Live Blog: Gov. Jerry Brown in San Diego

Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to make the case for his proposed package of spending cuts and tax increases when he speaks at a luncheon in San Diego Thursday.

Brown acknowledged his proposals were unpopular as he delivered his State of the State address Wednesday but said they were necessary to close a $9.2 billion budget gap.

“In a world still reeling from the near collapse of the financial system, it makes no sense to spend more than we have,” Brown said, adding that prudence and paying down the state’s debt are the best policies.

His proposed initiative to increase taxes “will protect our schools and guarantee—in the constitution—funding for the public safety programs we transferred to local government,” Brown said.

Thursday’s event at the San Diego Hall of Champions will be hosted by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, The City Club of San Diego and the Independent Voter Network.

Click on the box above to follow Patch’s live coverage of the speech.