Mayor L. Dennis Michael
Created: 05/28/2011 10:17:46 PM PDT

Any Rancho Cucamonga resident knows full well what an incredible city we have, surrounded by natural beauty, access to a variety of transportation, a healthy business climate, top-notch education and located in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas.

While we are proud of our long and vibrant history, we’re looking forward to our future and want to ensure that Rancho Cucamonga continues to be a thriving community.

That is why I am so concerned by Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment as part of his state budget.

Redevelopment, in Rancho Cucamonga and throughout California, is our best jobs creation tool, the strongest program we have to spur economic development. I can speak with experience about the difference this tool has made in our city. It’s helped protect our residents and our visitors, educate our students and contributes to the quality of life that inspires people to put down roots here.

Redevelopment helped fund many flood control and street improvements that contribute to the public safety and growth of our community. Not only do these projects protect life and property, they remove barriers to economic development and create jobs.

For example the Hermosa Flood Control Channel, built with redevelopment funds, removed flooding hazards for more than 130 acres of land. This enabled private investment to build more than 2,000,000 square feet of commercial and industrial buildings, which in turn created
hundreds of full-time jobs.

The recently completed Haven Avenue Railroad Grade Separation has provided traffic relief for commuters and local businesses as well as increased traffic safety. Residents, commuters and local businesses can breathe a bit easier now too: more than 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from idling vehicles waiting for rail traffic to pass have been eliminated annually, thus promoting cleaner air and a healthier environment.

The Redevelopment Agency has also contributed to the construction of our two libraries, providing life-long learning opportunities to residents. The libraries for many years have helped to enrich our children’s education by partnering with our local school districts to provide year-round curriculum support. Our libraries also provide important training and business resources for employees and employers to be successful. Our local city leaders and legislators in Sacramento should be commended for their support of these projects.

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