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City Officials Testify in Opposition of Governor’s RDA Dissolution Proposal

March 6, 2015
City officials from up and down the state testified before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration Tuesday in opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s FY 2015-16 redevelopment dissolution budget proposal.
Read about the League’s position in “League Takes Oppose Unless Amended Position on DOF Redevelopment Dissolution Budget Package,” CA Cities Advocate, Feb. 25, 2015.

During the committee hearing, a Department of Finance (DOF) representative reviewed the Governor’s proposal. According to testimony, the proposal is a “starting point for discussion on the dissolution of redevelopment process” and “provides an opportunity to have a dialogue with interested parties on concerns with current proposal as well what other process changes that would need to be included.”
Following the DOF, city officials voiced their opposition and testified about the adverse impacts the Governor’s plan would have on their cities. They talked about how the plan seeks changes that would reverse court decisions, change laws retroactively, undo previous incentives, and limit transparency, accountability and opportunities for local agencies to protect their legal rights.       
The League would like to thank the following city officials for attending and testify during this week’s hearing:
Name Title City
Rachel Hurst director of community development Coronado
Joe Calabrigo city manager Danville
Newell Arnerich council member Danville
Niccolo De Luca legislative representative Emeryville, Walnut Creek, San Leandro and Oakland
Greg Sparks city manager Eureka
Marlene Murphey executive director Fresno Successor Agency
Debra Barletta finance officer Fresno Successor Agency
Jason Behrmann city manager Galt
Mark Crews mayor Galt
Gillian van Muyden chief assistant city attorney Glendale
Renee Bonincontri council member Gonzales
Rene Mendez city manager Gonzales
Frank Spavacek city manager La Quinta
Paolo Beltran government affairs director Lakewood
Laureen Turner vice mayor Livermore
Ovi Popesco council member Loma Linda
Luis Solache mayor Lynwood
Mike Murphy council member Merced
Jack Hadjinian mayor Montebello
Jeffrey Giba council member Moreno Valley
Joy Canfield administrative services director Murrieta
Pat Eklund mayor pro tem Novato
Michelle Mingay senior finance analyst Rancho Cordova
Susana Jackson accountant Rancho Cordova
Rina Gonzales deputy city attorney Riverside
Mike Gardner council member Riverside
Emilio Ramirez interim director, community development Riverside
David Jones legislative representative Sacramento
Brice McQueen senior management analyst, Department of Finance Sunnyvale
Kenneth Flewellyn assistant finance director Torrance
Jane Chambers city manager Ukiah
Emily Cantu housing services director Vacaville
Felipe Hernandez council member Watsonville
Karina Cervantes council member Watsonville
Lowell Hurst council member Watsonville
Trina Coffman-Gomez council member Watsonville
Jimmy Dutra council member Watsonville
David Koch assistant city manger Watsonville
Jan Davison successor agency consultant Watsonville
John Leonard manager, revenue management West Hollywood

The League also extends appreciation to comments made by committee chair Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian (D-Studio City) and committee members Assembly Members Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) during the hearing that supported League and city official opposition arguments. In addition, the League thanks Assembly Members Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino), Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) and Jose Medina (D-Riverside) for attending the hearing of their own volition and testifying in opposition of the RDA dissolution proposal. 
The Governor’s proposal will be heard next in the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration and General Government, April 9 at 9:30 a.m. in State Capitol room 2040. More information will become available closer to the hearing date.

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