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And Then There Were 100 Lawsuits

May 13, 2013
Over the last few months the League has been tracking and reporting on the number of lawsuits that have been filed in Sacramento County Superior Court contesting either parts of AB 1484, the redevelopment agency dissolution implementation law passed in 2012, or specific actions by the Department of Finance, which is charged under state law with administering the dissolution process.
 
The number of redevelopment-related lawsuits reached the century milestone (100) last week, suggesting the conflict surrounding the Legislature’s 2011 controversial dissolution decision is far from over.

Prior articles in CA Cities Advocate have covered the League’s own lawsuit, challenging the property and sales tax clawbacks and other provisions of AB 1484. That matter is currently under submission following the April 19 oral argument. A ruling is expected by Aug. 1.
 
The recently filed lawsuits cover disputes ranging from matters concerning affordable housing, repayment of loans, disputes of audits, and other matters. The League maintains an updated list of redevelopment-related lawsuits at www.cacities.org/RDAcases.
 
In related developments reported on earlier, various bills are moving forward in the Legislature to create new forms of tax increment financing in the wake of the dissolution of redevelopment. For more, please see CA Cities Advocate, May 2, “Action in the Capitol This Week on Economic Development, Redevelopment and Enterprise Zones.“ The League strongly supports many of these measures that will begin to provide some new economic development tools to cities whose job creation and infrastructure development efforts were hurt severely when redevelopment agencies were dissolved.


 
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