- The proposal to kill the RDAs is almost certain to reappear in the revised budget plan Brown delivers this month.
- Two Senate bills aimed at keeping the RDAs alive both stalled in committee this week.
- A March report from the state controller slammed them for, among other misdeeds, abuse of eminent domain, failing to pay roughly $33 million owed to public schools, and widespread corruption with respect to accounting and payroll practices, loans, and use of affordable-housing dollars.
- The recent smackdown of questionable eminent domain practices in National City.
- The growing scandal over questionable lending and misuse of federal housing funds in Montebello.
- The breaking scandal in San Diego's Southeastern Economic Development Corp., where two former directors have been charged with five felony counts of embezzlement, conspiracy, and misuse of public funds for paying themselves hundreds of thousands in secret bonuses from the RDA.
All of these things will only make it harder for anyone in Sacramento to lie on the train tracks for the RDAs, but the broader point is that few government bodies in California are more deserving of elimination. As described in this excellent Reason piece, redevelopment agencies are a magnet for corrupt dealings between local bureaucrats, crony land developers, neighborhood activists, and labor unions, and generally waste taxpayer dollars on a massive scale while doing little to improve poor neighborhoods. The winds these days seem more than ever to be blowing against them, but the plain fact is that they're largely responsible for the mess they're in.