Santa Ana Officially Refuses $56-Million Demand From State (Voice of OC)

December 21, 2012 – Santa Ana City Council members Friday in a 4-0 vote declared they would refuse to pay the state’s $56-million bill, due by 5 p.m., arguing that the state Department of Finance is overreaching in its bid to divert housing funds leftover from the city’s defunct redevelopment agency. Instead, City Council members at a special Friday meeting said they would fight the state’s demand with an intensive lobbying effort and possible legal measures. “I think we have to not only fight this, we have to fight it intelligently,” said Mayor Miguel Pulido, adding that the city leaders needed to enact a “full-court press” advocacy charge in Sacramento.

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