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September 17, 2013 | By Anthony York
Linda Ronstadt's new memoir recounts her decades-long career in music and chronicles her current battle with Parkinson's disease. But the autobiography of the former Stone Poney's frontwoman is also peppered with references to her former beau, Gov. Jerry Brown. Ronstadt recounts a time during the winter of 1979 when she was “keeping company” with the then-41-year-old governor when a series of winter storms threatened to wipe out her Malibu Colony home. “The newspapers had begun to speculate on whether the governor was going to spend state money to protect his girlfriend's house,” Ronstadt writes.
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April 24, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has both Democrats and Republicans on board with the broad outlines of his plan for stockpiling some cash and paying off debt. But as the special legislative session Brown called on the issue opened Thursday, it was clear that, as lawmakers like to say, the devil could be in the details. Republicans, whose votes the Democratic governor needs to place his measure on the fall ballot, want tighter controls on the reserve fund than the governor has proposed.
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September 13, 1985 | Jerry Gillam, Times Staff Writer
Vetoed a bill (AB 2384) by Assemblyman Byron D. Sher (D-Palo Alto) to expand the grounds for appeal to the California Coastal Commission for certain development projects that were issued permits by local governments. Assembly Floor Action: Earthquakes: Approved on a 59-0 vote a bill (SB 548) by Sen. Alfred E. Alquist (D-San Jose) to require the Seismic Safety Commission to prepare a program to increase the level of earthquake preparedness statewide by the year 2000.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
It's the question on the minds of many in Los Angeles' film community: Does Gov. Jerry Brown get how badly the state's film and TV industry has been squeezed by runaway production? Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development, offered some reassuring words to film commissioners and industry executives who gathered in Hollywood on Thursday for an annual breakfast hosted by the California Film Commission. Rajan stopped short of saying whether Brown would rally behind a bill winding through the Assembly that would significantly expand California's film and TV tax credit program, which allocates $100 million annually but is due to run out of funds next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2010
Among the new proposals outlined by the governor in his State of the State speech Wednesday: A $500-million jobs creation package that would fund worker training and payments to companies that hire new employees. A $10,000 tax break for first-time home buyers. Buyers of both new and existing homes would be eligible. A sales tax credit for green technology companies, such as those that produce solar panels, for purchase of manufacturing equipment. Fast-tracking major public works projects.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- The Senate sent to the governor a bill sponsored by California biotech companies that would require pharmacists to notify doctors when patients are given a so-called biosimilar drug. Such medicines are used as lower-cost substitutes for biological drugs made from human blood, serums, bacterial cultures, viruses and other microorganisms. Although not identical, the biosimilars are designed to produce similar effects on human health. The bill passed on a 30-2 tally late Wednesday.
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
TAMPA, Fla. -- The nation's first female Latino governor introduced herself on the national stage at the Republican convention to a largely responsive hall. Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico pitched the GOP brand as she told of growing up in a border town to become a prosecutor, district attorney and governor. "This is America," she said in English before flipping to Spanish. "Y en America todo es posible. " The first-term governor was given a a prime-time slot at the convention as the GOP struggles to boost its standing among Latino voters.
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April 22, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Alarmed by the cost of holding special elections whenever a vacancy occurs in the Legislature, a state panel on Tuesday endorsed putting a measure before voters that would allow the governor to appoint people to fill empty seats. Los Angeles County has held 20 special elections since 2008 at a cost of $27 million, County Clerk Dean Logan told the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. Turnout in many special elections is as low as 12%. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
NEWS
May 30, 2013 | By Irfan Khan
Nine-year-old Siena Lorraine makes an impassioned plea in front of Gov. Jerry Brown's office during an anti-fracking protest. Anti-fracking filmmaker Josh Fox joined farmers, public health professionals as well as environmental and consumer organizations urging the governor to ban fracking in California.  
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April 11, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
HONOLULU  - For political and emotional drama, it's hard to top this: U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, the most beloved and respected figure in Hawaii state history, makes a death-bed request to name his successor in Washington. But the governor, a fellow Democrat who has clashed with Inouye, spurns the dying senator's plea and appoints his own lieutenant governor to the seat. The result, playing out more than a year later,  is a closely fought and emotionally wrought primary battle between the novice senator, Brian Schatz, and Inouye's choice, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa:  a Democrat-on-Democrat fight tinged with ethnic and generational tension and haunted, inevitably, by the ghost of Inouye and his last wish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Alarmed by the cost of holding special elections whenever a vacancy occurs in the Legislature, a state panel on Tuesday endorsed putting a measure before voters that would allow the governor to appoint people to fill empty seats. Los Angeles County has held 20 special elections since 2008 at a cost of $27 million, County Clerk Dean Logan told the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. Turnout in many special elections is as low as 12%. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
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April 22, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Saying that better schools are critical for California's prosperity, GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari proposes changing the way education is funded, making traditional schools more like charters and increasing online learning. "We must reject the status quo," the former U.S. Treasury official says in a 33-page policy paper set for release Tuesday. He calls for money to be sent directly to the state's 10,000 public schools rather than to their districts. He would throw out much of the state's education code, which governs the operation of schools, and effectively allow most schools to operate under the same rules as charters.
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April 20, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - High-stakes bargaining is about to begin in California's Capitol. As the weather heats up in Sacramento every year, so does the intensity. There'll be bartering over wonky programs and policies that for most citizens would be snooze-inducing. But for Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders, it's about political positioning, agenda attaining and legacy building. The political leaders have been laying their demands and wish lists on the negotiating table in recent days while most lawmakers were off on spring break.
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April 18, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Soon after Jerry Brown was elected governor in 2010, he invited the state's top budget official, Ana Matosantos, to lunch at his office. He had just two months to prepare his first plan for tackling California's $26-billion deficit. He asked his assistant to fetch the budget director a sandwich. Then, Matosantos said, the incoming governor of one of the world's largest economies ate a single hard-boiled egg, sprinkled with salt. Brown's dietary discipline was a hint of the regimented approach he would take to California's staggering financial problems, which he had promised to fix by pushing the state back into the black.
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April 18, 2014 | By Paige St. John
This post has been updated. See the note below for details. SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced pardons of 63 criminals on Friday, tying the clemency decisions to Good Friday. They follow 314 pardons released at Christmas and Easter since Brown resumed office in 2011. The list includes Clark Guest, who was 38 when convicted of stealing from his landlord in the 1990s to support a drug addiction. Guest now supervises drug addiction clinics for the San Luis Obispo courts, the very same program he went through as an offender and that he credits for saving his life then.
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April 16, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Raising the stakes in his campaign to strengthen California's finances, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the state Legislature for next week to consider a new plan to save money and pay off state debt, an election-year pitch that he must make to lawmakers without the benefit of a Democratic supermajority. Brown's proposal is aimed at cushioning the state against recessions and calming its turbulent fiscal waters. It would require Sacramento to capture spikes in revenue and either save the money to prevent budget cuts during a downturn or pay off debt and cover long-term liabilities such as public pensions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Anthony York
Later this week, Jerry Brown will become the longest-serving governor in California history - surpassing the record previously set by Republican Earl Warren, who left in the middle of his third term to serve as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The milestone also puts Brown among the top 50 longest-serving American governors, according to a list compiled by the University of Minnesota. The longest-serving governor in American history is Terry Branstad, the current governor of Iowa, who is now serving his fifth term.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Left-leaning political talk show host Cenk Uygur has raised $4 million to expand his digital video company the Young Turks Network, and the money comes from a seemingly unlikely source: Republican Buddy Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana. Roemer's private equity fund, Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., is providing $4 million in seed financing with an option to go up to $8 million, which the network plans to use to expand its reach through Internet streaming, local television and international syndication deals.
NEWS
April 15, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Four days after questioning a deathbed letter at the center of Hawaii's heated U.S. Senate race, Gov. Neil Abercrombie apologized to the widow of its ascribed author, the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, and others he offended. But he stuck to his key assertion Inouye told him the choice of a successor was his alone to make. "I apologize to the late Sen. Inouye, his wife, Irene, his family, friends, and former staff for the comments I made concerning the letter," Abercrombie said in a statement issued late Monday.
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