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Brown Begins To Dissolve Redevelopment Agencies

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today named twelve individuals to serve on four governing boards responsible for dissolving local redevelopment agencies in cities and counties where local agencies elected not to manage the task.

Brown was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Each governing board consists of three county residents responsible for winding down the affairs of dissolved local redevelopment agencies.


This work will include: paying existing bond debt and following through on pre-existing contractual obligations, maintaining reserves, enforcing former redevelopment agency rights to protect and benefit bondholders, disposing of former redevelopment agency assets, managing properties until contracted work has been completed and preparing an administrative budget and obligations payment schedule.


Appointees will work closely with former redevelopment agency staff to accomplish these tasks. They will be overseen by a seven-member Oversight Board consisting of representatives of the taxing agencies in whose boundaries the redevelopment agencies were located.


Merced:


Robert Carpenter, 70, of Merced, has been appointed to the designated local authority for the former redevelopment agency in Merced. Carpenter has been a partner at Leap Carpenter Kemps Insurance Agency since 1971. This position does not require Senate confirmation. Carpenter is a Republican.


Mike Gallo, 61, of Merced, has been appointed and designated as chair of the designated local authority for the former redevelopment agency in Merced. Gallo has been the owner of Joseph Gallo Farms since 1972. This position does not require Senate confirmation. Gallo is a Republican.


Ralph Temple, 71, of Merced, has been appointed to the designated local authority for the former redevelopment agency in Merced. Temple has been a partner at the Law Offices of Ralph Temple since 1966. He is a member of the board of trustees for the University of California, Merced. This position does not require Senate confirmation. Temple is a Democrat.


Stanislaus:


Paul Baxter, 67, of Modesto, has been appointed to the designated local authority for the former development agency in Stanislaus. Baxter was a consultant for Stanislaus County Capital Projects from 2002 to 2007. He was the interim clerk recorder for the County of Stanislaus from 2001 to 2002 and deputy city manager for the City of Modesto from 1989 to 2000. This position does not require Senate confirmation. Baxter is a Democrat.


Wendell Naraghi, 69, of Denair, has been appointed and designated as chair of the designated local authority for the former redevelopment agency in Stanislaus. Naraghi has been the owner of Wendell Naraghi Farms since 2006 and the owner of the Naraghi Group since 2000. He was manager of H. Naraghi Farms, a family-run farm and real estate company, from 1967 to 2006. Naraghi has served on the California State Food and Agriculture Board and the UC Hastings Foundation. Naraghi received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation. Naraghi is a Republican.


Walter Schmidt, 65, of Hughson, has been appointed to the designated local authority for the former redevelopment agency in Stanislaus. Schmidt has been a partner at Crabtree Schmidt since 1971. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation. Schmidt is a Republican.


The other two locations included Ventura and Los Angeles.


For more information, visit: http://www.dof.ca.gov/assembly_bills_26-27/view.php.


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