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County wins Hwy. 12 ruling

In a final ruling Monday, a Sacramento County superior court judge sided with Sonoma County in a suit against the state that allows the county to re-enter into construction contracts for the unfinished Highway 12 project in the Springs and the planned Roseland shopping center in Santa Rosa.

Judge Eugene Balonon issued a preliminary ruling last month that basically said the county was in the right to include the two former redevelopment projects as enforceable obligations.

Even though it’s an apparent victory, the state has 60 days, after all the paperwork has been filed, to request an appeal – something 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin expects to happen.

The state’s Department of Finance had disallowed the new contracts for the two projects on several occasions. The original contracts were voided when the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state in December 2011, and dissolved the more than 300 redevelopment agencies statewide.

The county’s Successor Agency re-entered into the contracts according to the letter of the law, but the state thought otherwise and the county sued.

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