The City of Agoura Hills abolished its 23-year-old redevelopment agency last week after opting out of the governor’s voluntary RDA program on grounds that the state’s new plan for the agencies was nothing short of “extortion.”
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that abolished California’s redevelopment agencies by Oct. 1 but still allowed cities to participate in a voluntary RDA program—if they paid a hefty fee.
When they declare an area blighted and later s...
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