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State job-creation incentives fall short – again

In February 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration unveiled an Economic Development Initiative to replace an enterprise zone program that had fallen out of favor after nearly three decades. Enterprise zones offered tax incentives to promote the starting of businesses in

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – October 3

Redevelopment nearing return? San Diego Union-Tribune endorses a Democrat for president for the first time ever “SoCal officials skeptical over smog fix” Mixed reviews for actor-age database law Why tobacco tax opponents aren’t talking about tobacco CalPERS close to cutting

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Governor Jerry Brown revives redevelopment agencies

Redevelopment is back in California. Four years after Governor Jerry Brown led the effort to eliminate redevelopment agencies, the governor has changed his mind, signing legislation to restore the controversial institutions and their power to use eminent domain. Earlier this month,

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State Senate approves bill to revive Kelo-style redevelopment

California has moved one step closer to the return of redevelopment and the controversial power to seize private property through eminent domain. The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would give local governments the power to create new entities, known as

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State Assembly approves plan to bring back Kelo-style redevelopment

Redevelopment agencies would once again have the power to seize private property for big developers under a bill that passed the California State Assembly earlier this month. Assembly Bill 2, authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, would give local governments the

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Gov. Brown rebuilds redevelopment

Reversing his 2011 abolition of redevelopment, on Monday Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that will revive it, Senate Bill 628 and Assembly Bill 229. He also vetoed a third redevelopment measure, AB2280, he believed went too far by codifying

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Donnelly backed redevelopment exemption

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, who routinely campaigns on a platform of getting government out of the way, is struggling to explain his past support for redevelopment agencies. “Let’s get more people working, let’s not assault RDAs,” Donnelly said in

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Push for sharp minimum-wage hike under way in San Diego

California’s second-largest and the nation’s eighth-largest city appears sure to have a six-month-plus debate over whether to raise the minimum wage much more than the state government has in store. The Democratic majority of San Diego’s City Council is going

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Initiative would revive redevelopment agencies

  If it were a movie, it might be called “Revenge of the JEDI: the Redevelopment Empire Strikes Back.” It’s the California Jobs and Education Development Initiative (JEDI), which would enable the revival of the 425 redevelopment agencies eliminated in

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Sacramento arena lawsuit dribbles forward

There was no fast break at a recent court date concerning a suit by Sacramento activists opposed to tax subsidies for a new arena. The activists are Issac Gonzalez, James Cathcart and Julian Camacho. CalWatchdog.com attended the Dec. 19 hearing before

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