"Economic Development" is a common cliché among city governments
and redevelopment agencies. It refers to a belief that tax subsidies to selected private businesses can stimulate
the local economy. It assumes that the free enterprise system alone is inadequate. It
presumes that government planners can allocate resources more efficiently than can the
Demand fair markets and a level playing field for all businesses, big and small. Please support California Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies.
Stand up for private property rights. Say no to the use of eminent domain for private developers. Taking private property from citizens to benefit private developers should not be tolerated. Using "eminent domain for private gain" is unethical, immoral and unconstitutional (probably illegal, too).
Require voter approval of bonded debt.
Ensure that our property taxes flow to vital community services rather than to private developments. Insist that fire, police, schools and libraries be properly funded.
Say "NO" to government hand-outs to businesses. Tax money should be used to pay for public services. Tax money should not be given away to polluting corporations, wealthy big-box retailers or any other businesses.
(RDA = Redevelopment Agency)
To find out why redevelopment is bad for your community please read a book
called Redevelopment: The Unknown Government. This book explains how so-called "Economic
Developers" use redevelopment agencies to benefit private
developers at the expense of the community. Click here for the online
version - (Click here for the PDF version)
Concern over redevelopment abuse is spreading all across the political spectrum. Here's what the California Republican Assembly said about redevelopment in one of their resolutions....
"California Redevelopment Law requires local redevelopment authorities to incur debt to exist. Redevelopment authorities can issue bonds without voter approval, have powers of eminent domain, act as real estate developers, subsidize politically favored developers and subsidize professional sports teams, large retailers and other corporations."