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Community Redevelopment Agencies used tax money to bring new life to downtown LA, Hollywood and other "blighted areas,"  but their sweeping power to seize private property led to charges of corruption and profiteering. After shutting the CRA's down four years ago, Governor Brown has approved new agencies -- with a different name but similar powers. Is it a distinction without a difference?

Also on the program, amnesty for people who can't afford to pay escalating fines and fees assessed by traffic courts.     

Photo: Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles (Jorobeq)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christine Detz

Amnesty for Jay-walkers and Traffic Scofflaws 6 MIN, 52 SEC

It's easy to get a ticket for jay-walking, running a stop sign or other minor traffic violations — but, for many people, it's hard to pay the fine after they've been convicted. When they can't pay, the fines go up — and sometimes judges suspend their driver's licenses. Tomorrow, a year-and-a-half amnesty goes into effect. We hear details from Theresa Zhen is an attorney with the New Way of Life ReEntry Project.

Is "Revitalization" Redevelopment by Another Name? 16 MIN, 50 SEC

In 2011, Governor Brown and the legislature dissolved more than 400 California Redevelopment Agencies.  They had done some good things, but had developed a bad reputation for allegedly mis-using the power of eminent domain.  Now the Governor has signed a bill, with support from both parties, creating new agencies, which also will have the power of eminent domain.  They’re to be called Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities.

Guests:
Bernadette Duran-Brown, Nossaman, LLP (@B_DuranBrown)
Marko Mlikotin, California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights (@calproprights)
Bill Fulton, Rice University (@BillFultonVta)

More:
Duran-Brown on redevelopment and eminent domain

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