State clears redevelopment ballot measure for signatures

By From page A3 | February 21, 2014

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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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • The MisterFebruary 21, 2014 - 6:27 am

    Surely people aren't stoopid enough to fall for this again, are they? Redevelopment 1 has already indebted Fairfield by several BILLION dollars... as it has so many other communities. Sure, your local politicians love this because they get to spend tons of money without ever being held accountable and without ever getting voter approval. Be awake to this, people, and do what you can to defeat this... or rent yourself a UHaul and start packin'.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 21, 2014 - 8:26 am

    This is more of California's destructive crazyness. Redevelopment means more blighted gangbanger filled neighborhoods and crime! I can't even get Suisun City to get a basketball hoop out of a main heavily vehicle trafficated street in my neighborhood. Surely this State and Community richly deserves its comeuppance!

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