Article 3. Actions Involving Public Agencies of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 24. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 5. >> Article 3.
(a) A redevelopment agency shall not, either directly or
indirectly, use its funds to file or maintain an action or proceeding
in either of the following circumstances:
(1) Against a public agency that does not have jurisdiction to
conduct its governmental activities within the jurisdiction of the
(2) The subject matter of the action involves real property
outside the jurisdictional boundaries of the redevelopment agency.
(b) The prohibition in subdivision (a) shall not preclude a
redevelopment agency from using its funds to:
(1) Defend itself against any action.
(2) File or maintain an action against a public agency or private
entity regarding the interpretation or enforcement of a written
agreement between the redevelopment agency and that public agency or
(c) No funds of a redevelopment agency shall be loaned or granted
to any person, corporation, or public agency to finance, in whole or
in part, an action the financing of which by a redevelopment agency
is prohibited by subdivision (a). In addition, a redevelopment agency
shall not borrow funds from its community or any other source to
file or maintain an action which is prohibited by subdivision (a).
(d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a community from filing
or maintaining an action on behalf of the community and its
redevelopment agency as long as funds of the redevelopment agency are
not used, either directly or indirectly, on behalf of the lawsuit.
(e) For purposes of this article:
(1) "Finance" includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the
payment of filing fees, attorneys' fees, service fees, expert witness
fees, consultants' fees, or any other expenses or costs incurred in
connection with an action.
(2) "Public agency" includes a local agency as defined in Section
54951 of the Government Code and includes a joint powers agency or
authority and a redevelopment agency.