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KQED, Guy Marzorati
Democrats in the California state Legislature want to revive a controversial community renovation program, and with it, bring back billions of dollars for affordable housing.
The program, called redevelopment, was ended in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown and a Legislature intent on closing a massive budget hole. Democrats believe their proposal will get a boost next year by the support of the state's new governor, Gavin Newsom.
"We think it is the right time to bring back a new version of redevelopment," said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco.