Podcast: Adios 2011

December 29, 2011 · Filed Under Podcasts · Comments Off 

A new governor. Sort of. The long saga over a special election, never to be. Trigger cuts. The single sales factor. And more.

This week's Capital Notes Podcast is our final look at the year in California politics and public policy. Marisa Lagos of the San Francisco Chronicle and Kevin Yamamura of the Sacramento Bee join me in assessing the good, the bad, and the budget-y.

And thanks to all of you for your kind comments about the podcasts in 2011. Happy New Year!

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California Supremes Rule, Redevelopment is History

December 29, 2011 · Filed Under CA Budget, CA Government · 7 Comments 

The ruling from the California Supreme Court means that, absent legislative intervention, local redevelopment agencies must close their doors.

In a ruling that is no doubt sending shock waves through city halls across California, the state Supreme Court has ruled that only half of a state budget proposal diverting redevelopment dollars is legal. That split decision means that more than 400 local redevelopment agencies must cease operations -- for good -- sometime in 2012.

As it turns out, the comment made during last month's court hearing by the attorney representing the state. "The redevelopment agencies took a gamble on this lawsuit," said deputy state attorney Ross Moody.

And it's a gamble they lost.
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