Politics Blog
Posted By: Marisa Lagos | February 23 2011 at 05:39 PM

Looks like Gov. Jerry Brown’s office has a contingency plan for all those cities around California that have been rushing to approve redevelopment money before the state can kill the program. (Eliminating redevelopment is a key part of Brown’s plan to solve the state’s $26 billion budget deficit.)

Included in a bill proposed by Brown’s office that would eliminate redevelopment is language which would let the state “review the validity of the adoption or amendment of a redevelopment plan at any time within three years after the date of the adoption of the ordinance adopting or amending the plan, if the adoption of the ordinance occurred after January 1, 2011.”

Need that in English? It means any plans approved after Brown’s budget was unveiled in early January could be killed by state officials anytime in the next three years — instead of the normal 90 days.

Redevelopment is one of the most controversial elements of the governor’s budget proposal. Another interesting twist to the whole debate came during today’s first conference committee meeting between the Assembly and Senate.

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