Fountain Valley’s redevelopment agency has joined another city and the California Redevelopment Assn. in a lawsuit that aims to stop the state from diverting cities’ redevelopment funds toward education.
The Fountain Valley Agency for Community Development, along with the Union City Redevelopment Agency and the statewide nonprofit, filed the suit Tuesday in hopes of nullifying a state bill passed in July. The state has mandated that city redevelopment agencies give back $2.05 billion over the next two years to fill gaps in the school budget, a move the plaintiffs call unconstitutional.
John Shirey, the executive director of the California Redevelopment Assn., said his group asked redevelopment agencies from across the state to volunteer to be plaintiffs, and more than 60 responded. In the end, he chose Union City and Fountain Valley because he believed they best represented the impacts of the legislation.