California Supreme Court Upholds Legislature’s Abolition of Redevelopment Agencies

In case you missed this important decision before the new year, the California Supreme Court upheld state legislation that required the elimination of hundreds of community redevelopment agencies.  The savings from their elimination would be diverted to the state, school districts, and counties.  The agencies and other parties challenged the legislation under the California constitution, but lost because the court found the state’s power to reorganize sub-units of government to be paramount, per Hunter v. City of Pittsburgh.

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Paul Diller is an associate professor at Willamette Law whose research focuses on local government, policy innovation, the police power, and related issues of state and federal constitutional law. His scholarly work has appeared in, among other journals, the Stanford Law Review, The University of Chicago Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal. In recent years, Diller has worked on local obesity prevention policy with a leading nonprofit public health organization. Diller graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Pennsylvania, both magna cum laude. In his spare time, he enjoys baseball, snowboarding, drinking coffee, and spending time with his family.

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