As cities around the state are still stinging from the state's decision to deny many of their 240 redevelopment appeals, redevelopment skirmishes still continue around the state -- often about affordable housing projects that cities claim are nearing completion. Here's a sampling:
The City of Santa Ana in Orange County is suing the state Department of Finance over DOF's decision not to permit the city to complete construction on a 41-unit low-income housing project the city claims is 75% completed. Meanwhile, Santa Ana's city manager and city attorney are under fire and may be at risk of losing their jobs, though this controversy appears unrelated to the redevelopment situation.
Meanwhile, the North Coast city of Arcata in Humboldt County claims that much of the money DOF has demanded was already paid to -- or is still owed to -- contractors on the Sandpipe affordable housing project.
Redevelopment may not exist anymore, but that didn't stop Tulare County from suing Porterville over a 1,500-acre expansion to its redevelopment project area in 2010. Presumably Tulare County is seeking a financial settlement over tax-increment funds collected between June 2010, when the expansion occurred, and February 2012, when redevelopment ended.