Why does Governor Jerry Brown want to eliminate redevelopment statewide? Because, as John Dillinger once allegedly said about banks, that's where the money is. Some 425 agencies plan to spend $3 billion, enough to make a sizeable dent in California's $25 billion shortfall. But city and county officials and construction companies say those dollars are vital to economic recovery. Others say redevelopment is a scam that subsidizes what should be private projects with public money intended for public safety and schools. We hear what's shaping up as one of this year's most heated debates. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama delivered an emotional tribute last night to the victims of Saturday's shooting in Tucson. We weigh whether he's likely to succeed in changing the tone of America's public discourse.
Banner image: A discarded chair sits in an undeveloped lot in San Francisco, California. Governor Jerry Brown proposed his budget on Monday that includes deep cuts to all sectors of California's infrastructure including cuts to redevelopment agencies. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images