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Cities Concerned with Redevelopment Dissolution Bill, Should Prepare for Legislature’s Return Aug. 17

July 24, 2015
When the Legislature returns from its summer recess on Aug. 17, the State Capitol will become chaotic with action on many bills prior to the session’s adjournment on Sept. 11.
Therefore, it remains important for city officials concerned about AB 113’s harmful provisions to take advantage of the remaining weeks of the legislative recess to communicate with their legislators and update letters.

Earlier this week, the League submitted a packet to the members of the Senate Budget Committee, the members of the Assembly Democrat Working Group and key legislative consultants containing nearly 100 letters from cities that have recently confirmed with the League that they remain opposed to AB 113
The major concern for many cities with AB 113 is its effort to reverse court decisions and existing incentives offered to cities in AB 1484 of 2012 as encouragement to expeditiously resolve issues and obtain a Department of Finance “finding of completion.” Now that many agencies have made the concessions necessary to obtain these findings, it is simply wrong to move the goalposts and change the rules.

Prior to the legislative break, the Senate Budget Committee canceled a scheduled hearing on the bill, no hearing is currently scheduled. The Assembly Democrat Caucus also convened a small working group several weeks ago to examine the redevelopment proposal. Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) chairs this committee.
City AB 113 Summer Break “To Do” List
  1. If a city is harmed by this proposal and is not listed in opposition, they need to get an opposition letter submitted to the Legislature.
  2. If a city is listed in opposition, they should check in with their legislators over the break and remind them of their continued opposition and what the impacts would be to their community. Personal meetings during the break may be particularly helpful.
  3. Each city that is opposed to the bill is encouraged to also send an updated oppose letter on the bill (sample attached), especially if their prior letter was to a previous RN # version, so legislators or staff cannot later say that they haven’t heard from their city on AB 113. If a city has problems with the definition of “loan” or interest rate in AB 113, then they are also encouraged to add specifics in the letter that reflect estimated local impacts. 
The League has prepared a sample letter that city officials can use to oppose AB 113 that is available through the League’s website.

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