California’s state controller is reviewing whether a deal allowing the Oakland A’s to purchase land owned by San Jose’s dissolved redevelopment agency for a new ballpark flouts a new state law.
At issue is $30 million in tax dollars which were slated for the San Francisco 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara.
The California Supreme Court said Thursday that Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers have the authority to eliminate community redevelopment agencies but not force them to redirect their taxes to local services.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of the spending bills passed by the Democrats does not go far enough to protect local control of redevelopment money that California cities depend on, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Thursday.
The spending plan approved Wednesday by Democrats requires companies to collect the state sales tax on online purchases made by California residents.
Santa Clara leaders are considering giving $4.5 million for a new football stadium to the 49ers to possibly keep it from state officials.
An audit by the state controller’s office has found that redevelopment agencies in California do not have a way to show how well they are fighting blight or creating jobs.
Mayors from across the state are offering Governor Jerry Brown a new plan, all in an effort to save redevelopment agencies.
Many of the mayors said it doesn’t make economic sense to cut redevelopment agencies.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday defended the cuts and restructuring proposals in his budget plan against attacks by mayors who say they will cost jobs, and health and welfare advocates who say the changes could cost lives.