Supreme Court to hear redevelopment case Nov. 10

The California Supreme Court will hear arguments Nov. 10 on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of state lawmakers’ decision to divert $1.7 billion in redevelopment dollars this fiscal year to help balance the budget.

The California Redevelopment Association and the League of California Cities is bringing the suit. It will be heard in San Francisco at 9 a.m.

The court agreed to fast-track its decision and beat a Jan. 15, 2012, deadline for redevelopment agencies to make their first payment to the state.

Read through for the full release from the California Redevelopment Association.


California Supreme Court Sets Date for Oral Argument in CRA/League Lawsuit;

Case to be heard on November 10 in San Francisco

The California Supreme Court announced today it will hear oral arguments for California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos on November 10 at 9:00 a.m. This is the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies unless they agree to pay $1.7 billion for FY 2011-12 and $400 million in subsequent budget years.

CRA along with the League of California Cities and the cities of San Jose and Union City filed the initial petition on July 18. The central claim in the lawsuit is that AB 1x 26 and AB 1x 27 violate the California State Constitution, including Proposition 22, which was passed by 61 percent of California voters in November 2010.

In August, the Court agreed to hear the case on an expedited basis, in order to reach a decision before Jan. 15, 2012, when the first payments under AB 1x 27 would be due.

For materials and other information related to the lawsuit and the legislation, please visit CRA’s website .

This Message is from the California Redevelopment Association

1400 K Street, Suite #204, Sacramento, CA 95825; (916) 448-8760; www.calredevelop.org

Questions and concerns can be directed to Lillian Henegar, lhenegar@calredevelop.org

Lisa Vorderbrueggen