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Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 | First, those of us at the Grantville Action Group were not looking for or expecting any help from Sen. Christine Kehoe or Attorney General Jerry Brown. Even after she wrote her letter, we did not expect Brown to get involved on our side. We knew that, until the end, this ball would be ours to carry.

That said, we were pleasantly surprised that his response to the $31.4 million transfer from Grantville to the C Street Trolley improvement actually helped to bolster our lawsuit.

Brown’s response [that the settlement wasn’t illegal] agrees with what we know of redevelopment law. It is unchallengeable. The city concluded that the C Street Trolley is a Grantville benefit, and cannot be questioned in court. Someday the Supreme Court may have to address it.

That the $31.4 million travels to the San Diego County Administration Building is the facet of the agreement we believe exploits a loophole, which the Attorney General says is “technically permissible.” GAG and the Attorney General question whether this carries out the Legislature’s intent.

As stated and restated at the public hearing on this issue, the Grantville settlement does not pass the “stink test.” It certainly has the odor of the “let-’em-sue” mentality that’s created so much trouble for the city in the past eight years.

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