California gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly is turning out to be quite a train wreck! “For all his talk of “getting government out of the way,” Donnelly has repeatedly voted to keep government in the redevelopment business, which property rights advocates describe as “a noxious combination of crony capitalism and bureaucratic control,” according to John Hrabe at Cal News.
“Redevelopment agencies have been the biggest abusers of homeowners’ property rights in California,” Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said in a 2011 press release. “Immediate action is needed now and we urge all legislators, including Republicans, to reject the influence of politically connected developers and do what is right for ordinary California homeowners.”
But, Donnelly ignored the advice of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, voting twice to keep redevelopment agencies. In March 2011, Donnelly voted against SB 77, the precursor to ABX1 26, which ultimately eliminated redevelopment agencies. Continue reading