State Rejects Highway 12 Project

“I’m disappointed, but not terribly surprised,” said 1st District Supervisor Valerie Brown


The California Department of Finance has rejected the county's plans to continue the Highway 12 sidewalk project, the Sonoma Index Tribune is reporting.

News came late Thursday that the project, which was included on a list of Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS) submitted to the state two weeks ago, was rejected in its bid for continuation.

1st District Supervisor Valerie Brown said the project will now be reviewed by the Oversight Board, tasked with wrapping up stalled Redevelopment projects.

“I’m disappointed, but not terribly surprised,” Brown told the Index Tribune. “It’s hard to believe that the state didn’t summarily dismiss everything."

The state said that the road, curb and sidewalk improvement for Highway 12 totaling $11.3 million do not qualify as enforceable obligations because “agreements contracts or arrangements between the County and the former redevelopment agency are not enforceable obligations.”

The Oversight Board will discuss possible responses to the state's letter in their meeting on May 4. Read more here.

Dee Baucher April 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Apparently the plans submitted by our county failed to disclose the specific funding amounts and the specific funding sources for the various components of the project in question. No wonder the state refused to consider this project as an enforceable obligation of the previous Redevelopment Agency. It sounds like our county officials failed in their responsibilities to have all their "ducks in a row" with their presentation to the state.
Dorothy April 29, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I am sorry to hear this.
pete April 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Valerie Brown you sound like the jilted lover who was relieved because she really didn't want to be in the relationship after all.


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