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Opinion - March 18, 2011

Schools losing out to redevelopment agencies

We wrote back in January that we were glad the city of Pleasanton never ventured into having a redevelopment agency. Voters wisely chose to have their taxes played close to the vest in a highly visible way so that capital expenditures would be controlled solely by their elected officials on the City Council and the money duly accounted for in public budget meetings. Now we are seeing just how wise that decision was as a new report by State Controller John Chiang cites millions of dollars taxpayers have sent to the 400 or so redevelopment agencies statewide have been lost in waste, misappropriation of funds and poor management of programs intended to help blighted areas. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to disband these agencies and send the money they collect to school districts, counties and the state, and so do we.

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