Wanted: downtown revival tool

A reader comments on the state’s tool-in-the-works for reviving redevelopment (see item, below):

“Sadly, Darrell Steinberg’s redevelopment bill (SB1) would have been way better and had broad support. It passed both chambers last session, but Steinberg withdrew it for fear of a Brown veto (he vetoed a similar bill the year before). Instead, Brown’s new IFD idea probably will not be widely used because of the voter approval aspect.

“Nevertheless, better IFDs are better than nothing I suppose, but the barriers for Stockton are pretty high. Everyone here is very skeptical of anything deemed “redevelopment,” and rightfully so. But as a result, it may be difficult to get a 55% voter approval to create an IFD (although I believe some legislators are trying to eliminate the voter approval mechanism). Also, not sure if the article mentions this, but municipalities wouldn’t be able to use IFDs unless all redevelopment agency closure activities are completed. Isn’t Stockton still trying to square these issues away?”

I’ll find out. Broadly, Gov. Brown consistently subordinates cities to the state. Even if that means making it all but imposible to revive places like downtown Stockton. 

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