How long can the California Republican Party (CRP) continue to ignore the elephant in the room – the Redevelopment Agencies?
The official platform, which can be found at www.cagop.org/pdf/platform.pdf, outlines several key areas that are in direct conflict with the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency's practice. I will be highlighting specific platform topics and articulate how they conflict so that Republicans will realize the incompatibility between the Party and this abusive agency.
Today, I'm focusing on the CRP's topic, regarding the economy. First, let's see what the CRP has to say on the subject.
"We believe people make better decisions than government. Free enterprise should be the guiding force, not government regulation."That's a simple statement that implies that government does not know best. It emphasizes the importance of free enterprise.
As I have said before, the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency is well known for buying up apartment buildings, evicting the low-income families, then demolishing the site, and giving it below fair market value to a developer. Then they build a few new apartments for moderate-income residents while creating several new problems. All this is done in the name of blight, a problem that code enforcement should be addressing, and generating more tax revenue, which doesn’t always work out quite like officials say it will.
"Economic growth depends on individual liberty and enables all citizens to maximize the opportunity to retain the rewards of their labor."
"For California’s businesses to grow, thrive, and create wealth, a first-class physical infrastructure is necessary."There are numerous other problems with the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency which are contradictory to the California Republican Party’s platform. These contradictions should cause all card-carrying Republicans to strongly question the judgment of those in charge of Fullerton’s Redevelopment Agency.
Why didn't other developers come in with their own money to invest in the City? Why didn't code enforcement step in early to mitigate those problems which the Agency now calls blight? Worse yet, some of the new housing will be exempt from property taxes which means the City will get substantially less revenue than it did previously. That is a direct contradiction to Redevelopment proponent’s argument that the City will be generating revenue. Remember, revenue produced via the tax increment (the tax increment is the difference between the old property tax rate versus the new property tax rate) is redirected back into funding for the Redevelopment Agency. The tax diversion takes funding from the City's general fund and it is used to confiscate more land and evict more families. It is a vicious cycle of dependency which must be broken. The cycle creates a vortex when 100% of the potential revenue is lost to tax exemptions and an unfair market is created. In return, taxpayers are left with , taxpayers are left with an aging infrastructure that has been neglected for decades.
"We will hold our government responsible for securing the safety of our families, for expanding our worldclass economy, and for promoting fairness and justice to every Californian."
Future highlighted contradictions to be discussed:
ETHICS BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
TAXES AND GOVERNMENT SPENDING