On December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court delivered its decision in the California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos case, finding ABx1 26 (the "Dissolution Act") largely constitutional and AB1x 27 (the “Alternative Redevelopment Program Act”) unconstitutional. The Court’s bifurcated decision resulted in all California redevelopment agencies, including the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Hercules, to be dissolved under the constitutional Dissolution Act, and none will have the opportunity to opt into continued existence under the unconstitutional Alternative Redevelopment Program Act.
As the Hercules Redevelopment Agency was to be dissolved on February 1, 2012, on January 10, 2012, the City Council adopted Resolution 12-005, electing to serve as the Successor Agency to the City of Hercules Redevelopment Agency. All non-housing funds and assets were then turned over to the successor agency who is charged with the responsibility of paying off the former Redevelopment Agency's existing debts, disposing of the former Redevelopment Agency's properties and assets to help pay off debts and return revenues to the local government entities that receive property taxes, and winding up the affairs of the former Redevelopment Agency. The City elected not to retain the Redevelopment Agency's affordable housing assets, other than its existing housing fund balance, and were turned over to the County, as successor housing agency, to continue to perform affordable housing activities. The former Redevelopment Agency's affordable housing fund balance will be used to repay existing housing fund debts and/or remitted to the County Auditor-Controller for distribution to the Taxing Entities.
An Oversight Board consisting of seven representatives selected by the County, the City and various local education districts, is charged with overseeing the activities of the Successor Agency. The Oversight Board does not have a regular meeting schedule. To date, they have met on an as needed basis. To view a list of agendas and meeting-related documents, please visit the Meetings and Agendas page of the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) section of the City's website.