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Category Archives: The 23 New EZs

Santa Clarita Receives Final EZ Designation

While there is no memo yet from HCD, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reports an item within its local news that the new Enterprise Zone is being given an official start date of July 1.

Fresno County Receives Final EZ Designation

From the HCD press release: SACRAMENTO— California’s Department of Housing and Community Development announced today that the Fresno County Regional Enterprise Zone is the first enterprise zone among the 23 newly-awarded enterprise zones to receive final designation to complete the necessary steps to move from conditional to final designation. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the conditional […]

Santa Clarita Final Designation Coming?

At the end of a story about eminent domain in the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, there is this brief nugget of information: The council is also expected to approve entering into a memorandum of understanding with the State of California Housing and Community Development Department to administer the enterprise zone that would enable some city […]

Breaking News: Northeast Valley Enterprise Zone Revived

Apparently the fight for the Northeast Valley Enterprise Zone that I wrote about earlier worked out pretty well. From the San Fernando Business Journal: The Pacoima area has been included in the expanded boundaries of the Los Angeles Central/Hollywood enterprise zone, the governors office announced Monday.The move preserves an area of the San Fernando Valley […]

The Fight to Save The Northeast Valley Enterprise Zone

Apparently, some Los Angeles politicians are not going to take the loss of the Northeast Valley Enterprise Zone lying down. As the Los Angeles Daily News points out, this was the only zone that applied for a new designation that did not receive one. This is particularly ironic given that special consideration was made for […]

Link Roundup

San Jose Mercury News: Richmond retains enterprise zone designation San Jose Mercury News: San Jose, San Francisco, Richmond designated as state enterprise zones Eureka Times-Standard: Enterprise Zone granted to Eureka Los Angeles Daily News: East Valley enterprise zone axed San Bernardino Sun: Governor supplies boost for SB area Los Angeles Daily News: Santa Clarita is […]

HOT: New Zones Announced

The HCD press release is here. (PDF) 1. City of Arvin 2. City of Delano 3. Fresno-City 4. Fresno-County ¢ Cities of Fowler, Firebaugh, Kerman, Mendota, Orange Cove, Parlier, San Joaquin, Sanger, Selma, County of Fresno 5. Merced ¢ Cities of Los Banos, Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Merced, County of Merced 6. North Sacramento […]

23 Zones 25 Applications

The Merced Sun-Star has some new information directly from Janet Huston, HCD director of communications: State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) officials were due to render a decision on the county’s recent enterprise zone application last week.Janet Huston, HCD director of communications and governmental affairs, said Tuesday HCD is still finishing its review […]

Zone Anticipation – On Ice

I’m hearing through the grapevine that HCD will not be making its conditional designation announcements today. Looks like we may have to wait as long as Nov. 8 or 9. Update: I just received the following email: The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (JEDE) has been informed by the Department of […]

My Prediction of The 23 New Zones

HCD is scheduled to announce the 23 new conditionally designated Enterprise Zones tomorrow, October 27. Just for fun I’ll make a guess at what I think they will be and then see how close I can get (in no particular order): Los Angeles Los Angeles Northeast Valley Coachella Valley San Jose Fresno Calexico Merced County […]

Long Beach Enterprise Zone Update

A press release from Long Beach states that they have submitted their application for a new Enterprise Zone. A major difference in the existing Long Beach Enterprise Zone and the proposed Enterprise Zone is the size. The current designation covers approximately 26.5 square miles while the proposed Enterprise Zone is approximately 41.4 square miles.

Sacramento Enterprise Zone Update

From the Sacramento Business Journal: The County Board of Supervisors approved new boundaries to the Northgate/Norwood enterprise zone on Sept. 5. The new zone would include the 1,440 acres in the current zone, set to expire in October, and add 2,280 acres of territory in the Richards Boulevard area and the Union Pacific downtown railyard.

Trouble For L.A. Zone?

The Los Angeles Daily News has this interesting article describing some of the technical issues that Pacoima and the Los Angeles Northeast Valley Enterprise Zone are having with regard to their application for new zone designation: State guidelines require an enterprise zone to have at least 51 percent of its land zoned for commercial or […]

Fresno County Vies For New Zones

The Fresno Bee has an interesting story detailing how the County and other local jurisdictions are teaming up to hire consultants to prepare applications for new Enterprise Zone designations.

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