Gov. Brown to Speak at L.A. Live Thursday

Brown is expected to reiterate his call to place a five-year extension of tax increases on the ballot

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    Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to discuss his proposal to eliminate the state budget deficit when he makes his first public appearance in the Los Angeles area since being sworn in last month.

    Brown is scheduled to speak Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce's 122nd annual Inaugural Dinner at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live.

    He is expected to echo the themes he presented in the State of the State speech.

    Brown is expected to reiterate his call to the legislature to place a five-year extension of tax increases initially adopted in 2009 on a special election ballot, eliminate redevelopment agencies and make cuts to the budget to eliminate the $25 billion deficit.

    Brown has yet to publicly win any Republican support to get the two- thirds vote required to place the tax increase extension on the ballot, and many mayors, including Los Angeles' Antonio Villaraigosa, and other local government officials have opposed the plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies.