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County to Be Successor of Redevelopment Agency

Alameda County's Board of Supervisors will be responsible for paying off the agency's debts and auctioning off its 12 parcels starting Feb. 1.

As a result of the , Alameda County has decided to step in as the successor of its agency.

District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley made the announcement at held at the hall.

He said the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution on Jan. 12 designating the county to take over.

Redevelopment Director Eileen Dalton said the dozen parcels owned by the agency will be turned over to the county to be auctioned off.

"The law is crazy and stupid," Miley told attendants, saying the county will try to find funding to buy those buildings itself.

Also being axed are the community advisory commitees of Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland and Cherryland — all of which give input on how redevelopment funds were spent in the county's unincorporated areas.

According to Miley, by May 1, the county plans to establish an oversight board consisting of local representatives from various districts to advise supervisors on what should be done with the contracted redevelopment projects.

The board may likely include some of the eight former employees of the agency.

Non-housing funds and other assets will be turned over to to the county to pay off the agency's existing debts.

With redevelopment gone, the tax increments previously reserved for community projects in the unincorporated areas would revert to the county's general fund.

"There's also a lot of work for the county auditors," Dalton said.

The county will eventually get back some of the money based on the audits and the $1.7 billion earned by the state from the dissolution of redevelopment. However, she did not know how much.

"It will be at least six months until any clear picture emerges," Dalton said.

What Remains Active Or Goes in Limbo

Construction on the $9 million will continue forward until finished in June, according to Dalton. The will also continue, with an expected date of completion by either the end of this year or early next year.

In San Lorenzo, development remains in limbo for , the downtown Bohannon properties, the Hesperian Streetscape Project and the .

However, District 3 Supervisor Wilma Chan said despite the dissolution of the agency, the library's expansion project will continue. She announced that an have already been selected and formed for the project.

"We are planning on doing that and we are hopeful we can continue that and construct the library," Chan said.

Also in limbo are a firehouse, community center, and sidewalk project in Cherryland and a streetscaping project along East 14th Street in Ashland.

The county is also left to decide on taking over several programs that are focused on improving residential and commercial properties in the unincorporated areas such as graffiti abatement and sidewalk repair.

David Ross January 27, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Great! The street work is going from a marginally incompetent agency to the a truly incompetent agency! What happened to the APRIL completion of the Castro Valley Boondoggle? Is it because of the hiatus that took place in December that the completion is going to be 2 months later? Just make the Boulevard drivable and stop the rest of the project. Too much money has been wasted already. Let's just cut our losses.
Rob Phillips January 27, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Due to intentional design, traffic will be slower than ever on the New Boulevard. So where did they plan for the overflow traffic to go? They didn't. And the unforseen consequense of this lack of planning is increased traffic on the already crowded streets of our neighborhoods, such at Somerset and Heyer, which have become Boulevard bypasses. Boulevard Bucks does nothing for me. I have moved most of my local patronage out of town where there is more parking and less hassle. Saving a dollar is not worth the time and nuisance involved in navigating the Boulevard. We have lost business we will never get back. And the Daughtry Building! Thank goodness Nate Miley and the Redevelopment Agency were able to purchase it for big bucks when they already new the Governor was cutting the agency out of the budget and we would likely get stuck between a rock and hard place. Now we get to auction it off at a fire sale and lose all the money that could have gone to our struggling school budget! And what committee is going to oversee this process? Nate Miley and his handpicked gang of incompetents who brought you these boondoggles in the first place. I have to agree with the Forum letter that said we should bring back the "Canoe" sign as it most accurately depicts the state of an unincorporated Castro Valley, "up the creek without a paddle." To paraphrase what MAC member Cheryl Miraglia said about the Jolly Green Giant's phallic cell tower,"Don't blame us! We don't have any power."
Reid Kane January 28, 2012 at 04:33 AM
#HatersGonnaHate
Rob Phillips January 28, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Love it. When you have no answer, let alone a point by point rebuttal, you offer up a "holier than thou" soundbite... Really? Wow! That's so deep... I'll meditate on it and get back to you.
Observer January 29, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I attended some of the citizen meetings held regarding Redevelopment and the CV General Plan. One of the meetings I attended, could have had as many as 400 CV citizens there. People would raise their hands and give their opinion on what they would like to see on the Boulevard. You stated, “Due to intentional design, traffic will be slower than ever on the New Boulevard” and went on to predict greater traffic congestion. We will see. One of the things people seem to agree on was they wanted to have a walkable safe downtown for shopping and entertainment. I venture to say that traffic engineers likely designed the Boulevard to create a safer traffic flow for pedestrians and bicyclist. Then you continued on with a somewhat venomous prognostication about the future of redevelopment and the county workers. You must know more than I, as what I have read in the paper has been speculation regarding Redevelopment.

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