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Jerry Brown as Mayor? May Not Be Farfetched

June 22, 1997

Re "Ready for the Small Time" (May 19): Political reporter Mark Barabak's profile of former Gov. Jerry Brown is done with his usual deftness.

However, it's hardly accurate to describe Jerry Brown's presidential campaigns as increasingly feeble. His '92 campaign won a half-dozen states and left him the runner-up for the Democratic presidential nomination.

More to the point, it perfectly forecast the agonies of corruption that the system is now undergoing in Washington.




What Jerry Brown needs to realize is that he must run for mayor of Oakland, and win. That is the only way his Green Plan for Oakland will ever be implemented. As a resident of the village Green (formerly Baldwin Hills Village) in Los Angeles, I have studied the lives and works of the New Deal architects Robert Alexander and Clarence Stein, whose designs from the 1920s to the 1950s incorporate many of the ideals Brown's Green Plan for Oakland seeks to embody.

One thing I learned from my study is that progressive forces must "legislate, legislate, legislate" (as Newt Gingrich and the congressional Republicans have been doing since 1994 to implement their "contract with America") if they hope to realize their goals. And the only way they can do that is to win political office.


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