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Local News in Brief : Suit Filed Against Redevelopment Plan

Los Angeles County and a group of business people and redevelopment watchdogs have filed suits in Superior Court to stop the City of Industry from declaring 600 acres of vacant pasture part of its redevelopment area.

The suits contend that the city has twisted the intent of state redevelopment law in an attempt to receive up to $400 million in tax revenue from businesses built on the land that would otherwise go to the county and local school districts.

At the core of the suits is the claim that Industry has illegally declared the pasture land a blighted urban area, a requirement for it to receive all the tax revenue.

“This is one of the biggest abuses of the California community redevelopment law ever attempted by any governmental agency in the state of California and all to the tremendous detriment of taxpayers of the county of Los Angeles,” declared one of the suits filed on behalf of the Industry Civic Planning Assn., a group of about 60 local business people who have frequently challenged the city’s redevelopment policies.

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