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Big 10 statement on State Legislature’s budget vote

Joint statement from the mayors of California’s 10 largest cities, including Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, on the Legislature’s budget vote that took place yesterday:

Leaders in Sacramento yesterday took a backhand to the residents of California by failing to craft a legal and sustainable budget. Instead of seeking to protect our communities and the hard-working people of this state, legislators relied on gimmicks in order to protect their own paychecks.

Their so-called remedy for the State’s deficit is an illegal and indefensible shakedown of our cities. Over the past several months, we have pro-actively worked with State leaders to create sound alternatives that keep redevelopment alive and solve the state’s budget problems. But rather than create sensible, long-term solutions for California’s dismal financial problems, they sought to recklessly raid local tax dollars and kill redevelopment—our strongest, local tool to revitalize the economy and create jobs now.

As Mayors of the 10 largest cities in the State, we condemn these short sighted actions. Despite Sacramento’s failure, we will continue to fight to save quality job training, urban revitalization, job opportunities, and affordable housing for residents across California.

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