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Proposition 22 is not good for California

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Posted: Monday, October 25, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:14 am, Mon Oct 25, 2010.

Proposition 22 is a power grab by California redevelopment agencies. Redevelopment agencies now control 30 percent of all urbanized land and spend 12 percent of all property taxes (a figure that has doubled since 1990), now $6 billion annually, starving local agencies of needed revenues for essential services.

Assemblyman Chris Norby says that Proposition 22 would make the following big-government abuses worse:

  • Eminent domain: All properties within a redevelopment area are presumed to be blighted and can be seized by eminent domain. All attempts to end eminent domain abuse have since been fought by the California Redevelopment Association.
  • Impact on services: Counties have lost nearly $5 billion the past 15 years. California's 350 fire service districts stand to lose millions more if Proposition 22 passes. Local school districts are major losers, as tax dollars intended to build classrooms now build Costcos. Proposition 22 would make this revenue shift permanent, pressuring tax increases to make up the difference.
  • Corporate welfare: Republicans believe in a free market that functions best without government controls or subsidies. Yet redevelopment agencies pour billions of tax dollars into private malls, auto plazas, movie multiplexes, hotels and stadiums — many of which now sit empty.

Proposition 22 is intentionally deceptive. It looks good on paper, and sounds good, but has negative consequences.

Proposition 22 protects no one but redevelopment agencies. It would lock redevelopment protections into the state constitution, forbidding the Legislature from diverting redevelopment property increment funds to schools, fire departments or paramedics in times of need.

John Talbot


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  • Manuel Martinez posted at 1:32 am on Tue, Oct 26, 2010.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    Is this an area where conservatives and progressives are united?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:23 pm on Mon, Oct 25, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    When those last council crooks, Robert Johnson, Katzakian, manager King and Hansen brought the redevelopment issue up and greedily included Hutchins Street Square and its neighborhood in the redevelopment area, it only gave the assumption of them again pandering to their developer friends and business associates. Thank you Mr. John Talbot for bringing this money grabbing scam to a screeching halt.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 1:18 pm on Mon, Oct 25, 2010.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    google agenda 21, Dr Micahel Coffman, and you will see what these redevelopment agencies are all about. I was going to vote yes on 22, but then dug deeper and it is another step in the wrong direction. No on 22


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