Citizens Against New Local Taxes  (CANLT)

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THE AGOURA HILLS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY


NEW

1-8-2012
THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT UPHELD GOVERNOR BROWN'S ELIMINATION OF CALIFORNIA REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES.  READ THE DECISION HERE.


8-15-2011
THE AGOURA HILLS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY WAS DISSOLVED ON 8/11/2011.
- THE CITY OF AGOURA HILLS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY WAS DISSOLVED BY THE CITY OF AGOURA HILLS, ON 8/11/2011. 
On 6/28/2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 26 into law, effectively dissolving all of the cities’ Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs), unless an RDA agreed to meet compliance with new law.   Therefore, since the AHRDA no longer exists, there is no longer the corresponding "state mandate" to construct "affordable housing".    However, note that Governor Brown's decision to eliminate RDA's has been appealed and will be heard by the California State Supreme Court later this year.

In its 23 years of existence, with a state mandate to construct affordable housing, the Agoura Hills RDA failed to ever complete even one unit of affordable housing.  See here.




March 2011
BACKGROUND ON THE AGOURA HILLS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The Agoura Hills Redevelopment Agency (AHRDA) was created by the City of Agoura Hills, in approximately 1992.  See related RDA documents HERE and HERE.   Part of the responsibility of the AHRDA apparently was to create 40-50 affordable housing units (the number the City gives keeps changing).   Yet a study published in the Los Angeles Times indicates that Agoura Hills has failed its affordable housing mandate. Further the City of Agoura Hills admits in writing that the AHRDA has not created even one affordable housing unit in its 20 years of existence.
  • As of the present date of 3/7/2011, the AHRDA has not yet created even one "affordable housing unit" in its twenty years of existence.  See HERE for text copied from an email from the City, dated 1-27-2011, in which the City confirmed it has created NO affordable housing at all since it created the AHRDA twenty years ago, quoting the City:    ..."There have been no affordable homes constructed to date." (Agoura Hills City Clerk, 1/27/2011)
  • A study by the Los Angeles Times HERE and HERE indicates that the AHRDA has failed seriously in its obligation to create affordable housing in a timely manner. 
Now that California Governor Jerry Brown (re-elected November 2010) has announced his intent to close all California Redevelopment Agencies, HERE, the City is fast-tracking affordable housing in an effort to achieve at least partial compliance with an alleged state mandate to construct between 40 and 50 affordable housing units by 2014.

In a backroom closed door 'deal' between the City of Agoura Hills, the AHRDA (run by the City) and LVUSD, the City initiated plans in 2008 to lease a parcel of land on site at Agoura High School from the Las Virgenes Unified School District, and for the City to then construct 16 "low to moderate income" "Fountain Place Villas - Educator Townhomes" on site at Agoura High School, with the units designated for and prioritized to LVUSD staff.

This is a blatant misuse of the land parcel proposed.  It is a misuse of public school land.  The AHRDA has land elsewhere within its RDA boundaries to construct alleged mandated affordable housing, and time to do so by 2014.   It is inappropriate to use public tax dollars to construct housing on LVUSD-owned land, and designate the housing for LVUSD employees.  Any affordable housing constructed (which should be constructed elsewhere) should be made equally available to all who otherwise financially qualify -- and not be designate for and prioritized to LVUSD staff.  Both the City and LVUSD should and must serve the needs of the many, rather than the wishes of the few.

Now, with Governor Brown threatening to close all California RDAs, the City is fast-tracking an ill-advised, inappropriate project.  Their lack of planning does not constitute our emergency.  They failed to act timely, and now they are fast-tracking this project.  

Further, the City just recently issued a "Promissory Note" from the AHRDA to the City, for $44 million, apparently to shelter and protect the RDA money, should Governor Brown actually close down all California RDAs.  It is our understanding that the City took out a $10 million bond several years ago for affordable housing, and has been paying on that bond, for years now, although we are awaiting documentation to confirm the bond.

Both the City and LVUSD should and must serve the needs of the many, rather than the wishes of the few. 

The AHRDA and this project are prime examples of the precise type of abuse that has caused Governor Jerry Brown to plan to close all California RDAs.
 
Added 3-18-2011
Added the Agoura Hills Redevelopment Agency "Housing Set-Aside $10 Million Bond",  taken out in ~June 1, 2008

   
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