Oct. 19, 2011 | The California Supreme Court announced Wednesday it will begin oral arguments Nov. 10 over a the state’s right to eliminate local redevelopment agencies.

The lawsuit filed by the League of California Cities asserts Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to eliminate the redevelopment unless cities are willing to contribute $1.7 billion next year is unconstitutional and violates the voter-approved Proposition 22, which forbids balancing the state budget with borrowing from local jurisdictions.

The contentious legal fight is of utmost importance to many municipalities who continue to grapple excruciating budget cuts just to maintain public services amid troubling economic times.

The state is slated to begin receiving the first installment of redevelopment dollars in January. The behest of the League of California Cities, the Court agreed to expedite a ruling on the matter. Regardless of the outcome, nearly all East Bay cities have reluctantly approved making the controversial payments to continue the work of its redevelopment agencies.

Anti-Sacramento denunciation have become commonplace at local City Halls. The mayor and city manager of Hayward routinely rail against Sacramento’s penchant for local money-grabs. Hayward City Manager Fran David went as far as to characterize Brown’s plan “ransom.”

Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney, on numerous occasions, has put the blame for approving the redevelopment legislation, squarely on the heads of its local representatives, State Sen. Ellen Corbett and Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi.

Oral arguments begin Nov. 10, 9 a.m. at the Earl Warren Building and Courthouse in San Francisco.