Los Angeles County supervisors, from left: Zev Yarolavsky, Gloria Molina, Don Knabe, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (now retired from the board), and Michael Antonovich. Not pictured is Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Following the long-awaited agreement on closing the California budgetary gap, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to sue state lawmakers if they pursue their plans to use city highway and redevelopment taxes to cover the state deficit. The supervisors are also looking into the legality of some of the proposed cuts, which greatly affect those who need help the most.
The Los Angeles Times:
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to sue state lawmakers if they pursue plans to seize local redevelopment and highway taxes to cover the state budget deficit. Other local governments are expected to take similar actions to prevent major cuts proposed in the budget deal reached last night.
This morning, Supervisors Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky proposed that county counsel sue to block any effort by the state to illegally withhold gas taxes or extend redevelopment projects, effectively redirecting taxes from the county to the state.
All of the supervisors approved the proposal except Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who was absent. “You’d think they’d be making better decisions than this,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said.