FAIRFIELD — An initiative to resurrect redevelopment agencies has been cleared by the California Secretary of State’s Office to allow supporters to gather signatures to allow it to be put on the November state ballot.
It is called the California Jobs and Economic Development Initiative, or JEDI, and is just coming to the attention of local governments who saw Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature eliminate redevelopment agencies two years ago.
Campaign spokesman Stu Mollrich said that passage of the initiative would help the state reduce its unemployment rate. He pointed out that cutting redevelopment eliminated about 300,000 good-paying, mainly union jobs.
The initiative has caused so few waves so far that local cities’ representatives were unfamiliar with it and said they want to examine the initiative before commenting on it. The initiative proposes to not only re-establish redevelopment agencies, but remove several restrictions on the agencies.
The initiative was written by a Costa Mesa-based law firm and is sponsored by a group called Redevelop California. Redevelop California has until July 21 to get 504,760 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.
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