The San Jose Redevelopment Agency is under fire again, this time from Santa Clara County officials. On Tuesday, San Jose City Council voted unanimously to protect at least some of its assets from being seized by Gov. Jerry Brown. The plan was for the RDA to transfer some of its property directly to the city, while using others to create an independent San Jose Diridon Development Authority. The County responded within hours with a letter from its attorney, Miguel Márquez, claiming that the RDA owed it $62.9 million in back fees for services.
Mayor Chuck Reed defended the county’s decision, saying that the county needs to protect its assets just as San Jose need to protect its own. On the other hand, the city would probably be better off siding with the county in a fight against the state, rather than simply squabbling with the county.