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California Takes a Second Look at Redevelopment Agencies

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A bill that would grant local California communities the right to form agencies to redevelop blighted areas has passed an Assembly Committee. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.

The California Supreme Court dissolved redevelopment agencies last year. But a bill at the Capitol would create new local entities that would fund affordable housing and infill development projects.

“When we encourage infill development, we make sure that we reduce emissions and improve our environment," says Jackie Cornejo with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. She’s says the measure also promotes middle class jobs. 

But Karen Klinger with the Sacramento Association of Realtors says the bill could lead to government overstep through eminent domain. 

"This is just another credit card with another abuse of power to take private property without any protection for the people," says Klinger.

The bill now moves to another Assembly Committee.