**FILE** California Attorney General Jerry Brown speaks at a news conference in this Feb. 1, 2007 file photo, in San Francisco. Nearly four decades after entering California politics, Brown has reinvented himself yet again, this time as a carbon-fighting attorney general. In less than a year as California's top law enforcement official, the former governor, presidential candidate and Oakland mayor has emerged as a major player in the national debate on global warming. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
If you want an illustration of how redevelopment agencies are little more than giant slush funds for local governments, check out Jessica Garrison's story in today's Los Angeles Times. It's full of examples of cities that have used redevelopment money -- illegally, in some cases, or questionably, in others -- for salaries and other expenses.
Brown's budget may not be failing to gain political traction, but his push to eliminate redevelopment agencies looks like a policy winner.