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Jerry Brown's fiscal acumen

We've been telling you all along--unlike the wishful fishwraps--that Jerry Brown would hammer redevelopment agencies and their elastic budgets once he became Governor. Say, here, on December 17:

So I am looking elsewhere, mostly to Sacto, where real things appear to be happening. I can only say, watch as Jerry Brown and this legislature clean the clocks of unaware municipalities. (The fact that we have the first Governor since Wilson who actually knows how a redevelopment agency works is a minor miracle.) It's already happening in education and it will soon happen at urban renewal agencies. This, to me, is exciting, it is news, it is the future. Serial killers, 605-corridor corruption, the tweaking of the charter movement is not.

Now, others are catching up. Today, day one of the Brown era, he proposes to go beyond hammer. He proposes to decimate. To me, this was an obvious grab, one the previous three Governors didn't have an adequate understanding of government to attempt to implement. And one that catches local editors, too busy settling petty scores to cover news adequately, completely by surprise.

Brown won't eliminate redevelopment agencies, but he'll grab more indexed tax revenue than thought possible. This will shift some bursar authority back to county governments and away from municipalities.

Jerry Brown should be pleasing some Republicans with this. He is definitely pleasing enlightened Democrats, who know what's really wrong.