San Bernardino County on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court in an effort to prevent the state from dispersing $ to various government agencies $9 million intended for redevelopment in the Old Fire-ravaged mountain community of Cedar Glen, near Lake Arrowhead.
The Board of Supervisors in 2005 loaned the Cedar Glen Redevelopment Area $10 million for new roads and a new water system so residents could rebuild their homes destroyed in the October 2003 Old Fire. But California's dissolution of redevelopment agencies, which began in October 2011, required any property tax increments used for redevelopment purposes be returned and distributed to various government agencies for other purposes.
"The County of San Bernardino made a promise to help Cedar Glen residents rebuild their community long before the state wiped out our redevelopment projects," Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Janice Rutherford said in a statement Wednesday.
Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, is proposing legislation - SB 409 - which the county is sponsoring, that would, if passed, redirect the money back to the Cedar Glen recovery efforts.
"The legislation introduced by Senator Emmerson would ensure that the county can keep its commitment to the Cedar Glen community and the people who call it home," Rutherford said in her statement.
In the same news release, Emmerson said, "The residents of Cedar Glen have already been through enough. This bill will ensure
that the county's resources go towards restoring a community that has been devastated by
the Old Fire."