Nine cities, including Glendale and Pasadena, filed a lawsuit this week in an effort to force the state to make good on millions of dollars for local officials to pay down debt and other obligations left over by the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Sacramento County Superior Court, comes as so-called successor agencies — made up of various stakeholders in the wind-down of redevelopment operations — wade through the arduous process of untangling assets and paying down existing debts.
The state is scheduled to issue millions to successor agencies on June 1 to pay down those remaining debts, but city officials claim they've received mixed messages on whether the money will come.
For many cities, the stakes are high. Without the money, some cities would be forced to institute widespread layoffs and scramble to avoid default.
“We need to resolve this issue immediately, and we felt the only way to ensure the state followed through with their required payment was to join with our fellow cities,” Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa said in a statement issued Wednesday.