In a letter to its members, CRA wrote:
“ … We are confronted with the unfortunate reality that the years of incredible success with redevelopment – building affordable housing, creating jobs, cleaning up and reusing contaminated sites and revitalizing communities – have now come to an end due to a policy choice of the State of California to address its fiscal imbalance in part by dissolving redevelopment agencies. As a result, cities and counties in California will, at least for a time, have to address community revitalization needs without this incredibly powerful tool …The value of what you and your agencies have created for California communities will be sorely missed. We believe that the State Legislature is beginning to realize this, and has already begun the discussion of the ‘next generation’ of community revitalization tools.”
Upon learning of the news, League Executive Director Chris McKenzie expressed his deep appreciation and respect for CRA’s board, staff and membership.
“CRA has helped its members change the face of urban California in overwhelmingly positive ways while at the same time creating jobs for California taxpayers who finance valuable state and local services. Since 1979, CRA has provided unparalleled educational and lobbying services to its members on redevelopment matters and they will be greatly missed,” said McKenzie.
The League remains dedicated to its efforts to represent the interests of cities on issues concerning urban revitalization, blight abatement and economic development. At its board meeting later this month, the League board of directors will consider recommendations from our Next Generation Task Force on this matter. The League is focused on partnering with the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to develop and enact new economic development tools that will help cities continue the long record of success of redevelopment agencies throughout California in constructing affordable housing, transforming brownfields into productive uses and promoting sustainable development.