San Francisco Redevelopment Agency closure to cut 40 jobs 

Employees of the now-defunct San Francisco Redevelopment Agency received answers this week about their jobs, after the elimination of the revitalization program.

Tiffany Bohee, the agency’s executive director, told a Board of Supervisors committee Tuesday that 56 full-time employees of the agency will be retained by The City in other departments and 40 will be let go.

Bohee has said in the past that any laid-off employees also could seek city jobs elsewhere. Redevelopment staff members told supervisors there is still “great uncertainty” over which projects state leaders will consider “enforceable obligations” that are still eligible for funding because they were under contract before the elimination late last year.

A list of approved projects is expected to be known by The City in 10 days, when more will be known about the exact responsibilities of the redevelopment employees, Bohee said. Supervisor Jane Kim said the difficulty in obtaining those answers has been “frustrating.”

The agency once led development projects in targeted areas by identifying them as blighted and then obtaining funding from the state based on the prospect of future tax revenue from the revamped sites.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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