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Even Lobbyists' Loot May Not Rescue Redevelopment

STORIES, CITY LIGHTS NEWS

Don Bauder, SAN DIEGO READER

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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“If the California Teachers Association and the broader education lobby are willing to support a compromise, something may emerge,” says W. Erik Bruvold, president of the National University System Institute for Policy Research. “If the education lobby opposes it, I think redevelopment is dead in California.”

“The list of questionable developments is sad and sordid,” says Bruvold. The big, subsidized developers utilized and abused eminent domain, bidless contracts, and so-called tax increment financing (use of future tax gains to finance current projects) to build reverse–Robin Hood castles enriching the affluent at the expense of taxpayers and schools.