SAN FRANCISCO - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders late Monday agreed to close the state's $26.3 billion budget deficit with a combination of spending cuts, local government funds, and accounting gimmicks that drew protests from across the state.

Beyond that, the details of the plan remained fuzzy yesterday, as lawmakers' staff worked to write the final bills and the state's treasurer and controller withheld judgment as to whether the agreement will truly balance the budget.

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