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1. Jerry Brown wants to eliminate local redevelopment agencies as part of his plan to close the state’s $28 billion budget gap, the Sacramento Bee reports. The plan also would kill Oakland’s proposal for a new ballpark for the A’s in Jack London Square, because the stadium project requires redevelopment money for land acquisition and infrastructure upgrades. Under Brown’s proposal, local redevelopment agencies, which are designed to transform blighted urban areas, would cease to exist. Oakland has numerous redevelopment areas, and Brown used them to help revitalize parts of the city when he was mayor. It’s unclear whether Brown’s proposal would require voter approval. He also is proposing to eliminate “enterprise zones” — depressed areas where businesses receive tax breaks.