A decision Wednesday from a Sacramento County Superior Court that will prevent cities from obtaining money with which to pay down redevelopment debt has left local officials disappointed and frustrated.
Glendale had joined with Pasadena, Huntington Beach and other cities in filing a lawsuit last week asking the court to block the state from distributing property tax revenues to schools and counties. The suit argued that the money belongs to them for redevelopment projects and debt commitments that were made before Gov. Jerry Brown redirected the funds to help cover the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget deficit.
But the ruling, from Judge Timothy Frawley, prevents that blockage of distribution from happening.
“Obviously, we are disappointed with this decision,” City Manager Scott Ochoa said in an email after the ruling came down.
The decision, Ochoa said, “delays and denies clear-cut and deserved protection for local communities.”
But in spite Frawley’s ruling, it doesn’t appear that the legal fight is over.