Tag Archive: Governor Jerry Brown

  1. May Revise Brings Redevelopment Dissolution Tweaks

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    Last week Governor Brown released a revised 2015-2016 budget that accounted for greater-than-expected growth in the state’s tax rolls. The panoply of talking heads, advocates, and policy wonks have already dissected the potential effects the new budget may have on higher education, the state’s rainy day fund, and the state’s social safety net. So instead of rehashing those stories, we’re focusing our attention on updates to the redevelopment dissolution process. (more…)

  2. Governor Brown’s Vision for Redevelopment 2.0

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    Image from Washington State Department of Transportation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7821771@N05/5306805749/

    Image from Washington State Department of Transportation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7821771@N05/5306805749/

    Since the dissolution of redevelopment agencies in 2011, cities and counties throughout the state have been left without a well-funded, practical financing mechanism for economic development.   Governor Brown’s new budget trailer bill [PDF] aims to bring back some elements of redevelopment via new and improved infrastructure financing districts.  Yet portions of the Governor’s proposal may not catch fire with local governments. (more…)

  3. Governor’s Budget Highlights

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    California Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for the state earlier this month. While the state’s fiscal fortunes have improved [PDF], the governor’s spending proposals strike a measured tone, with a focus on building up the state’s reserves and making deferred payments to schools that were hard-hit during the recession. The budget underscores the governor’s support for two major infrastructure projects – implementation of the Statewide Water Action Plan (including a fix for the Bay Delta) and financing for high speed rail. It also includes funding for green projects and throws support behind an economic development tool that may fill the void left by redevelopment’s demise. (more…)

  4. Governor Brown Puts a Hold on Redevelopment Redo

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    The Governor has put the brakes on the Legislature’s attempts to develop new economic development tools in the wake of redevelopment’s dissolution.

    On September 30, he vetoed SB 1156, saying that his office would prefer to take a “constructive look at implementing” [PDF] the program only after the redevelopment wind down is complete. Governor Brown echoed those sentiments in his veto messages for AB 2144, AB 2551, and SB 214, which would have reformed Infrastructure Finance Districts to help achieve economic development and renewable energy goals. For AB 2144, he writes [PDF] that the “measure would likely cause cities to focus their efforts on using the new tools provided by [AB 2144] instead of winding down redevelopment.”  While the goals of AB 2551 are laudable, Governor Brown felt that the measure was “premature” [PDF]. (more…)

  5. Redevelopment Redo

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    The State Legislature recently passed SB 1156, “a bill that would allow cities and counties to create Sustainable Communities Investment Authorities.” The bill now awaits the Governor’s signature at the end of the month. As we’ve noted, SB 1156 attempts to resuscitate elements of redevelopment after all of the state’s redevelopment agencies were shuttered last year. Hopes are high that Governor Brown will sign the new legislation. But is he likely to sign off on this redevelopment redo? (more…)

  6. Water Politics and the Art of Legacy-Making

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    A few months back, we noted that California was a state in serious need of a vision. Considered ungovernable by some, the Golden State has no shortage of problems. Governor Jerry Brown is weathering a slow recovery from a severe economic downturn, and a policymaking system that is often beholden to the whims of a disjointed electorate. These significant hurdles tend to complicate the task of legacy-making. In spite of this, Governor Brown has decided to stake his gubernatorial claim to fame on the promise of two massive infrastructure projects. (more…)