On learning of the State Supreme Court’s decision to affirm the Legislature’s authority to dissolve the cities’ Redevelopment Agencies (see story below), Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould issued the following statement this afternoon:
“It’s regrettable that the Legislature and Supreme Court have stripped cities and counties of the one tool to produce affordable housing, generate jobs, and refurbish critical infrastructure. This is especially true during this time of double-digit unemployment, crumbling infrastructure and a paucity of affordable housing in our state.
“For years the City has been working to implement its Redevelopment Plan through a number of public works projects that will enhance community safety and welfare. It’s our intent to move forward on existing projects where we have contracts which are unimpeded by the Court’s decision.”