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The next California budget will contain $2.5 million to renovate Sacramento's historic governor's mansion, which has longstanding structural and maintenance problems.

The Legislature's budget conference committee added the money Thursday afternoon, one of many items the panel acted on to flesh out a spending package still being finalized by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders.

The $2.5 million will come from the proceeds of the sale of a Carmichael home built for then-Gov. Ronald Reagan. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were the last to live at the 137-year-old downtown mansion, before decamping for a home in the Fab 40's after Nancy Reagan deemed the mansion and surrounding area to be unsafe.

Brown, when he was governor from 1975 to 1983, lived in an apartment across from the Capitol. Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis lived at a modest house in Carmichael, and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lived out of a suitcase at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento or flew home to Southern California. Brown, since returning to the Capitol, has split his time between a midtown apartment and his home in the Oakland hills.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by his wife Ann Gust Brown, walk from the governor's mansion in midtown Sacramento to meet with reporters the evening of the June 3 primary election. The Sacramento Bee/Jose Luis Villegas



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