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RDA Pay to Play Heard Today

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The California Supreme Court will hear arguments today in the case of "Can the state force city redevelopment agencies to pay to stay alive?" The AP recaps: "The state is counting on $1.7 billion from the agencies in this year's budget and $400 million a year thereafter." Meanwhile, the executive director of the League of California Cities, one of the groups bringing the suit against the state, says "What's at stake for the cities is 300,000 private-sector jobs a year, funding for public infrastructure projects, the cleanup of brownfields and the revitalization of blighted, urban areas." The Court has put the law on hold while it considers the case; it's promised to rule before the first payments are due on January 15. [AP]