High Desert Daily
(Victorville) In a press release on Friday, the Victor Valley Economic Development Agency (VVEDA) announced that they have filed a lawsuit against the State of California. Filed on April 12th, named parties include the State Controller, State Finance Director and the San Bernardino County Auditor Controller.
The lawsuit is centered around Assembly Bill x1 26, which was approved by the Legislature last year and signed into law by the Governor in June 2011. As the press release states, the bill causes for the dissolution of California redevelopment agencies. VVEDA, being a joint powers of authority formed by the cities of Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley and the County of San Bernardino, states that their definition does not fall under the bill, as they are not a redevelopment agency. AB x1 26 was challenged by the California Redevelopment Association (CRA) and the League of California Cities based on constitutional grounds and upheld by the Supreme Court last December.
“VVEDA is filing its lawsuit based on grounds not included in the CRA complaint and raises question as to the applicability of AB x1 26 to VVEDA as VVEDA is not a redevelopment agency”, said Keith Metzler, Executive Director to VVEDA via the press release. The lawsuit states how VVEDA was formed under the Joint Powers Act, which is a separate provision of law from those laws that govern redevelopment agencies. Six causes of action are being sought in the lawsuit including Declaratory Relief and Injunctive Relief. If VVEDA prevails with this lawsuit, they are expecting to have the redevelopment tax increment funding restored so that it can meet its obligations to its member agencies and the Southern California Logistics Airport.
For more information on VVEDA, you can visit their website at www.VictorValleyCA.com.
Thanks to the good work of Terry Caldwell, Andre deBortnowsky and myself, We have a strong case.