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The mayors of nine of California's largest cities are meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown this afternoon to urge him not to ax redevelopment agencies, as he's proposed.

They'll follow the 2 p.m. meeting with a press conference on the Capitol's west steps at 3 p.m.

Expected to be on hand: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as well as Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco, Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose, Mayor Ashley Swearengin of Fresno, Mayor Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana, Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego, and Mayor Tom Tait of Anaheim.

To add some hard numbers to the debate, Controller John Chiang launched a review of 18 agencies earlier this week to look at how they spend their money, how much their officials are getting paid, and how they determine whether a property is "blighted."

Agencies under review include those in Los Angeles, Fresno, San Jose, Sacramento County and Citrus Heights.

Also under the dome, the Assembly Accountability Committee looks at prison health care costs, which grew to $2.2 billion in the fiscal year that ended in mid-2010.

Representatives of the Legislative Analyst's Office and the Bureau of State Audits will appear before the committee, as will Receiver J. Clark Kelso. That meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 437.

And a Senate budget subcommittee looks at proposed cuts to Medi-Cal, including adult day health care programs, drawing senior advocates including Lydia Missaelides, executive director of the California Association for Adult Day Services. That meeting runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Capitol's Room 4203.

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