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Op/Ed: Mayor Thanks Local Lawmakers for Supporting Redevelopment

A message of thanks to State Senator Bob Huff and Assembly Members Anthony Portantino and Tim Donnelly.

As Mayors and City Council Members, we find it hard to believe that Governor Brown and the California State Legislature actually voted to eliminate Redevelopment Agencies from the State of California in spite of clear facts that Redevelopment abates blighting influences and brings positive economic development benefits to our cities and the state.

It is particularly disturbing that the Legislature would ignore the fact that less than a year ago the citizens of California voted overwhelming for Prop 22 – an initiative designed to protect local government funding and specifically, Redevelopment.

The sad fact is that they ; but not all State Legislators turned their back on the people they represent.

We are proud to stand next to and thank Senator Bob Huff, Assembly Member Tim Donnelly and especially the only democrat to oppose the bill, Assembly Member Anthony Portantino.

Taking principled stands that are not politically expedient is not easy. Representation that is meaningful and preserves local government serves all Californians and we are grateful to be represented by such fine public servants. Thank you Senator Bob Huff, Assembymembers Tim Donnelly and Anthony Portantino!

With gratitude from the Mayors and City Council Members from the following cities: Anaheim, Bradbury, City of Industry, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Duarte, Glendora, Highland, La Canada, La Verne, Monrovia, Pasadena, Placentia, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, South, Pasadena, Temple City, and Walnut.

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