California budget

Governor Jerry Brown may help City Hall attain one of its key legislative objectives this year: Reclaiming the right to use property taxes to help finance the redevelopment of Alameda Point.

In a budget plan released Thursday, Brown began backtracking off his 2011 elimination of the state’s redevelopment program by offering to expand the use of existing special districts that allow cities to leverage future property taxes for military base reuse.

California’s new $96.3 billion state budget may offer Alameda some glimmers of good news, with increased funding for schools, social services and community colleges for the first time in years.

Perhaps the biggest story involves the budget’s impact on public schools, which will see major changes in the way state school funding is being allocated – and if all goes according to plan, the eventual restoration and return of billions of dollars in payments that were cut or deferred over the past five years.