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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Knabe blasts State over Redevelopment Agency demise


Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe at Thursday's "State of the County" remarks in front of the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce.
 
Randy Economy
• Thu, Feb 02, 2012
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe blasted state lawmakers on Thursday for the dismantlement of community redevelopment agencies during an address to members of the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Knabe didn’t miss words in regards to his opposition to the recent number of court rulings and new state law that does away with CRA beginning this past Wednesday during an address to members of the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Knabe didn’t miss words in regards to his opposition to the recent number of court rulings and new state law that does away with CRA beginning this past Wednesday.
“Boy, this is going to be a mess,” Knabe said. “As you know, redevelopment agencies have been around for decades to give communities a chance to reinvent themselves. There was also a 20 percent set-aside for affordable and senior housing.”
“In many cities across California, it worked and transformed communities. Right here in Cerritos, and in other areas of the 4th District, this resulted in new jobs, services, and increased property and sales tax revenues for the city, county and state,” said Knabe.
Knabe, a former city councilman and mayor of Cerritos said that most of the Fourth District had the most RDAs in LA County, a total of 17, including in Norwalk, Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada and other area communities.
“Some have suggested that redevelopment agencies did not have enough oversight, resulting in bloated staff and mismanagement of funds. Yes, it’s true that there have been problems with some agencies and those must absolutely be addressed,” he said.
“But let’s be honest here. This isn’t an effort by the state and the governor to clean up redevelopment. As with realignment and the move of state prisoners to county jails, this is one more attempt by the state to balance its budget on the back of local government,” the supervisor said.

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