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Managing dying process or breathing life into communities?

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POSTED March 12, 2012 6:58 p.m.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin

I will be attending a training conference at my expense in March on how city officials that had redevelopment agencies should be managing their “successor agencies”, that is, the agencies that will lead to the death of redevelopment in California. I know the training will be interesting, and I look forward to it.

City officials, economic professionals, housing advocates, and job-creation activists have to manage this dying community improvement and economic development process as a matter of State Law because of the catastrophic mismanagement of California’s budget by the Governor and a majority of the Legislature (but not all) who failed in their jobs to live within their means and who are attempting to balance the State budget on the backs of local residents, cities, and counties even while they are proposing to raise state taxes, and undertake more expensive spending schemes. They in State government are the failures, not local governments, and not the electorate of California.

While officials in government must manage this “economic dying process” and our Governor and Legislature fail to do their jobs, we must engage in a movement in our cities and counties and local governments to bring back by initiative the economic development tools we need, like redevelopment, and send a message to Sacramento in doing so that they work for the people of California. We do not work for them no for their expensive, extravagant, irresponsible, and fiscally failed spending schemes. We are the people: They are not; and they are not listening to us. Remember, if they get away with killing redevelopment agencies then they can get rid of cities, counties, and special districts.

Winston Churchill said something that officials in local government and our citizens must use as a rallying cry. “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never---in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

David M. Jinkens

Manteca, CA

March 10, 2012

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