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Brown budget proposal would eliminate redevelopment agencies; Chico projects in jeopardy

There are 33 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Jan 10, 2011, titled Brown budget proposal would eliminate redevelopment agencies; Chico projects in jeopardy. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

Over the next several years, the city of Chico had planned to construct a new fire station, build a new facility for the Chico Police Department, renovate Bidwell Park's Sycamore Pool and repair roadways and traffic signals throughout the community - all with the help of redevelopment funding.

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Sourgrapes

Washington, DC

#1 Jan 11, 2011
Where are the cuts the legislators are taking?
Is Brown going to recind their state provided gas credit cards. Is he going to eliminate the taxpayer provided leases of luxury cars? How about eliminating CARB which is a duplication of the EPA except CARB is on steroids. Maybe he should eliminate Cal-OSHA which is a clone of OSHA. There should substantial. savings there.
Also the legislators per diem should be no higher than any of the state employees that go to a training class.
De-development Agency

Paradise, CA

#2 Jan 11, 2011
Redevelopment funds are borrowed, and paid back with interest over 2-3 decades. Projects like the downtown plaza rennovation cost $4 million, but by the time the loan is repaid, will cost closer to $8 million.

The city's low income housing program, which uses some redevelopment funds, is not cost effective either. Dividing the total money spent by the number of housing units created gives you a number in the $200K+ range. The city probably could have purchased and given away single family homes in a more cost effective manner.

The redevelopment agency has allowed the city to fund almost all of its infrastructure projects through long term debt. This freed up General Fund money for increases in payroll going to the 7 bargaining units down at city hall. Now there is no room in the General Fund to pay for anything other than payroll.

Finally, there is no rhyme or reason to the how the redvelopment agency funds are used. The list of projects changes year-to-year based on the political winds. One year the humane society's building is listed as a project, the next it's a police station. Project cost estimates double annually with no explaination.

While Brown's proposal would completely devastate the city's economic foundation, it would also get local government off the crack-pipe of spending money they don't really have.
Betty

Chico, CA

#3 Jan 11, 2011
Where will the people live ?
Joe Sixpack

Paradise, CA

#4 Jan 11, 2011
The rabid rightwingers said Brown would do nothing but spend our money. Wrong again. He's eliminating an entire layer of government that runs on borrowed money.

Now's the time to disband Chico altogether, sell its property and assets, pay off its debt, and let the county take over. Chico's expensive government duplicates everything the county does already.

Since: Sep 08

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#5 Jan 11, 2011
De-development Agency wrote:
Redevelopment funds are borrowed, and paid back with interest over 2-3 decades. Projects like the downtown plaza rennovation cost $4 million, but by the time the loan is repaid, will cost closer to $8 million.
The city's low income housing program, which uses some redevelopment funds, is not cost effective either. Dividing the total money spent by the number of housing units created gives you a number in the $200K+ range. The city probably could have purchased and given away single family homes in a more cost effective manner.
The redevelopment agency has allowed the city to fund almost all of its infrastructure projects through long term debt. This freed up General Fund money for increases in payroll going to the 7 bargaining units down at city hall. Now there is no room in the General Fund to pay for anything other than payroll.
Finally, there is no rhyme or reason to the how the redvelopment agency funds are used. The list of projects changes year-to-year based on the political winds. One year the humane society's building is listed as a project, the next it's a police station. Project cost estimates double annually with no explaination.
While Brown's proposal would completely devastate the city's economic foundation, it would also get local government off the crack-pipe of spending money they don't really have.
Thank you De-development agency! Good posting but I believe the expense of paying back RDA loans to be more than double, and it is our on tax money to begin with we are paying back fortified with interest.
Yes RDA funding is Chico's Crack pipe.
It is running a good race for second place against insurance companies in the evil awards contest, being beaten only by the pharmaceutical and chemical companies, poisoning our population.
Old Manager

Chico, CA

#6 Jan 11, 2011
De-development Agency wrote:
Redevelopment funds are borrowed, and paid back with interest over 2-3 decades. Projects like the downtown plaza rennovation cost $4 million, but by the time the loan is repaid, will cost closer to $8 million.
The city's low income housing program, which uses some redevelopment funds, is not cost effective either. Dividing the total money spent by the number of housing units created gives you a number in the $200K+ range. The city probably could have purchased and given away single family homes in a more cost effective manner.
The redevelopment agency has allowed the city to fund almost all of its infrastructure projects through long term debt. This freed up General Fund money for increases in payroll going to the 7 bargaining units down at city hall. Now there is no room in the General Fund to pay for anything other than payroll.
Finally, there is no rhyme or reason to the how the redvelopment agency funds are used. The list of projects changes year-to-year based on the political winds. One year the humane society's building is listed as a project, the next it's a police station. Project cost estimates double annually with no explaination.
While Brown's proposal would completely devastate the city's economic foundation, it would also get local government off the crack-pipe of spending money they don't really have.
Say Good Bye to Shari,James, Jaki and Shawn.
Lightwater

Chico, CA

#7 Jan 11, 2011
Careful, this actually makes sense. Finally someone has the smarts to spend money where it is needed instead of pretending that "special funds" can only be spent on special projects. Now let's suspend spending on "arts" until we can fully fund things like police, fire and education.
Drive By Troll

United States

#8 Jan 11, 2011
Eliminating the RDAs statewide is a great idea. The list of local projects noted in this article is a prime example of govt waste. No more funding for stupid art projects, low income housing or plaza makeovers. The city, like the state, needs to focus on financial restraint, drastically lower employee compensation packages and provide solely the services needed to function.
OhhNo

Chico, CA

#9 Jan 11, 2011
Well we must spend the 71 million we have in reserves ASAP !!! Guess no more Ghettos going up anytime soon, need to finish the ones being created now. Hey, where is the infrastructure that is creating jobs in Chico? So far I don't see any business coming to this area, only running from it.
vet sixties era

Chico, CA

#10 Jan 11, 2011
Gov brown is on the right track but next thing he should do is clean up his own house, I'll bet thats making all the lawmakers in sac nervous right now.
Citizen

United States

#11 Jan 11, 2011
Burkland said the elimination of the agency will cripple the city.

Please, Burkland if you can't work around this then lets find someon who can!
Real Deal

Portola, CA

#12 Jan 11, 2011
Its a 'start' Jerry,now he needs to cut all state workers pay and retirements by at least 10% additionally he needs to lower DMV fees by 50% eliminate the DMV with mail in only,restore 'non op's to (after) instead of (before) the car isn't used,eliminate the theft and extortion if your late on DMV registration sometimes 160% penalties.Its going to be a tough bullet to bite after a 40 year spending spree and party at business and taxpayers expense !If a republican had proposed this,there'd be rioting in the streets .Time to face reality public employees !Cut the welfare/scam 'Williamson act' also !
Bob

United States

#13 Jan 11, 2011
"So many of the great projects that we do to make this city a great place have been funded by redevelopment funds."

Hey Burky, if they're so great than why is it always the taxpayer getting stuck with the bill. If they're so great why aren't they economically feasible without redevelopment funds???
Al Reine

United States

#14 Jan 11, 2011
With Governor Moon Beam Brown and his Liberal Cabinet. California will take One Step Forward, and More Then Three Decades Back to more : Lies, Taxes, and more liberal Lies ! California is No Longer The Golden State ! California is now the Brown State of Liberal Moon Beam Brown Pass Mistakes, made over and over agind ! Adios; To The Great Republic of California ! California is no longer Golden or even Green !
Al Reine

United States

#15 Jan 11, 2011
Governor Moon Beam Brown will do nothing to hurt or stop the ILLEGALS FROM HAVING & GETTING A FREE RIDE AT LEGAL TAX PAYERS EXPENSE ! Stop All STATE AIDE, To All ILLEGALS WITHIN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA Brown will make California become MEXFORMA !
jimmyjack

United States

#16 Jan 11, 2011
I say get rid of it! Chico city council loves to spend money just like all politicians. Shut off the funds and tell them to meet once each quarter rather then every month. The town will be better off!
Who cares

Whittier, CA

#17 Jan 11, 2011
We can start by redeveloping the city by getting rid of the lame city council too! Every single one of them and get some business started here.
flower

Paradise, CA

#18 Jan 11, 2011
good riddance to the low income housing. it only brings in low income ppl to the area. how is that going to help the local economy when the residents of these new housing developements are living on SSI or Welfare or working at McDonald's and don't have two nickels to rub together let alone "buy local". Bring in new jobs!! That's a start. Plain and simple.
Joe Sixpack

Monmouth Junction, NJ

#19 Jan 11, 2011
Lush Limpballs suggested today that California should have a vegetarian tax. Gee, how funny.
Cal Cal

Walnut Creek, CA

#20 Jan 11, 2011
University of California refutes Gov budget. University of California Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau’s eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has asked for, and the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.

A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Competent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on problems and on what steps he was taking to solve them. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, and the problems just piled up to $150 million of inefficiencies….until there was no money left.

It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies in the system. Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.

In short, there is plenty of blame to go around. Merely cutting out inefficiencies will not have the effect desired. But you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. An opportunity now exists for the UC President, Board of Regents, and California Legislators to jolt UC Berkeley back to life, applying some simple oversight check-and-balance management principles. Increasing the budget is not enough; transforming senior management is necessary. The faculty, Academic Senate, Cal. Alumni, financial donors, benefactors await the transformation of senior management.
The author, who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way senior management work.

(Cal (UC Berkeley) ranking tumbles from 2nd best. The reality of University of California Berkeley’s (UC Berkeley) relative decline are clear. In 2004, for example, the London-based Times Higher Education ranked UC Berkeley the second leading research university in the world, just behind Harvard; in 2009 that ranking had tumbled to 39th place.)

University of California,Berkeley.

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