CA “clawback” of $2 million from Arcata redevelopment funds
The story is in the Arcata Eye: http://www.arcataeye.com/2012/12/arcata-ordered-to-pay-2-4-million-by-friday-december-20-2012/comment-page-1/
The Eye was also copied on a letter from architect Kash Boodjeh, who resigned from Arcata’s redevelopment “Oversight Board” after his dismay at what he saw at his first meeting: http://www.arcataeye.com/2012/12/kash-boodjeh-oversight-board-creating-alternate-realities-december-20-2012/
From Boodjeh’s letter, as presented in The Eye:
…The Counsel for the successor agency in that meeting went on supporting the staff practically scaring all members of the board into action approving resolutions that were neither totally clear or complete, against the warnings of the county auditor who made a presentation that day. I understood the oversight board to be an instrument of the state and found the counsel’s engagement beyond the explanations of the rules of conduct to be out of order.There were no follow up meetings for 7 weeks.
As an Architect, I am well aware of the abuses of RDAs, specially in larger cities. Our community is clean, I will be one of the first people in line defending any accusations to the contrary.
However our council, despite being warned to act as if RDA did not exist back in winter of 2011, has gone ahead and spent money it never had…