME VERY PROUDLY THAT HER PROPERTIES WERE REDEVELOPMENT PROPERTIES AND HOW THE GOV. WOULD HELP ANYONE BUYING OR RENTING WITH PAYING THEIR EMPLOYEES FOR A GIVEN TIME.THESE ARE SMALL BUSINESS BUILDINGS.ANYWAY I'M TRYING TO TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS. IF I HELP THIS PERSON SELL OR RENT THESE BUILDINGS WILL I BE MAKING RDAs STRONGER? OR DOES IT MATTER ONCE RDA HAS SOLD IT TO THE FIRST PERSON. DOES RDA KEEP COLLECTING TAXES OFF OF IT?
The Bullies that work together for the depriving of a USA citizen of their rights, the pursuit of happiness, and fuel and powered by hatred.

There is a name for them. Citizens with the same goal of the same mind, backing financially and with the corrupt support of government agencies that we the people voted in their offices.

These agencies should be swept clean, every person, man or woman should be removed from their positions, striped of all assests, homes, vehicles, boats, bank accounts and all properties be repossessed and lead in handcuffs out of the out the USA.

If one person, regardless of who they are or what they know, who they know or what they done in their lives, under the US constitution has the same rights guaranteed and protected for the people and by the people.

Religion shall never be the motivated factor that should move a mass of people.

The laws, we as a people agreed and voted them in so we wouldn't have any one person taking the law in his or her own hands.

We the people have now taken on the same behaviors as the same groups of people we fight and war against so our citizens may live and enjoy this thing we CALLED pastense! Freedom.

We are now, no better than the terrorist that plague other countries we claim to fight for and protect.

I had to learn this group of people habits, patterns, and their daily activities for close to two year period.

As human beings, we have a flaw, but to the untrained eyes, we go about just as robot, programmed to rise in the morning and go the same route, same stores, visit the same place, people, and do the same thing.... EVERYDAY. We are creatures of habits. And that's when they became as clear as glass.
For nearly two years this group I will referred to as the "PRIVATE SECTOR" = PS. for now.

I was first informally introduced to the PS after legal leverage fail into my lap. This legal leverage was and still is protected under our US constitutions.
This corruption may lead all the way up to judges that heard my case, who I may add are sworn to uphold the free people rights. THE US CONSTITUTIONS. These judges are to be removed from their benches and fired.

Our government systems is corrupted from the fine fibers that keeps everything together.
Just imagine. If we continue to allow the very system we put in place, turn on us, the people and out of fear turn a blind eye, and let it fall on deaf ear, the future will take on the elements of our past.

Who Could be next, who will the PS force to be looked upon in the public's eyes as a person who has some how lost their grip on reality.
I'm very grateful that GOD saw and sees all the PRIVATE SECTOR has and is doing.

I stand here to type my survival of the 21th century lynching program called THE HOBBY.
These are the same people seating in pews of the churches of the USA. Controlling the masses with fear and religion misleading us to accomplished the goals of the hidden agenda. " KEEPING THE PEOPLE MINDS ENSLAVED"

Everything that the PS does is in your face. Right where you don't look. What the PS stands for are in the newspaper, on selected TV stations, on the billboards you pass on the street, and if you are not one ENLIGHTEN to the secret language that is used or if you don't even know where to turn into. You are just that robot programmed to be just that. A stupid blind robot.

My ex-wife drilled in my head that words mean something. To me back then, I was raised in the era of sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.

As I hindsight everything the PS has forced upon me has only did the total opposite. Something they can't understand. Something I'm sure they are doing extensive research on my DNA. Trying to get what they will never be able to possess. And they definitely don't want the people who are enslaved mentally and indirectly physically to have.

I hate to be the one to break this to the people of the USA. But if you think you free, think again.

Keep in mind, everything that the PS do and have done was out into effect many years ago, a mastermind of and from a royal bloodline has created a system to control the masses.

Like I said, I'm here as a survivor as a witness for the one and only true GOD. The maker of many kingdoms and
The one that wrote on the wall.
There is nothing that PS can do to fight against the hand of GOD.

I stand strong only because I'm weak. So I fear not for it is the truth of all the wickedness that has and is going on, and that's just in California.

So, my job is to expose it, reveal all the PS secrets. Show the people the way to GOD.

The PS have been here since the 1200's these are the same people stemming all the way back to the fall of man in the garden of Eden. They are the same one ruling the world in the land of Egypt that held the people for sole power to do just that. Ruling and run the world.

Just open your eyes, these are the ones that demanded. a sign. That was the dead Give away of who was who and what I was up against.

Sure everyone abandoned me, just like Job, but They are not allowed to take my life.
That's when I knew without a shadow of doubt. GOD is controlling this to bring full freedom to his people.

Everyone said I am crazy, accept my ex-wife, nope ill take any test, I'm sure as the day I was born, the GOD of love, kept my mind at peace and sound from the harm of all the mentally abuse that any one mind could ever handle in one life time.

Look it up it on the web, A vital tool GOD gave Me to stand against the Giant.
It only took one STONE to bring down the real MONSTER that plagued the land of fear.

But GOD used a young man, void of any knowledge of war or fighting the battles for the kingdom.
For me as Each day turned into weeks,months GOD revealed his decree that is sent forth as a warning of the judgements that is coming upon the ancient pharaoh and the Egyptian people .

Yet, I boast in the GOD that created me and not of myself.
So my mind is strong and well. The PS uses drugs to put fear in GOD Elect, excerising the use of military technologies of the INFRASOUND.

Look it up. Our military have designed a weapon on which they use this devise as a weapon on our enemies of war, causing whole villages to go crazy or kill themselves.

This devise is known to cause loud ringing in the brain, not the ears.
This devise can omit frequencies against the human body if over a long period of time will cause heart failure, major organ shut down, it can also heat up a body just like a mircowave, causing dehydration, if used on a person using a strong drug. Cocaine,or meth. Along that line of strength can and will cause rise and drop of heart rate.

If pointed at any one person and set to a frequencies this infrasound devise will cause a intelligent person to experience confusion and lost of concentration over the smallest task.

People of the USA. We have enemies in our own back yards using the very devise to aid us on the war on terror and a means to destroy the target as they referred to us.

Wake up!! wake up!! , The giant is coming down, the kingdom has been torn from you Saul, GOD is not and will not walk with you because your hand is completely caked with the blood of his elect. Their blood cries out from the ground and sea you put them in. You are the unworthty steward pleading for mercy and when you received that mercy you showed none to your brother.

It is the judgement you carelessly measured out on his elect. And now the same measurement is poured back as you read this letter. Judgment is knocking at each and every person's doors. Be it a man or a woman and even your childrens.
You are guilty of using them as a cloak to cover your wickedness,

THE GOD ALMIGHTY has decreed
Excellent job, Steven.
Comments about Trea Cleaves



Kdsnk9s


Moving a sick and starving horse to avoid detection?!? Hang em from the highest tree! One horse died and one was moved to The Golden Carrot to live out his life in health and happiness. Check out http://www.goldencarrotrescue.com to see him and make a donation to a great cause that takes care of horses that no one wants any more! Every $ goes directly to the horses!!!

May 5, 2011 at 10:52 am | Reply | Report comment

bcb


I AGREE

May 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Reply | Report comment

Pam


They only have to wait until probation is over before they starve and neglect other horses? People who have been convicted of animal cruelty should never be allowed to own any more animals. How someone can be cruel to any animial shows their lack of heart or empathy. They will never have kindness in them. And anyone who thinks Michael Vick has learned his lesson hasn’t heard the interview I did, where he said he has “no regrets”. Really? All those dogs he murdered with his own hands and he has no regrets? But as long as he can throw a football, and there’s enough money involved, then I guess all is well. What a world!

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Trea


OUR HORSES WERE BOARDED OUT AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF RIVERSIDE ANIMAL CONTROL. THEY WERE IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION BEFORE THEY WERE BOARDED OUT WITH ANIMAL CONTROL’S OWN JASON LOPEZ FOR 4 MONTHS FOLLOWING THE FIRES IN 2007. WE PLED NOLO CONTENDRE BECAUSE THIS CASE HAS BEEN IN THE COURT FOR 685 DAYS WITH 43 CONTINUANCES. THE COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEYS REFUSED TO SPEAK TO US BECAUSE THEY ARE COVERING UP THE CRAZY VENDETTAS OD RIVERISIDE ANIMAL CONTROL.. CHECK OUT THE BLOG “corruptionriversideanimalcontrol” and Pro per inc – Franklin and Trea Cleaves story to find out the TRUE FACTS OF THIS CASE. because ot this article we are withdrawing our plea. we have never harmed any animals much less our own beloved horses and dogs.
All of our animals are service animals and our horses are rescued “Lame to Fame Foundation” is our self supported equine rescue. Riverside animal control is trying to paint themselves as warm and fuzzy animal resues – they have their own “non profits” that they want all donations to go to. Only such a malicious organiztion as riverside animal control could conceive of such an idea as people harming their own animals. and hiding them from animal control so they can continue to abuse them. HUH???

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kdsnk9s


I saw the conditions your horses were in you lunatic. You deserve way more than what you got. Go ahead, withdraw your plea, take it to a jury. Then you will be in jail where you belong!

Trea Cleaves is being decptive in her comments. These are the terms of her probation she received after pleading guilty to animal cruelty. Her stallion was reposessed not stolen after writing a bad check to the original owner.


Case SWF027005 - CLEAVES, TREA - Probation
Probation Type: SUMMARY Granted: 05/02/2011 Expire: 05/01/2014

SUMMARY PROBATION GRANTED FOR A PERIOD OF 36 MONTHS, UNDER THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
1) OBEY ALL LAWS, ORDINANCES, AND COURT ORDERS.
2) BE COMMITTED TO THE CUSTODY OF THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF FOR ONE DAY FOR BOOKING PURPOSES ONLY. REPORT TO RPDC BY 05/09/2011.
3) PAY VICTIM RESTITUTION IN THE AMOUNT OF $54000.00, (PC 1203.1(A)(3)).
4) ADDED TERM: RESTITUTION IS TO PAID TO ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES.
5) SUBMIT TO IMMEDIATE SEARCH OF PERSON/AUTO/HOME/PREMISES/GARAGE/STORAGE AREAS & PERSONAL/LEASED PROPERTY, WITH OR W/OUT CAUSE, BY PO OR LAW ENFORCEMENT
6) ADDED TERM: DO NOT OWN OR POSSESS ANY HORSES.
Concerned Taxpayer June 24, 2011 at 8:03 PM
The Healdsburg (Sonoma County) Redevelopment Agency in it's rush to obligate remaining funds has included a Waste Water Recirculation system in direct violation of the Gann Initiative which precludes the use of property taxes in support of municipal utilities. Where is Caltax when we need them.
Bob Lucas - Riverside Redevelopment Agency stated "Riverside Animal Control is very powerful. If they get a h__d on for you, you're life is over." Please email me if you read a little bit of what we are going through (the next 'comment') allthegoldinfortknox@yahoo.com
Thanks,
Trea
WOW!
Do you know Bob Lucas? Riverside Economic - REDEVELOPMENT - Development Supervisor.
He has a very cozy relationship with The Riverside Board of Supervisors AND Riverside Animal Control.
He is responsible for building 3 new $20 + or -Million Animal Control Facilities in the last 2 years.
He also has a "for Profit" horse rescue. 'Lucas Mountain Ranch.'
One of his MANY WELL DOCUMENTED SCAMS: He gets Riverside Animal Control Agents to sneak around seizing horses from Unsuspecting Horse rescues. The most recent that even I know about is right in WILDOMAR, Ca. Right across the street from 1 of his NEW SHELTERS! The owner of the COMMERCIAL PROPERTY has lived and owned the ranch for 42 YEARS!! The mayor of Wildomar happens to be a Commercial Real Estate Broker, etc., etc.
The D.A. - led by the infamous D.A., Rod Pacheco - then FILES FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY against the horse owners (see blog - corruptionriversidecounty - most of the 'comments' are mine) Our story is on 'Pro Per Inc' Franklin and Trea Cleaves. There are several short videos. PLEASE CHECK IT OUT - especially the 1 that is titled "Jason Lopez - skinny horses" is is shot at Santa Anita Race Track - so you KNOW that Franklin is a respected Thoroughbred Trainer.
Riverside County Counsel HIRES the defense attorneys AND files the charges AND defends the Criminal gov. agents.
ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY
Bob Lucas ALSO STOLE OUR REGISTERED THOROUGHBRED RACE HORSE STALLION. There is an eyewitness to the theft!!!!!
My Husband is a 100% Service Disabled (paralyzed) Viet Nam Veteran and Race horse trainer. Our Horses, a 501c3 self supported "Lame to Fame Foundation" were boarded out with Riverside Animal Control Disaster boarding facility when the ranch we were in the process of moving to burned in the wildfires of 2007. This facility STARVED OUR HORSES for the 4 months they were boarded there. Lucas then stole 2 horses and Animal Control seized our horses without ANY NOTICE and accused us of FELONY Animal Cruelty
PLEASE HELP US TELL OUR STORY. It will DEFINITELY EXPOSE INCREDIBLE CORRUPTION from the REDEVELOPMENT SCAMS RIGHT THROUGH THE BLATANT RAILROADING OF INNOCENT VICTIMS OF THESE OUT OF CONTROL GOV. AGENTS
Thanks,
Trea

MR. GREENHUT:
A FRIEND OF MINE HAS BEEN FINANCIALLY AND PERSONALLY DEVASTATED BY THE PELLISIER RANCH RDA IN THE CITY OF COLTON.

THERE IS NO MONEY TO ACQUIRE THE PROPERTIES AND YET NO BUYER WILL STEP UP WHEN THE TITLES ARE NOT SECURE: THIS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM OF SOME TEN YEARS STANDING:

HAVE THERE BEEN COURT ACTIONS WHICH MIGHT OFFER HIM SOME HOPE? THE LOCAL LAWYERS SEEM OBLIVIOUS TO THE POSSIBILIIES OF REDRESSING THIS GREVANCE IN A MANNER WHICH WOULD COMPENSATE HIM WITH A PUNITIVE JUDGEMENT AGAINST COLTON.

ANY THOUGHTS APPRECIATED. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK~

LEE BRANCH
Thank you for this excellent article on Redevelopment, the vampire that never dies. We sued the City of Santa Rosa in 2006 to stop the 1,100 acre Gateways Redevelopment Area running through the center of the city. We challenged the blight findings after finding literally hundreds of 'errors' in the consultants' reports that supported blight. All of the errors went their way. I was elected to the project area committee and I think we were one of the few PACs to ever vote down the creation of a redevelopment project area.

With others, my partner and I formed a business and property owners association and non-profit, sued and lost in Superior Court, and then moved up to the Appellate level where we lost again (Tokerud v City of Santa Rosa).

The three years that the case took delayed the implementation of the project (which was to include about $30 million for a shopping center parking garage) and now the economy has stopped all activity on it. The City still has the power of eminent domain until 2018, and of course can extend it.

Redevelopment is a theft of our property rights and our future, and must be ended immediately.
The case against CRA's is very much overstated. True too many have focused on big box store attraction and creating auto malls but most have in fact reinvigorated old downtowns to restore their economic vitality and furthered the cause of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization. Some selective abuses have occurred when CRA's build or buy public buildings or aid utilities broadly even in violation of the Gann Initiatives prohibition against tax support of Utilities as Healdsburg is doing with a recycled water water project.
I applied for redevelopment funds once because I am a low income widow with a house in need of repair. I was denied and found out later (from an article in the local paper)that the Mayor was first in line to get the funding. He said, well I was first to know about it, so I was first to apply.
I'm happy to hear that Gov. Brown will divert the dollars from Redevelopment back to the schools because here in my city, it is the same old, same old developers who get all the money and the same old Realtor's who make all the deals and also belong to the Chamber, Board of Education, Planning Commission, City Council and they have been there for 30 years. This town is bulging with Condo's supposedly for low income people, but for some reason all the low income people come from the same country and that is not the U.S. of A. We are so blighted with condo's (thank God not in my neighborhood) because we fought and won an R-I classification for this historical area, but other 1900's houses have been razed for new "Mansions". Good on you Gov. Brown.
When I first heard of Brown's proposal, I contacted the mayor's office in San Jose, my home, to show my support for killing RDAs.

The mayor, a supposed fiscal conservative, emailed back saying he would continue to lobby for HIS RDA.

Looking at a map of areas to be redeveloped, one sees little pockets scattered about the city. Now, drive by some of them and see if you can pick them out from non-RDA land - you can't! Others have been dilapidated strip malls - now spiffed up with government money.

Of course, the big prize is state money to buy the SF 49ers a new stadium here in the South Bay. All I can say is "Thanks for the traffic jams!"
I just looked up Daly City's Redevelopment Agency. All meetings were cancelled. No board of directors is named in the city website. It appears to be a way to pay off politcal crony's. Disgusting.
This is an excellent article for folks who want to educate themselves on the failures (and outright fraud!) of central planning. RDA's are the current method that local agencies use to control property use, and dish out free money to favored developers. Check out a great book by Randal O'Toole on planning called: "The Best Laid Plans (How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future)".
And there ain't nothing Gov. Brown can do about it....
Sacramento created these agencies and can eliminate them. Good for the Governor.
Find all members of the 'Secret Government' and arrest/jail them.
Find all members of the 'Secret Government' and arrest/jail them.
Get rid of the State Dept of Education as well! They are nothing but a money sucking bureaucracy that has nothing to do with a kid's education!
The thing is we the rest of America will have to bail them out.
Go for it Jerry. RDA's are run mostly by a bunch of people who never ran a business, just a bunch of people want to control everything.
That was bit messy.

But check out that Tax Increment Financing Graph.

It nails TIF for what it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:TIF_graph.pdf&page=1

Your article was bloghged here

http://bojack.org/2011/05/the_false_promises_of_urban_re.html

YOu might like this graph that first appeared here.

http://bojack.org/images/urbanrenewalgraph.pdf

now it's here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_increment_financing

and here

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:TIF_graph.pdf&page=1

I wonder how may people around come across it?


Posted by Ben | May 6, 2011 5:55 PM

Sorry Nick, The only thing wrong with the paragraph you cite is that it doesn't go far enough. These are just boondoogles. This week, the City of Montebello bonds were downgraded to junk status. Officials keep giving varying dates for when the city runs out of money. HUD is suing the city to recover housing funds for houses that were never built. Redevelopment money was diverted into secret bank accounts that nobody remembers opening. The City Attorney investigates his own actions and represents clients that have official business before the city. In short, this is another city run by a bunch of crooks. This is all straight out of George Washington Plunkitt's Tammany Hall of 100 years ago ("I seen my opportunities and I took 'em.")
LOL Of all things stupid. What is amazing is that the people who pay taxes were left in the dark about how they were being screwed.

No wonder California is is the state it is in. I can just imagine what else was swept under the rug so people would not know where their money has been going.
Go for it Jerry; these schemes are just slush funds for the in crowd; but its a tough nut to crack.
I agree as much as the next reasonable person that urban renewal is often misused, but this paragraph isn't journalism, and for the most part isn't accurate:

In theory, RDAs spearhead blight removal. In fact, they divert billions of dollars from traditional services, such as schools, parks, and firefighting; use eminent domain to seize property for favored developers; and run up California’s debt to pay those developers to construct projects of dubious public value, such as stadiums and big-box stores.
To J quincy.
I was not aware that CA repubs opposed the abolition of RDA's. If they do, it would explain why they keep losing in CA. If you can't depend on repubs to oppose unaccountable big gov crony capitalism entities like this, than they are useless. We may as well vote for dems.

CA repubs had better wake up, and join Brown in opposing RDA's. Not every idea is bad, just because it is proposed by a dem, and business lobbies oppose it. Brown is right this time. Where is the CA Tea Party on this. They should be supporting Brown here, raising cain, and threatening some of these crony capitalist repubs with primary challengers.
I didn't much like Jerry Brown, but I must applaud him for proposing the abolition of these RDA's. If he continues taking on money wasting special interest lobbies like this, I might change my mind about him, and admit he is doing a good job
Abolition of these RDA's should be supported by both liberals and conservatives. Conservatives, because they represent unaccounntable big gov crony capitalism, and consume a lot of tax money, for questionable benefits. Liberals, because they favor big corporations, at the expense of middle class neighborhoods.

The only reason they still exist is because politicians toady to the special interest lobbies that represent them. Any politician, repub or dem, that still supports these RDA's should be voted out of office, for their lack of integrity, and contempt for taxpayers and ordinary citizens.
Same things happen here in Illinois. An fiscally unsound state.
Holy Jumping Zen! This is not 1 April, so...

If the Governor cannot eliminate RDAs directly,
the light of publicity he shines on them should
convince local voters to do the job, by replacing
their local administration, en masse.
Constitution First May 06, 2011 at 12:17 PM
May California serve as a warning for others.
Wow. As a life-long Californian, I'm very, very worried about our once great state. Given the greed and corruption (call it what it is) in our government and the sheer ignorance and in many cases enforced stupidity of the electorate, what hope is there to prevent a complete financial and economic collapse?

Average Californian's are now looking at a future of increasing costs for nearly everything due to our government purposefully increasing the cost we pay for energy (gas, diesel, electricity), building and running a business as well as increasing taxes and fees on our income, vehicles, food, services, home, clothing, and pretty much everything that makes up their lives.

In short the future is California looks bleak: Hotter homes in the summer and colder homes in the winter; fewer and lower paying jobs; those lucky enough to work will make less and have more taken out by the federal, state and local government; they will also have to live with more fees and taxes on every aspect their lives; they will have to deal with the constantly increasing number of regulations controlling ever more of their lives; the deterioration of our schools will continue; those in the middle class who start businesses will if at all possible move to another state ; the wealthy who fund most business start-ups and provide most growth capital will put their money to work in states where there is less risk of loss and more opportunity for success; and so on and so on...

Thanks to our law makers and selfish, myopic voters over the past three decades, what was once the greatest place in the world has been brought low and worse is nowhere near to finding a way to return to prosperity.

Why?

Because it's too hard; doing what's really necessary would "offend" someone; and politicians can continue to get re-elected by lying to the voters.
Well, Gov Brown.The rest of the country thinks of you as a buffoon who doesn`know up from down.Dumping RDA can be a blessing to the burdend taxpayers and a character builder for you.You could recapture the spirit of enterprise and approbation of the CAL taxpayers.Damn the torpedoes,all ahead at flank speed
Not mentioned in the article is that without out the federal subsidy of municipal tax exempt bonds most of these idiocies would never be able to be funded. The time has come to eliminate the tax exempt status of local and state bond issues.

As for California, abolishing the RDAs would be a good start but their real problem is the diversion of local property taxes to the state. Perhaps they would be better off if the local and county governments were to keep the bulk of the property taxes and sales taxes collected in their respective jurisdictions and leave the income tax revenues to the state.

If the republicans were to regain control of Congress, this eminent domain abuse needs to be addressed immediately along with the Davis-Bacon Act and the state and local analogues. Its the mentality that pushes for the maximum tax revenue generation of property that must be quelled. As long as the property was purchased legally, is being used in a lawful manner it should not be a decision of a government body on how to best use the property for the purposes of maximizing tax revenues. This is the underlying disease.

Bonfire of the Idiocies May 06, 2011 at 9:58 AM
Funny how agencies empowered to "do good" for the people end up profiting narrow interests. If this were an aberration, it would be one thing; but, it is the rule, not the exception. It's why socialism simply does not work.
Thank you. I am continually amazed at the creepy bureacracies that have developed and grown throughout every level of government. Makes me want to go into 'public service' and get a piece of the scam. Either that or just silently weep at the situation.
Plus the guys who run these agencies have to keep finding new projects - justifiable or not - in order to maintain a pretense for keeping their jobs. After all, if there are no projects, who needs an RDA.
You forgot to mention the infamous OC City of Westminster. Under the auspices of Integrity Mayor Margie Rice declared the entire City blighted even though many areas had million dollar homes and beautiful shopping areas. She did all this so we could have a $20 million theater. The best part is the City paid for the entire project and Margie is the President of the non-profit that operates the theater. We also got the Sid something or other Freedom park from Councilman Frank Fry who promised, as did Margie Rice, that private fund raising would take care of the needs of the maitainance of the facilities. Of course that never came to fruition even in boom economic times. Now I have a high school failing 50% of our students, and a new $100 million, yes that is two zero's, Police Station. We are a city of barely 100,000 people. Are they serious? Of course to top it off Mayor Rice proudly announced that "they" told her she had to spend the money so now we have a workout gym which is used by small children as a jungle gym.
"One developer proposed a Latino theme park"

Apparently a second proposal, to construct a 'Celebrate Whiteness Theme Park,' didn't quite make it off the ground.

Seriously, yet another excellent article in 'City Journal.' Sure, we need basic common-sense health, safety and environmental regulations, but beyond that it is astounding how many within government and without spend so much time praising free enterprise without really believing in it.
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Border Enforcement + Immigration Moratorium = Job, Crime and Eco Sanity.
When Greenhut's written about this subject elsewhere he has properly indicated that it is the Republican delegation obstructing SB77 (in fact, all of them, with the obvious exception of Chris Norby). Why was this information omitted here?
Norman F. Hapke Jr. April 21, 2011 at 9:02 PM
I'm director of the Jacobs Family Foundation and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. We are a medium sized family foundation, both grant-making and operating, that does resident-led neighborhood development in one neighborhood in southeast San Diego. We began our work with a commercial development, Market Creek Plaza in 1996 and have extensive experience with the kind of organizations you are talking about, most of it negative. What you say in the article is very pertinent and accurate. I would be interested in talking with Mr Greenhut. BTW, I'm a good friend of Sally and she's visited our work.
Makes one understand why there revolutionaries. You can only patch over so much rotten legislation before it becomes clear that the Gordian knot has to be cut by force.