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L.A. Today: Budget, Villaraigosa, And More

Andrew Khouri |
March 30, 2011 | 7:59 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Gov. Jerry Brown has halted negotiations over the budget, releasing a statement Tuesday placing the blame on Republicans for demanding too much in return. It is not known how Democrats plan to move forward. Brown had hoped to rely on closing the remainder of the deficit with voter-approved tax extensions, but he needed Republican votes to get those on the ballot. The Legislature also cannot raise taxes or fees without Republican votes. 

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times simply saying: "We will use the power of our majority."

A wave farm off of San Onofre? Federal regulators have granted a Fountain Valley company the go-head to study the idea, the L.A. Times reports.  That has surfers, fisherman, and others angry over possible negative effects.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington D.C. today to promote his 30/10 plan, or as he now calls it: America Fast Forward, hoping to show the feds not only Los Angeles can benefit.  Check out Neon Tommy’s coverage here.

The basic idea is leveraging local money to receive loans from the federal government so transit projects can be completed faster. A press conference is scheduled for later today with congressional, business, and union leaders. 

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