Bob Dutton Loves Big Government, Eminent Domain and Debt Spending

Steven Greenhut: Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, epitomizes why the state’s Republican Party is going the way of the dinosaur. Now that redevelopment agencies are dead, Dutton is looking for a way to revive these eminent-domain-abusing, debt-spending, tax wastrels through a devious bill, SB 986. On Twitter, Dutton wholeheartedly agreed with this editorial extolling the virtues of these vestiges of crony capitalism. Dutton is running for a congressional seat now held by Gary Miller. Miller has his problems, but he recently co-sponsored a bill that would ban the abuse of eminent domain while Dutton is promoting a bill that would expand its abuse. Apparently, Dutton is running as the Obama candidate — the advocate for crony capitalism, bailouts, debt spending and fiscal irresponsibility, and the enemy of limited government and property rights. With Republicans as bad as Dutton, who needs Democrats?

MARCH 8, 2012

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  1. John Galt
    John Galt 8 March, 2012, 18:31

    Some city governments are much better managers of funds than others. The Daily Builletin editorial concerns the City of Rancho Cucamonga which must be in the top one percentile of California’s best managed cities for smartly and ethically planning and managing city assets. In that context, Senator Dutton’s proposed legislation makes sense.

    Source: 986 (Dutton)
    Redevelopment: bond proceeds.
    Existing law dissolves redevelopment agencies and community development agencies, as of February 1, 2012, and designates successor agencies, as defined. Existing law requires that successor entities perform certain duties, including, among others, remitting unencumbered funds of that agency to the county auditor-controller, and overseeing the use of bond proceeds. Existing law requires each successor agency to have an oversight board that is composed of 7 members who meet certain qualifications. Existing law requires the oversight board to approve certain actions of the successor agency.

    This bill would provide that all bond proceeds that were generated by the former redevelopment agency shall be deemed to be encumbered and would prohibit a successor agency from remitting these proceeds to the county auditor-controller. This bill would also require that the proceeds of bonds issued by a former redevelopment agency must be used by the successor agency for the purposes for which the bonds were sold pursuant to an enforceable obligation, as defined, that was entered into either by the former redevelopment agency prior to its dissolution, or is entered into by the successor agency by December 14, 2014. This bill would also provide that if an enforceable obligation is not entered into by that time, or if the purpose for which the bonds were sold can no longer be achieved, then the bond proceeds shall be used to defease the bonds or to purchase outstanding bonds on the open market for cancellation.

    This bill would also require the oversight board to approve of the establishment of an enforceable obligation with respect to bond proceeds. This bill would prohibit the oversight board from disapproving the establishment of an enforceable obligation with respect to bond proceeds if that obligation is reasonably in furtherance of the purposes for which the bonds were sold.

    This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

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  2. Zeke
    Zeke 4 May, 2012, 00:22

    Senator Dutton is NOT running for a seat currently held by Gary Miller. CD31 is a new District (SB County) where Miller has never served. “Re-elect” ??? We never voted for him before….. Get your facts straight !!! Just stay in LA & Orange Counties Mr. Miller. We don’t want you here !

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