Villaraigosa Doubles Down on Bringing Back Redevelopment for Cities in San Diego Campaign Stop

The loss of more than 400 redevelopment agencies across California dealt a massive blow to cities and counties in 2012. Now, former Los Angeles mayor and candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa says he wants to bring them back.

Villaraigosa doubled down on that promise this weekend during a campaign stop in San Diego, where he’s not yet a household name (it’s pronounced veeya-ray-gosa, people).

“I will go to the Legislature and say that we’re bringing it back. I want to partner with you,” Villaraigosa told KUSI’s Sasha Foo. "I’m going to organize mayors and council members from around the state to say we want our money back.”

Villaraigosa also discussed California’s gas tax, homelessness, and housing.

Check out the interview here