Five reasons to oppose SB 1 redevelopment law in California

The Concord Small Business Association (CSBA) will host State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) as he discusses California Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), 5pm Friday February 14th at the Contra Costa Water District Board room on 1331 Concord Ave in Concord. Attendees at the February 14th event are encouraged to arrive early as there are only about 110 seats available at the Water Department facility.

Five reasons to oppose SB 1 redevelopment

sb-1-redevelopment-eminent-domain-abuse1. The SB 1 redevelopment, currently under consideration in the California legislature stands in contravention of representative government, and in defiance of the separation of powers invested in Constitutional government.

SB 1 redevelopment invents new structures to govern people with new sources of authority, which subjugates the will of the people to the dictates of unelected bureaucrats.

SB 1 redevelopment laws will allow for the issuance of bonds without voter approval thereby circumventing a democratic process and preventing the sovereign people to observe and require accountability for any and all developments and policies that SB 1 redevelopment Investment Authorities implement.

SB 1 redevelopment authorizes the Investment Authority of a city or county to include a provision in its Plan for the receipt of tax increment funds. Such financing has heretofore increasingly over-burdened the State’s financial resources in meeting school and county obligations and
seriously deviated from redevelopment agencies’ initial objective by underwriting commercial and profitable real estate ventures.

SB 1 redevelopment redefines “blight” as “inefficient land use”, an arbitrary and subjective determination for the benefit of the Investment Authority established through the Bill.

Here’s the full text of the bill:

Congressman-Mark-DeSaulnierThe controversial SB 1 Redevelopment scheme that DeSaulnier co-sponsored with State Senator Darrell Steinberg D-Citrus Heights, is how the State of California has reintroduced Redevelopment that succeeds the program which Governor Jerry Brown abolished when he took office in 2010. The SB 1 Redevelopment legislation passed both the Assembly and Senate in 2013 but was not given to the Governor for signature as there were parts of SB 1 that he felt needed to be changed.

Advocates of SB 1 redevelopment claim guidelines are intended to control size, composition, participants, and the public funding process for these PDA’s which involve residential, business, and public transportation. In the Bay Area these SB 1 redevelopment projects are concentrated chiefly around Downtown areas and close-by to BART Stations. 

The 680 Hwy, 24, and 4 corridors are the places that are intended to be developed in Contra Costa under current plans of The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).

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