Representatives from the League and the California Redevelopment Association (CRA) testified in support of the bill, thanking the author for recent amendments that clarified and improved a number of provisions in the law of concern to successor agencies. For more background on the League's support of AB 1585, please see the March 13 CA Cities Advocate article "League Supports Redevelopment Dissolution Cleanup Bill, AB 1585."
Assembly Member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) presented the bill to the committee on behalf of Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles). She reiterated that it was never the intent of the Legislature to eliminate all redevelopment agencies statewide and that the Supreme Court's decision to uphold AB 1x 26 but strike down AB 1 x 27 created a much larger undertaking than the state had anticipated. She addressed the work being done to clean up various and complex technical issues needed in order to make the dissolution of redevelopment agencies as straightforward as possible.
"We are hoping to assist our cities and counties in an orderly fashion," said Assembly Member Atkins.
Assembly Member Atkins noted that she and staff would continue to work on the many technical issues that continue to be raised regarding the implementation of AB 1x 26. She also thanked legislators and staff who have been working on the bill, including author Speaker John Pérez, for their efforts and cooperation in taking on the difficult process of cleaning up AB 1x 26.
This bill will be heard in the Assembly Local Government Committee next Wednesday, March 21. Hearing details are scheduled to appear in the Daily File tomorrow. The League, CRA and other stakeholders have expressed their desire to continue to working with the author and other legislators to achieve additional amendments to address other AB 1x 26 implementation concerns.