Governor Jerry Brown's 2011-2012 proposed budget includes the elimination of redevelopment agencies in California. View Redevelopment FAQ. A broad coalition of mayors, council members, local governments, business and labor, environmental leaders and affordable housing advocates oppose the State’s attempt to kill local redevelopment. Here’s why:
This proposal represents more of the same state raids of local funds that voters have repeatedly and overwhelmingly acted to stop.
Facts About Redevelopment in San Jose
Timeline of Selected Projects
Support for Redevelopment
American Institute of Architects (support letter)
Big 10 Mayors (support letter)
QuotesRedevelopment has been San Jose's most important tool [for economic development], enabling us to step out of our regulatory role to play an active entrepreneurial role, with the agility and the initiative to make things happen that could not have happened otherwise.
[The elimination of Agency projects] would be a total disappointment [and] would really impact our neighborhood in a negative way.
[Strong Neighborhoods] taught us how to be empowered and own our neighborhood.
Nothing will be solved by [eliminating Redevelopment].
Redevelopment in the News
02/11/11 San Jose opposes call to end RDAs (Ian Bauer)
01/27/11 Regardless of Gov. Brown's intent, San Jose aims to protect its RDA funds (Carol Rosen)
01/26/11 California mayors lobby Gov. Jerry Brown to save redevelopment (Don Thompson)
01/19/11 San Jose City Council moves to protect redevelopment projects (Tracy Seipel)
Opinion and Editorials
Implemented neighborhood revitalization program to build clean, safe and attractive neighborhoods. Redevelopment has invested $103 million in 19 neighborhoods.
Support Small Businesses
$284 million to revitalize neighborhood-serving commercial areas. The Agency supports business clusters and eight neighborhood business districts: West San Carlos, East Santa Clara, Story Road, Alum Rock, Japantown, Luna Park, The Alameda, and Winchester. Of the businesses located within the business districts, 95% percent are small businesses.
Build Public Facilities
$1.3 billion in building public facilities, infrastructure and improvements throughout San Jose’s redevelopment project areas.
Since 1977, the Agency has invested nearly $2 billion to improve downtown San Jose. Approximately $340 million for educational programs, services and facilities in neighborhoods and downtown.
Spur Economic Development
$116 million invested in infrastructure in South San Jose (Edenvale Technology Park) over the past 20 years has stimulated significant private investment in over 13 million square feet of prime R&D, office, and manufacturing space, in which more than 300 companies generating over 13,500 jobs operate.
Investment in infrastructure in the North San Jose industrial area (Rincon de Los Esteros), such as Route 87 improvements; flood control; the Brokaw Road - U.S. 101 undercrossing and new Tasman bridges serves more than 4,600 acres and is home to 1,400 national and international companies employing 66,000 people.
$10 million dollars in the San Jose BioCenter, a lifesciences incubator facility. The 36,000 square feet scientific research facility has attracted $1 billion in capital and created more than 800 direct jobs.