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LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON RDA ELIMINATION

January 14, 2011

The California State Assembly Budget Subcommittee on State Administration will hold a hearing at 2:00 p.m. on February 7, for an overview and discussion of the Administration proposal to eliminate Enterprise Zones and Redevelopment Agencies. You can watch the hearing on the Assembly’s website.  More »

GOVERNOR PROPOSES ELIMINATION OF REDEVELOPMENT

Governor Brown’s budget also proposes to fundamentally change the role that state and local governments play in local development activities. State tax benefits for enterprise zones are eliminated and the current funding mechanism for redevelopment agencies (RDAs) is phased-out. Eliminating RDAs, to save $1.7 billion, is particularly troubling to More »

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET PROPOSES BIG CUTS AND TAXES

Calling it a “Tough budget for tough times,” Governor Jerry Brown released the first spending plan of his third term less than one week after being sworn into office. The Governor’s Budget proposes total spending of $127.4 billion for the 2011-12 fiscal year, $84.6 billion of which is from the State’s General Fund. The spending plan seeks to More »

BROWN’S FIRST APPOINTMENTS

January 7, 2011

The Governor has started filling out top positions in his administration. Here are some of the top level appointees that have been named so far: Anne Gust Brown, 52, of Oakland, has been appointed Special Counsel in the Office of the Governor. This position does not require Senate confirmation and Gust Brown will serve with no compensation. Gust More »

IS BROWN GOOD FOR INFILL?

Considering the above discussion of eliminating RDA’s, here is an interesting article speculating about the impact the new Governor will have on infill development.  More »

REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK?

Among the many cuts and eliminations that are being rumored as part of the Governor’s Budget, which will be released early next week, is the elimination of local redevelopment agencies. According to the Sacramento Bee, Brown would “wipe out” hundreds of local redevelopment agencies, which use property taxes to spur projects in blighted areas. More »

PREVAILING WAGE LAW EXPANDED TO COVER PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION

Our friends at Cox, Castle, and Nicholson, have released a publication outlining the recent Court of Appeals decision that held for the first time that the Prevailing Wage Law applies to certain privately financed developments. This is an important ruling and one in which we are very involved. Click here to read the full article.  More »

“JERRY BROWN IS BACK AND SO IS PROP 13”

Although the title is a bit misleading, because Proposition 13 has been regularly under attack in the Capitol in the last few years, this article by our good friend Joel Fox, President of the Small Business Action Committee, highlighting recent comments by the new Governor is very interesting. Click here for the full story.  More »

BROWN’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS TRANSCRIPT

“This is a special moment as executive power passes from one governor to another, determined solely by majority vote. It is a sacred and special ritual that affirms that the people are in charge and that elected officials are given only a limited time in which to perform their appointed tasks. For me this day is also special because I get to follow More »

WELCOME GOVERNOR BROWN

On Monday January 3, 2011, Jerry Brown was sworn in as the 39th Governor of the State of California. CBPA extends a hearty welcome and congratulations to Governor Brown and his wife Anne Gust Brown who will play a prominent role in the administration. In the coming year California will grapple with many problems including our water supply, our economy, More »

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