Mayors Sit Down With Governor Brown
They talked about a host of issues including prison realignment, high speed rail and the governor’s proposed Delta water project.
Mayor Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana says they may have found some common ground on the controversial Enterprise Zone tax credit:
“He’s talking about looking at specific cases where maybe we can consider high unemployment in certain areas within our cities and continue to have that as a tool for us versus just wiping the whole thing out.”
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says the talks were positive even if everyone didn’t agree:
“All of it relates to all of us, but the water issue -that was a top, important issues for the Governor. I don’t quite see that in the same light that he does when you’re talking about the Delta and water and going to Southern California.”
Los Angeles Mayor–elect Eric Garcetti says more pension reform is needed, even after last year’s legislation:
“If we do not address this problem and look at this with seriousness –and I think this group of mayors wants to help the Governor and the state legislature continue to do that, we will see deficits balloon in coming years.”
The mayors thanked the governor for a balanced budget that doesn’t use local revenues and that increases some medical benefits.