Matt Potter 6:30 a.m., May 22
For GOP State Senator, Redevelopment Subsidies Begin at Home
The L.A. Times reported today that a key foe of Gov. Jerry Brown's move to abolish the state's redevelopment agencies is married to a consultant for developer Ed Roski Jr., the City of Industry multi-millionaire. Roski is counting on fat redevelopment subsidies to build an NFL stadium that could be the future home of the Chargers.
GOP Sen. Bob Huff of Diamond Bar told the paper it was not a conflict of interest for his wife's business, Mei Mei Ho Consulting LLC, to be working for Roski's Majestic Realty operation. The consulting outfit grossed more than $100,000 according to disclosure records. If lawmakers "had to stay away from any subject that a spouse of theirs might be involved in, you know, we would severely have our hands tied," the Times quoted Huff as saying.
Backers of a new stadium in San Diego are also on the pro-redevelopment band wagon, as exemplified by attorney Jay Jeffcoat, former chairman of the San Diego International Sports Council, who told Union-Tribune, “I think it’s south of 50 percent that we can get a new stadium...I’ve been all over the board. I was at 60 percent before (Gov. Jerry Brown’s) concept came in to grab the redevelopment monies."