Denise Madrid of The Porterville Recorder summarized a provocative situation faced by up to nine “conditionally” designated California enterprise zones. Govern Jerry Brown’s office had directed California’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the bureaucracy that oversees the state’s EZ program, to drive with its brakes on.
Conditional-designation status is a normal phase in the lifespan of every new enterprise zone. Nine of the state’s 42 legally designated enterprise zones remain in limbo, however, as HCD delays action required to finalize their status.
The Sequoia Valley EZ, which includes Porterville, Lindsay, Exeter, Visalia, Tulare, Farmersville, Woodlake, and Dinuba and other parts of Tulare County, received its conditional designation status in 2009.
According to The Porterville Recorder,
“Linda Wammack, Porterville development associate, said that the city has learned the HCD is not issuing any final designations at the direction of the governor’s office.”
Wammack said there are nine jurisdictions in a conditionally designated status, two of which have been conditionally designated since 2007, four since 2009, and three since 2010.
“We’re all in limbo,” she said. “We’re all trying to come together for the governor to allow HCD to authorize our documents.”
Now, I don’t really know if Governor Brown is feeling grumpy about all this or not. It was just this past January that he proposed eliminating the state’s enterprise zone program completely. He lost that political battle . . . maybe he just needs more time to get over it.