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)