Thanks Tuttle We need more citizens like you
Posted in the Sierra Madre Forum
#1 May 16, 2012
On February 1, after years of terrorizing property owners with the threat of condemnation for private development, redevelopment agencies were officially dissolved in California. Home and small business owners across the state are finally free from the very real daily fear that their property would be next on the chopping block.
Redevelopment in California has been a billion-dollar boondoggle that used eminent domain as its development tool of choice. These agencies routinely took from those of modest means to give to rich developers for pipe-dream projects that rarely generated promised tax revenues or jobs.
The Institute for Justice catalogued more than 200 projects that abused eminent domain across the Golden State during the past 10 years alone. The elimination of redevelopment agencies is a historic victory for property owners, and we applaud the courageous, relentless local activists who stood steadfast on the frontlines against these avaricious and abusive institutions.
In an effort to offset the states debt, Governor Jerry Brown proposed eliminating the nearly 400 redevelopment agencies, which, in addition to habitually abusing eminent domain, siphoned billions of dollars away from local public infrastructure, directing that money into redevelopment coffers instead. In response to a lawsuit filed by the well-funded redevelopment lobby (funded, ironically, by taxpayers), the California Supreme Court upheld the agencies dissolution.
Through community trainings, conferences, public demonstrations and media campaigns, the Institute for Justice worked with property owners across the state to fight illegitimate land grabs. Among many other successes, San Pablo property owners defeated a proposal to re-establish eminent domain authority over 90 percent of the entire city, and Baldwin Park property owners drove a developer out of town who wanted to replace 100 homes and 300 locally owned businesses with a ridiculously out-of-touch urban villagepremised on bringing in chain restaurants like Applebees to take the place of community-based Hispanic businesses.
Others fell victim to the redevelopment machine before the machine itself could be smashed into oblivion. John Revelli lost his entire retirement savings when the city of Oakland took his second-generation tire shop to replace it with upscale residential development. After his familys home was seized by Communists, Ahmad Mesdaq fled the war in Afghanistan, came to the United States, and built the stylish and successful Gran Havana Cigar & Coffee Lounge that attracted celebrities and politicians. The redevelopment agency took it from him for a Marriott that was never built; today, the lot that once housed his thriving business is a parking lot. He can never get back whats been taken from himbut to this day, he wants to rebuild. His indomitable spirit is an inspiration.
Redevelopment destroyed lives in its wake, and those stories should never be forgotten.
Despite the absence of any proof that redevelopment agencies accomplished anything good, the beneficiaries of eminent domain abuse will undoubtedly try to resurrect some form of redevelopment. IJ will remain vigilant in its commitment to ensuring that Californians will no longer be subject to the abuse of government power that comes in the form of bogus blight designations, land grabs for ill-conceived projects, or perverse incentives that put private property rights in the crosshairs of tax-hungry politicians and their well-connected developer friends.
#2 May 16, 2012
Baldwin Park property owners drove a developer out of town who wanted to replace 100 homes and 300 locally owned businesses with a ridiculously out-of-touch urban villagepremised on bringing in chain restaurants like Applebees to take the place of community-based Hispanic businesses.
#3 May 16, 2012
City officials say Bisno Development Co. is pulling out of a contentious, multimillion-dollar plan to revitalize more than 100 acres of downtown Baldwin Park, citing the economic downturn, according to the Whittier Daily News.
Our readers may recall that this project included abusive use of eminent domain to take over businesses that the Baldwin Park City Council wanted to oust out of their downtown area. That plan totally backfired!The contentious project spurred the formation of a citizens action group in Baldwin Park and is in part the grounds of a recall campaign targeting three City Council members.
Make no mistake the failure of this Bisno project is a kick to the face of Bisno and his heartless team and to the lame Baldwin Park City Council.
#4 May 16, 2012
Like other shitty I mean City officials Baldwin Park were diverting money through their redevelopment agency that should have went to better the city and the citizens into payroll, perks, pensions and parties.
Thanks to citizens like Tuttle and those brave enough to stand up to these shitty leaders and speak out.
#5 May 16, 2012
Damn hunley, get tuttle's dick out of your mouth. You're embarrassing yourself.
#6 May 17, 2012
Hey Marlen that's not nice to make those comments. Marlen you are a sexual defect of the worse kind you can't keep a man and with your mouth and looks the guy would have to be blind and deaf to but up with a sick person like you.
That Tuttle guy along with many other business owners and residents stopped your vision and put you in your place. The residents and business owners all hate your fat ass.
The great thing is you will never get voted in again in this city.
PS is little guppy learning how to drive legally now after being arrested. OOPS
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