SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The plan submitted by Councilwoman Marti Emerald to reorganize the city's redevelopment efforts will have to overcome a major hurdle, the City Attorney's Office is scheduled to report Monday.
Emerald wants to combine the management of the city's redevelopment projects to save duplication of costs. Right now, project areas are overseen by three organizations, the Redevelopment Agency, the Centre City Development Corp. and the Southeastern Development Corp.
The Redevelopment Agency is a standard city department. The CCDC and SEDC are quasi-independent non-profit corporations.
According to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, the CCDC and SEDC can merge with each other, but they cannot legally merge with a city department, so another way needs to be found to bring them all under the same umbrella.
A couple of labor issues have to be further researched, Goldsmith said.
Emerald's plan also envisions raising the legal mandate on spending for affordable housing from 20 percent to 35 percent.
Goldsmith noted the whole issue could become moot because Gov. Jerry Brown wants to eliminate redevelopment agencies as part of his budget proposals. However, Brown's plan has not passed the Legislature, and there are competing proposals in Sacramento regarding redevelopment.
The governor is scheduled to announce revisions to his budget proposal Monday, which potentially could include changes to his redevelopment plan.
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