Redevelopment is dead. Long live redevelopment.
After seven months of debate, the state program that diverts property taxes from schools and other local governments to improve rundown neighborhoods was eliminated Wednesday as part of the state budget’s approval. But Gov. Jerry Brown also signed a companion bill that will allow redevelopment agencies to reestablish themselves if they pay more of their tax money to schools.
The situation sounds simple enough, but the future is anything but. Redevelopment backers, notably San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and other big city mayors, have supported calls for immediate lawsuits against the legislation. One could be filed as soon as this week. The state likely will have to go to court to try to unweave the tangled webs spun by cities to defend billions in future redevelopment dollars and properties from state action.