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Colin Parent Leaving HCD

Colin Parent, Director of External Affairs for HCD who has been the leading the Department’s efforts to enact new regulations for the Enterprise Zone program, is leaving his position. As of February 15, Parent will be taking a new position as the Policy Director for City of San Diego’s Housing Commission.

HCD Issues Guidance on Creation of New TEAs

HCD has distributed a management memo describing a new process for designating new TEAs using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data. A copy of the memo can be found here. The memo explains that the Department will publish a list of all qualified census tracts in the state for Enterprise Zones to select from […]

“Change is on the Horizon” HCD at the CAEZ Conference

The annual CAEZ Conference will be held next week in Santa Clarita, and the final program has been posted. I will moderating a session on Wednesday at 4:00 with HCD representatives John Nunn, Colin Parent and Department Director Linn Warren. The Department is still on track to produce new regulations for the vouchering process, but […]

San Diego Zone Expansion and HCD Comments About Possible Regulations

I neglected to point out a large article on the Enterprise Program that appeared last week in the San Diego Union Tribune on the occasion of a new expansion approved for the San Diego zone. The article include a lot of positive information especially about opportunities for businesses in San Diego. Especially interesting, however, for […]

HCD Now Requiring Biennial Reporting

At the last public CAEZ meeting in Sacramento, representatives from HCD told zone managers that the Department would not be requiring zones to file the biennial reports required by statute. Citing impending new regulations, HCD said that they would be delaying the reporting requirement pending those changes. Zone managers present at that meeting requested that […]

Pittsburg Enterprise Zone Has Been Granted Final Designation Today

Despite the fact that HCD had issued an April 10, 2012 deadline to conditionally designated zones to receive their final designations, the Pittsburg Enterprise Zone apparently received an extension. HCD has now announced that the Pittsburg zone will be effective as of today, June 1, 2012.

The Watsonville Enterprise Zone Expires Today

The Watsonville Enterprise Zone expires today, April 30, 2012.

Breaking: San Francisco and Los Angeles Receive Final Enterprise Zone Designations

I have received confirmation that the San Francisco and Los Angeles Harbor Enterprise Zones have received their final designations as of today.

HCD: Today is the Deadline

Today is the last day for HCD to issue final designations to three conditionally designated Enterprise Zones: San Francisco, Los Angeles Harbor, and Pittsburg. Santa Clarita received its final designation notice on April 9. Will they meet the deadline? What will happen if they don’t?

Breaking: Santa Clarita Receives Final Enterprise Zone Designation

With one day to go before HCD’s self-imposed deadline of April 10, Santa Clarita has just released a notice that their Enterprise Zone has been granted final designation and that they are now ready to accept applications. The press release can be found here.

San Diego Enterprise Zone Receives Final Designation

As we approach HCD’s deadline of April 10 to issue five outstanding final designations, that list has now shrunk to four with news that San Diego has received their final designation letter.

Final Countdown to Final Designations

On October 10, 2011 HCD issued a memo in which they established a 180 day deadline for eight conditionally designated Enterprise Zones to comply with all outstanding requirements and receive final designation. That 180 day period comes to an end on April 10, and, to date, only three of the eight zones have received final […]

New Director of HCD Appointed

The Governor’s office published the following press release today announcing the appointment of a new director of HCD: Linn Warren, 59, of Davis, has been appointed director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Warren has been a program director at the California Housing Finance Agency since 2010, where he served in multiple […]

Cathy Creswell Leaving HCD

HCD sent out an email blast today from Cathy Creswell announcing that the Governor has asked her to leave her position with the Department as of February 14: To HCD Stakeholders and Colleagues: A new year brings the promise of new beginnings and renewal. Recently, the Department has undergone a number of changes and faced […]

Details on the Santa Clarita Enterprise Zone Final Designation Process

This article from the Santa Clarita Valley Signal has some interesting details about the process taking place on the way to final designation of their new Enterprise Zone. All the way at the end, for example, the article notes that: Laura Biery, administrative analyst for the city of Santa Clarita, said the Santa Clarita City […]

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