By David Siders
Published: Friday, Jun. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 24, 2011 – 12:37 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown is using private donations to pay the $3,000 monthly rent at his Sacramento loft, officials said Thursday, an arrangement similar to that of his predecessors.

The Governor’s Residence Foundation of California declined to say how much it has raised or from whom, but it said it will make those records public annually starting in January.

“The governor’s expenses are so low, and he is so cheap, that it’s a very modest amount of money when you get down to it,” said George Kieffer, president of the foundation.

He said, “We’re covering the expenses so far, and I think we’ll be able to do that throughout the year.”

California is one of five states without a permanent governor’s residence, and governors since Gov. Ronald Reagan have relied on outside foundations to pay for their housing in Sacramento.

The foundation Brown is using is the same nonprofit Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used to pay for his presidential suite at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. In later years he flew home most nights, at his own expense, to Brentwood.

Brown famously lived in an apartment on N Street when he was governor before, from 1975 to 1983. He and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, now stay in an upscale, one-bedroom loft at 16th and J streets, across from Memorial Auditorium. They also maintain their $1.8 million Oakland home.

The historic governor’s mansion, at 16th and H streets, has been vacant since 1967. Brown refused when he was governor before to move into a new governor’s mansion in Carmichael, and it was later sold.

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