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Update: The 2008 Race for 8

The original HCD deadline (Jan. 2 according to page 44 of the Application Guidebook) for releasing the results of the eight winning Enterprise Zone applications has come and gone.  I reported earlier that the Department had announced this date would be delayed in order to give the Governor’s Office time to review the results.

In the mean time, since the decisions have theoretically already be made, it might be interesting to speculate on who the 13 applicants were.  I have found a wide consensus agreeing that all eight expiring areas submitted applications for new zones.  That leaves five more to account for.  Here are some “clues” I have found:

  1. The City of Gardena: This article in the Daily Breeze reports that one of the achievements of their City Manager has been the application for an Enterprise Zone.
  2. The City of Salinas and Monterey County: There have been a number of article, including this one from The Salinas Californian, touting Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue’s accomplishments, including the application for an Enterprise Zone including a number of jurisdictions in south Monterey County.
  3. Riverside County/West Coachella Valley: The Desert Sun reported on the application for an Enterprise Zone including the cities of Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City.
  4. The City of El Monte: I managed to find these minutes of a meeting of the El Monte Community Redevelopment Agency held 8/21/07 in which a motion was passed to submit an application for an Enterprise Zone designation.
  5. ???: I’m not sure who number 13 is, but I did come across these minutes of a City Countil meeting for the City of Carson on 12/19/06 in which a study was authorized to explore a possible EZ application.

Good luck and if all goes well, you will hear the results here first.

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