John Myers Reports Via Tweet from Guv’s Pitch to Cal Cities on Cutting Their Redevelopment $

John Myers, our Sacramento Bureau Chief, just finished tweeting from today’s meeting between Jerry Brown and local officials with the League of California Cities. Brown pitched them on his plan to shift local redevelopment funds to help close the huge budget deficit. As Myers says, calling them opponents of the plan would be an “understatement.”

As reported today, cities all over California are maneuvering to protect the funds before the well runs dry…

Some tweets of note:

Brown opens with jokes to city leaders. “You look a little hungry,” he says. » Gov. Brown on nixxing redevelopment: says it was originally “slum clearance.” » “We’re short on money..if you can redraw another way,” says Brown, “go ahead.”

» “If we don’t do redevelopment, then what do we do? Cut more from schools?” says Gov. Brown. » And in true Jerry Brown fashion, he strolls out of the cities event, across the street in front of construction crews, and back into Capitol

Update 4:35 p.m.: Myers now has a post up about the event.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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