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Mayor's letter protesting proposal to force sale of parking structures

Mayor's letter protesting proposal to force sale of parking structures

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Published by: Giana Magnoli on May 30, 2012
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May29
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He!ene
Schne,de,
Mayor
mc
Honorable
Joan
Buchanan.
Fax:
(916)3
‘9-2115
Chair,AsseiiihlyBudget
Subcommittee
4
on
State
Adniinistration
CalithimiaState
Assembly
C,ty
Ha..
State
CapitolBuilding,
Room
2148
735
AnacapaStreet
,
Sacramento.
CA
9agl4
Santa
Barba’a.
CA
ealol-t090
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RE:
Redevelopment
Budget
Trailer
Bill
Proposed
by
the
AdministrationNOTICE
OF
OPPOSITION
Ma
.LLng
Address;
PC.
Co
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990
DearAssemblyMemberBuchanan.
SantaSarbara.
CA
931
02-I
The
City
of
Santa
Barbarawritestoday
to
urge
you
to
REJECT
the
Administration’s
hLLdget
trailer
bill
relating
to
redevelopment.
Tel:
aOh.a64.53fl
Fax;
805.554.5475
mere
are
a
couple
(Ii
s•peci
tic
issues
to
Santa
Baihara
that
we
object
to,
in
addition
to
the
con
cenis
v(
ILL
all
d
your
C
ml
rn
i
flee
i
dent.fled
ut
weekwhenyou
reviewed
the
billcii
May
23
2012.Eirst
is
thenew
proposal
by
the
Departmentof
Finance
to
declare
that
all
parking
lotsand.stnictijresowned
by
the
former
Redevelopment
Agency
be
consideredsurplusproperly
and
sold
off
rather
than
transferred
to
theCityfor
a
govamnienlal
purpose
I
cannot
express
to
yoLt
inIron
5
en
otigh
tcnn
5
how
ni
uch
we
object
to
this
newlyinserted
provi
Si
DowntownSantaBarbara
is
recogtiizerlnationally
as
a
leader
in
downtownrevitalization
in
large
partdue
to
ourpartnershipwith
the
businesscommunity
in
creating
a
unified
parkingdistrictfor
employees
and
visitors
over
thepast
51)
years.
Ihe
City
and
businesses,
as
part
of
a
businessassessmentdistrict,
have
spent
millions
of
dollarscreating
the
publicparking
infrastructure,
with
most
comingfrom
previously
owned
Citylandor
surfaceparking
lots.TheParkOnce
concepthasallowediir
the
downtown
corn
to
develop
in
a
pedestñan
ietidl
y
niantier,and
is
recoized
by
the
City
as
providing
the
required
parking
for
new
revitalization
effhrts.
To
declare
these
public
parking
lots
as
not
serving
a
governmental
purpose
andforcethesale
of
them
to
a
private
entitycould
he
detrimental
to
thelong
trrm
economicvitality
ofdowntown
and
upend
over
50
years
of
sound
communityplatming.This
single
additionalsentence
in
the
Department
ol
Financetrailerbillcould
do
irreparable
harm
to
the
City
of
Santa
Barbara
in
the
future
and
is
a
clearover-reach
on
[lie
Departmentof
Finance’s
efforts.
These
are
public
parking
lots,
and
City
of
Santa
Barbara
Officeof
Nlayor
should
clearly
be
seen
as
sewing
a
governmental
purpose.

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