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.

John Myers Reports Via Tweet from Guv’s Pitch to Cal Cities on Cutting Their Redevelopment $ 19 January,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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