The Huntington Beach City Council voted unanimously Monday to send a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown opposing his proposal to eliminate the redevelopment agency.
Mayor Joe Carchio said Huntington Beach would take a big hit if the agency is eliminated.
"It would just devastate us," he said Tuesday.
Brown's proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies statewide is part of sweeping cuts to balance the state's nearly $20-billion budget deficit.
But Huntington Beach is among many cities that credit growth and projects to the money that comes from redevelopment, Carchio said. With new housing projects comes affordable housing units, he said. The city also credits the agency for the ongoing improvements at the Bella Terra shopping center, the proposed Costco and the recently completed Strand project, Carchio said. And that's not counting the jobs the agency creates, he said.