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Tax Dollars Used to Support Redevelopment Initiative, Opponents Say. Taxpayer dollars are being used to support an initiative that would revive redevelopment agencies, according to opponents of the idea.

The California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights released documents March 26 detailing large payments by several cities to support “Redevelop California,” the effort to put an initiative on the ballot to bring back redevelopment agencies. The documents include a copy of a $50,000 check from the city of Ontario to the “ReDevelop California R and D Fund,” and a $25,000 invoice from the city of San Jose to pay for “Polling, Research and Drafting California Redevelopment Legislation.”

“Californians will be shocked to learn that taxpayer dollars that would otherwise go to public safety, parks and roads are being used to qualify a statewide initiative,” said Nick Mirman, the California Alliance’s grassroots coordinator. “What’s more, the initiative is designed to make it easier for government to seize homes and small businesses by eminent domain so that it can be given to politically connected developers on the cheap.”

The alliance describes itself as “a statewide, grassroots nonprofit organization of victims of eminent domain abuse, small business owners, family farmers, taxpayers and community leaders committed to protecting private property rights and ending eminent domain abuse.” (Source: News release from the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights, March 26.)

March 28, 2014

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