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Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes financial help for four young cities

September 20, 2012 |  8:42 am

Getprev Gov. Jerry Brown has given a thumbs-down to the Legislature’s plan to provide some financial assistance to four relatively new cities in Southern California.

Assemblywoman Wilmer Carter (D-Rialto) had won legislative approval of a bill that would have given $18 million in vehicle license fee revenue to the cities of Jurupa Valley, Menifee, Wildomar and Eastvale.

Carter said a like amount of money had been redirected by the state to law enforcement grants at a time when the fledgling cities needed it to make their budgets.

Brown vetoed AB 1098 late Wednesday, saying it would have knocked the state's own budget out of whack. The bill, he wrote in his veto, "would jeopardize dollars for local public safety programs, provides cities new funding beyond what existed under previous law and would create a hole in the (state) General Fund to the tune of $18 million."

"Given the current fiscal uncertainties, this is not acceptable," Brown added.

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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

Photo: California Gov. Jerry Brown last week at a press event. On Wednesday he vetoed a bill to provide financial assistance to four relatively new cities. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.

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