The good old Boy Scout motto "Be Prepared", should be practiced by our Mayor and City Council. The Citizens and the City Employees should be fully informed of the What IF, IF the RDA is no longer in existence to fund past RDA Actions and Employee Salary and Benefits.
Rather than begging for the RDA's continued abuse of the California Tax Payers and the function of the State Government, there should be a concerted effort by our City Council and those of the other cities to be in the workings of the policy making. Who will acquire land that is owned by RDA's? Under what conditions or progress would a property be sold to offset RDA/State Debt, what would be built out according to plans underway? This is where the Cities with RDA's should be in the trenches resolving between the State and Local RDA's.
Cities have abused the funds, inflated salary and staff and future retirement obligations. All because the League of California Cities a PAC paid for by Large Developers, convinced and trained the City Council Members and Mayors of California to believe that the RDA's are the only way to support a city. The interest paid on the debt, the tax waivers and fee waivers used as inducements all inflate the cost of the RDA. Other agencies suffer from the diverted tax dollars from their budgets, while they have to struggle to function in the inflated economy.
The cost of the RDA's to Non RDA Cities and Agencies are all inflationary and have contributed to the high cost of being in business in California. It is all out of hand, even right here in Grand Terrace. It is time that this City Council face the reality that the RDA will end, and they need to work to make that transition as smooth as possible, rather than trying to hide their eyes in the sand and pretend that the need to get off the RDA addiction is a reality, if not now in the near future.