On January 10, 2011, Governor Brown proposed the elimination of all redevelopment agencies (RDAs) throughout the State of California as a component of his budget proposal. Subsequently, on June 29, 2011, the Governor signed Assembly Bills 26 (AB1x 26) - a dissolution of all RDAs throughout the state, and Assembly Bill 27 (AB1x 27) - a bill that would create an alternative voluntary redevelopment program, which would allow agencies to continue redevelopment activity by voluntarily authorizing the contribution of tax increment to county auditor-controller offices to benefit education and public safety.
On July 18, 2011, the California Redevelopment Association (CRA) and the League of California Cities (League) petitioned the California Supreme Court (Court) for a writ of mandate challenging AB1x 26 and AB1x 27, and a request for a temporary stay of both bills pending resolution of said petition (CRA v. Matosantos). The Court agreed to hear the Case and issued a partial stay.
On December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court ruled to uphold Assembly Bill 26 (AB1x 26), ordering the dissolution of all redevelopment agencies throughout the State of California effective February 1, 2012.
Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency for the City of San Bernardino
Consequently, on January 9, 2012, the City of San Bernardino became the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) through Resolution 2012-12, whereas the Successor Agency would be responsible to carry out the enforceable obligations and administer the wind down of the former RDA. Furthermore, the City became the Successor of housing functions of the former RDA on January 25, 2012 through Resolution 2012-19.
As a result, the City of San Bernardino began implementing its duties as Successor Agency on such date. The Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency for the City of San Bernardino will function, with limited authority, according to AB1x 26. The Successor Agency operates under the direction of an Oversight Board, the California State Controller's Office, and the California Department of Finance.
By May 1, 2012, an Oversight Board must be established to supervise the activities of each Successor Agency. The Oversight Board has fiduciary responsibilities to holders of enforceable obligations and the taxing entities that benefit from distributions of property tax and other revenues. The Oversight Board is an appointed body comprised of seven members as follows: two appointments by the County Board of Supervisors; two appointments by the Mayor of the City of San Bernardino; one appointment from the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District; one appointment by the County Superintendent of Education; and, one appointment by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.
The Oversight Board Committee Members: Jim Morris - Mayor Appointee; Carey K. Jenkins - Mayor Appointee; Mary O'Toole - County Board of Supervisors; Vacant - County Board of Supervisors; Doug Headrick - San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District; Margaret Hill - County Superintendent of Education Appointee; John Longville - Chancellor of the California Community Colleges Appointee.
Please address all correspondence related to the former Redevelopment Agency to:
City of San Bernardino as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Bernardino, City Manager's Office, 300 North "D" Street, 6th Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92418.
Phone: (909) 384-5122.