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Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 5:00 am

Share your thoughts: Should state return $5.5m for Santa Rosa Railroad Square Cannery project?

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    NBBJ Pulse Poll

    Should the state return $5.5 million in Santa Rosa redevelopment funds for the Railroad Square Cannery project?

    • Yes (47%, 14 votes)
    • No (53%, 16 votes)
    • Don't know (0%, 0 votes)

    Total voters: 30
    Polling period: December 5, 2012 @ 12:05 am – December 11, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

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    From the Nov. 30 Business Journal editorial “On future of Railroad Square, will it be Sacramento to Santa Rosa: Drop Dead?

    On Oct. 29, 1975, the New York Daily News carried this headline after President Gerald Ford gave a speech denying federal assistance to keep New York out of bankruptcy: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”

    For Santa Rosa and its 13-year effort to rebuild Railroad Square, the headline could read: “Gov. Brown and Sacramento to Santa Rosa: Drop Dead.”

    At issue is $5.5 million in city redevelopment funds committed to 93 units of affordable senior housing that have been snatched away from Santa Rosa as Sacramento has shut down redevelopment agencies across the state. The funding is the critical link in the cannery area project. Without it, the project collapses and it will be years if not decades before anything happens at what is considered Santa Rosa’s best opportunity for transit-centered downtown development.

    To date, through multiple sessions in Sacramento, the message to Santa Rosa and the city’s taxpayers has been: Drop Dead.

    Nonetheless, key meetings are scheduled in what may be the last out-of-court hearing on the matter.

    Also see the Business Journal news story ”City makes 11th-hour plea for Railroad Square funds,” Nov. 5.

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    1 Comment

    1. December 5, 2012, 12:16 pm

      by John Myerson

      The state is in this predicament because of the underground economy millions of illegals are not paying taxes on wages, and we are putting them through school millions of child birth costs housing welfare and infrastructure use is being thrown out like trash there is no way to ever balance a budget when you give all this to anyone that hops the fence there is a huge increase in sewer capacity and road repairs needed all from the illegal immigration policy this is not the city of Santa Rosa fault but we can darn sure help change it by asking congress no insisting the congress and the government at every level stand up to these immigration laws immigration reform really means inform the government to do there job and deport these tax evading free loafers.

      I worked hard for my country all my life stop stealing my money to pay for illegals.

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