March 17, 2011 8:49 AM
BEAU YARBROUGH AND BROOKE EDWARDS, Staff Writers
Victorville and Hesperia have joined the ranks of California cities scrambling to shift assets from their redevelopment agencies to city control.
The moves come in advance of Gov. Jerry Brown’s threatened shutdown of the redevelopment agency system, which he says will save the cash-strapped state money and give local agencies more money in the long run.
But in the short run, it means that a system Hesperia has used to pay for much of its road paving over the past decade and that Victorville officials say has helped attract 4,203 jobs in the past 15 years may soon go broke.
Victorville took action just before midnight Tuesday to officially oppose Brown’s plan and transfer RDA funds in hopes of protecting them against a state raid.
Mayor Ryan McEachron said the council opted to move assets — including money and land — from its redevelopment agency to the Regional Center of Victorville Development Inc., which was formed two years ago to oversee the city’s terminated EB-5 visa investor program.
Hesperia shifted assets out of its redevelopment agency at a special meeting March 9.
“We will be forming successor entities in the future — housing agencies, etc.,” Hesperia’s Deputy Director of Economic Development Steve Lantsberger said.
The move would have to have been made eventually, he said, because redevelopment agencies are only chartered for a limited period of time.
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