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June 27, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown issued nearly two dozen line-item vetoes on Thursday but left overall spending almost entirely intact. The single largest change in the budget was a $30-million cut to special education. The Legislature wanted the money as part of a plan to ensure all special education students receive the same amount of funding from the state. However, Brown said the plan would be too pricey in the long run, with costs reaching $300 million in future years. The governor also reduced preschool funding by $5 million.
June 27, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Orange County Congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine) announced Thursday that he will retire when his term expires, continuing the large turnover in the state's House delegation. "At the end of this term, I will have spent 14 years serving in full-time elected politics," the conservative Republican said in a written statement. "I am not nor did I ever intend to be a career politician. I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life. " His term ends Jan. 3, 2015. Campbell, 57, was first elected to the House in 2005 to succeed Christopher Cox, who resigned to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission.
June 18, 2013 | By James Rainey
Outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday gave one of his most specific hints about his continuing interest in running for California governor -- telling KPCC radio host Larry Mantle that he wants the job and expects to run one day. "You mentioned governor -- look, I believe in public service, I want to run for governor. In fact, I fully expect that I will," Villaraigosa said. "I'm going to tell you something. I will never have a job like this. This city has given me more than I could have ever hoped for. " Villaraigosa, who leaves office June 30, did not talk about timing, though he has indicated before he would not run against Gov. Jerry Brown, a fellow Democrat, who will be up for a second term next year.
May 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The graduation rates of UC students came under more scrutiny Wednesday as Gov. Jerry Brown urged administrators and faculty to prod more undergraduates to earn a degree in four years, not six. Brown recently proposed giving UC and Cal State more funds if they increase their graduation rates by 10% by 2017. UC leaders have said that is an admirable but unreasonable goal and that such issues as students' outside employment and their desire to take double majors slow them down.
April 14, 2013 | By Anthony York
GUANGZHOU, China -- It's easy to feel good traveling through China with Gov. Jerry Brown this week.  Multimillion-dollar business deals between Chinese and California companies have been announced, and cooperation on environmental policy is pledged at every turn from top Communist Party and California officials. At night, the state is celebrated at lavish dinners where the California wine flows freely. Brown says his trip here is a first step toward improved relations between California and China that will be mutually beneficial for both.
March 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Arnold Schwarzenegger is mourning the death of fitness impresario Joe Weider, who died Saturday at 93, calling Weider his mentor and the "godfather of fitness. " "He taught us that through hard work and training we could all be champions," Schwarzenegger, a Mr. Universe- and Mr. Olympia-winning former bodybuilder turned actor and former California governor, said in a statement released Saturday. "When I was a young boy in Austria, his muscle magazines provided me with the inspiration and the blueprint to push myself beyond my limits and imagine a much bigger future," he said.
February 13, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown is making good on his Super Bowl wager. After the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, the California governor was on the hook to send Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley a copy of "California: The Great Exception" by Carey McWilliams. Brown made the wager via Twitter, and his spokesman confirmed Tuesday that, indeed, the book is in the mail. Brown sent O'Malley a first edition of the book, purchased from Bibliomania in downtown Oakland.
February 8, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Citizenville How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government Gavin Newsom with Lisa Dickey Penguin Press: 272 pp., $25.95 California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has a lot more time on his hands than he used to. When he was San Francisco mayor, from 2004 to '11, Newsom was busy, busy, busy. He (briefly) legalized gay marriage. He helped reform the city's generous welfare cash payment program. He worked on universal healthcare. His messy personal life provided endless fodder for a mercilessly snarky local press.
January 8, 2013 | By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A combative Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday declared that "the prison crisis is over in California" and demanded an end to years of intervention by federal judges and expensive edicts designed to reduce crowding and improve inmate healthcare. "At some point, the job's done," Brown said at a Capitol news conference before catching a plane for Los Angeles, where he repeated the message. "We spent billions of dollars" complying with the court orders, the governor said. "It is now time to return control of our prison system to California.
November 18, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - There's a strange atmosphere in Sacramento. It's as if there has just been a gubernatorial election and the incumbent has decisively won another term. All hail the governor. The people have reaffirmed their confidence in his leadership. His contract has been renewed. That's only the mind playing tricks, of course. Gov. Jerry Brown merely won passage of a tax increase - and one that was about the easiest imaginable for voters to swallow. Only the top 1% or so will be nailed with the higher income tax rates.
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