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REDEVELOPMENT REFORM UPDATE – STILL ELIMINATED UNDER MAY REVISE

May 20, 2011

The battle for elimination of California Redevelopment continues, even after release of the Governor’s “May Revise.” The Governor’s proposal for complete elimination of this funding remains as part of the plan, even though it has been met with stiff resistance by a broad coalition of local agencies, labor, business, affordable housing advocates, More »

GOVERNOR RELEASES “MAY REVISE” BUDGET

On Monday, Governor Brown released his revised budget plan. Known as the “May Revise,” this is an update meant to reflect the most current revenue numbers to the budget already submitted to the Legislature in January. According to the Governor’s office, the new budget still allows for a $10 billion structural deficit, but in the near term reduces More »

SEIU PLANS MILLION DOLLAR+ POLITICAL CAMPAIGN ON BUDGET

May 13, 2011

The state’s largest public employee union, Service Employees International Union California, announced plans to launch a “seven-figure” ad campaign targeting Republican members of the Legislature to pressure them into voting for a budget deal. This is part of an overall strategy by unions to “turn up the heat” on Legislators in order More »

BUDGET HERE! BUDGET THERE! BUDGET NOWHERE!

April 1, 2011

Ever since Governor Brown was inaugurated, he has been working on eliminating the almost $30B deficit and adopting a budget that reflected cuts and an extension of some existing taxes that are set to expire mid-year. Well, the legislature passed the first part of the budget – reflecting over $13B in cuts – but all negotiations on the tax package More »

BUDGET PASSES ON MAJORITY VOTE – HISTORY MADE – TAX QUESTIONS REMAIN UNRESOLVED

March 18, 2011

Both houses of the California Legislature passed the main budget bill on Thursday on a majority vote with only Democratic members supporting the spending plan. However, several major issues – including elimination of Redevelopment Agencies and authorization for a special election to “extend” certain taxes via a vote in June – have all been More »

REDEVELOPMENT IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR!

March 11, 2011

Because we have heard from so many of our members about the importance of Redevelopment, we thought we’d led you know about the CRA Annual Conference and Expo, being held in San Jose, CA, on March 30 – April 1. The theme of this year’s conference, co-sponsored by ICSC, is “Redevelopment: Worth Fighting For!” The conference begins with a keynote More »

REGULATORY REFORM THE FOCUS OF CAPITOL HEARINGS

March 4, 2011

Regulatory reform was the focus of two Capitol hearings over the past two weeks. Following a second hearing by the Little Hoover Commission, the Republican’s E3 Roundtable met to discuss ways to improve California’s regulatory review process. Several business groups provided a variety of suggestions on how the existing regulatory development process More »

GOVERNOR BROWN TAKES ON BUDGET COMMITTEE

February 25, 2011

In a scene that hasn’t happened in the Capitol for as long as anyone can remember, a sitting Governor walked into a hearing room to pitch his own budget plan. The Governor challenged lawmakers to leave their “comfort zones” and come together quickly on a spending plan. He directed much of his remarks to Republican legislators, seemingly trying More »

***ACTION ITEM*** ASK YOUR LEGISLATOR TO VOTE NO TO ENDING REDEVELOPMENT!

The commercial real estate industry is standing firm with our colleagues in local government in battling the proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies and redirect the funding. As part of a coalition of more than 70 local governments, elected officials, business and labor groups, environmental leaders, and affordable housing advocates, we are asking More »

REDEVELOPMENT IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR!

February 18, 2011

Because we have heard from so many of our members about the importance of Redevelopment, we thought we’d let you know about the CRA Annual Conference and Expo, being held in San Jose, CA, on March 30 – April 1. This year’s conference theme is “Redevelopment: Worth Fighting For!” The conference begins with a keynote entitled “Re-position More »

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