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Opinion - January 6, 2012

Goodbye redevelopment agencies

The new year may not be a happy one for California's 400 redevelopment agencies and their supporters with the decision by the State Supreme Court to dissolve them and move the $1.7 billion in revenue that they've collected to schools and other public programs where the money belongs. This is sure good news for taxpayers who for too long have seen their funds appropriated by appointed -- not elected -- local officials who often made decisions without adequate accountability on how to spend the money, whether for more parks, libraries, community centers, waterfront improvements or, in the case of neighboring Livermore, on a monstrous performing arts center of questionable need and with uncertain long-term funding.

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