What would a review of San Francisco’s redevelopment agency turn up? 

Mayor Ed Lee has a lot of confidence in San Francisco’s redevelopment agency — which may be a lot easier when you aren’t part of a scathing statewide review receiving a lot of attention this week.

Lee pointed out state Controller John Chiang during a speech at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday, and said the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency has always been a model of good spending. He referred to a state controller’s report that blasted several redevelopment agencies for wasting taxpayer funds, including millions to refurbish a luxury golf course in Palm Desert.

“We are not the wrong agency,” Lee said. “We are not the ones that you’ve heard stories about throughout the state that may have done a lot of abusive things.”

The problem is that The City was never included in the compliance review that was released this week, so it’s hard to say if San Francisco is a model agency or not.

That review only looked at 18 agencies throughout the state for a “fast and dirty turnaround,” and San Francisco was not included, said state controller spokeswoman Hallye Jordan.

Lee is calling Gov. Jerry Brown to, at the very least, include language in his proposal to scrap the Redevelopment Agency that would preserve money that has already been earmarked for projects on Treasure Island and in Hunters Point.

That’s $250 million and 10,000 jobs down the drain, according to Lee, who called on business leaders to support him in keeping those projects alive.

The state legislature is expected to vote on Brown’s plan as early as next week.


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