LA Hearing Feb. 12 on EZ Program Reforms

The CA Department of Housing and Community Development is holding a series of hearings – including one in LA on February 12 – on proposed statewide reforms to the California Enterprise Zone Program – please consider submitting written comments and/or attending one of these key hearings to help shape the future of the vital EZ program.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Ronald Reagan Building
300 South Spring Street, Suite 1726
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Read more about the issue here. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. notes that the proposed reform themes right now are:

1.    Increasing voucher application fees

2.    Eliminating retroactive vouchering

3.    Streamlining vouchering for hard-to-hire categories (e.g., veterans, disabled, etc.)

4.    Eliminating self-certification for voucher applications

5.    Collecting additional data about program

6.    Creating audit procedures

For detailed information about each of the proposals, go here.

To see the state’s rationale behind these reforms, the Initial Statement of Reasons can be found here. For reference, the LAEDC memo regarding PPIC’s methodology in their Enterprise Zone Study (a study which is sourced to support one of the first “problems with enterprise zones”) can be found here.

Also, here are links to studies that have shown enterprise zones having a positive impact:

WRITTEN COMMENT PERIOD

Any interested person, or his or her authorized representative, may submit written comments relevant to the proposed rulemaking action to the Department. The written comment period began January 11, 2013 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2013.

Please address your e-mail comments to: Colin Parent at ezregcomments@hcd.ca.gov.

Written comments can also be sent via mail to:

Enterprise Zone Program
Department of Housing and Community Development
P.O. Box 942054
Sacramento, CA 94252-2054,

Written comments are encouraged, but not required, to be submitted on this comment template.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Los Angeles - Tuesday, February 12, 2013
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ronald Reagan Building
300 South Spring Street, Suite 1726
Los Angeles, CA  90013

 

San Diego - Wednesday, February 13, 2013
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Liberty Station Conference Center, Barracks 17
2590 Truxton Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106

Oakland - Wednesday, February 20, 2013
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Elihu M. Harris Building
1515 Clay St. Room 1
Oakland, CA 94612

 

Sacramento - Thursday, February 28, 2013
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Department of Housing
1800 Third Street
Rooms 183-185
Sacramento, CA 95811

At the hearings, any person may present statements or arguments orally or in writing relevant to the proposed action described in the Informative Digest. The Department requests but does not require that persons who make oral comments at the hearing also submit a written copy of their testimony at the hearing.

QUESTIONS?

Inquiries concerning the substance of the proposed rulemaking action, as well as request for the documents noted should be directed to:

Colin Parent
Director of External Affairs
Department of Housing and Community Development
1800 Third Street, Suite 450
Sacramento, California 95814
Telephone (916) 445-4775
Fax: (916) 324-5107
E-mail:
cparent@hcd.ca.gov