High Court Delivers Huge Blow to Oakland and Other Cities

The California Supreme Court today delivered a devastating blow to Oakland and other cities that depend heavily on redevelopment dollars to revitalize downtrodden areas. The court upheld a plan hatched by Governor Jerry Brown and approved by the legislature that eliminated redevelopment agencies statewide. Cities had sued to kill that plan, but the high court rejected their arguments. The court’s decision means that Oakland and cities throughout California will have to disband their redevelopment agencies completely, lay off tens of thousands of workers, and immediately transfer local property tax proceeds to the state.

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