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March 19, 1995
It's easy to sit home and take potshots at a public figure like Jerry Lewis (Letters, March 5 and 12). You may not like him as an entertainer. And you may disapprove of aspects of his personal life. But few others have brought smiles and laughter to as many children and adults as Mr. Lewis, and dedicated as much time and effort to a charitable cause, as has Mr. Lewis. If he is a "World Class Egomaniac," as reader Douglas McEwan claims, it's OK with me--he's earned the right. H. STEPHEN DEMPSEY Thousand Oaks
April 25, 2014 | Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- With every part of California suffering from the drought, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a new executive order on Friday in an attempt to provide some relief from the persistent dry conditions across the state. Brown's actions run the gamut from suspending some environmental regulations to asking restaurants to stop serving diners water unless they ask for it. He also ordered homeowners associations to stop fining residents for failing to water their lawns. During a speech at an environmental sustainability conference in Brentwood, Brown said he was calling on all Californians and municipal water agencies “to do everything humanly possible to conserve.” “Our fire seasons are longer, and the dry season is upon us, so we have to take renewed vigilance,” he said.
November 3, 1997
What's this? Another "new" Jerry Brown (Oct. 29), reinventing himself to run for mayor of Oakland? He's fast becoming the Democrat version of Richard Nixon--only not as sincere. BURT WILSON Simi Valley
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed as head of California's political ethics agency a judge who has overseen the discipline of attorneys. Jodi Remke, presiding judge of the State Bar Court of California, is Brown's choice for chairwoman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Her appointment fills a void created six months ago when Chairwoman Ann Ravel moved to the Federal Elections Commission. Good-government activists including Robert Stern, a former general counsel for the California agency and a coauthor of the state Political Reform Act, said they knew nothing about Remke.
November 12, 2009 | GEORGE SKELTON
It seemed like eavesdropping on a private conversation -- or reading a rival journalist's notes. But I eagerly did it anyway out of curiosity about Jerry Brown. What I found confirmed that the California attorney general hasn't changed a lot, at least in tone, since he was governor 30 years ago (1975-83). He's still argumentative, rebellious, inquisitive, self-confident, articulate, outspoken and egocentric. A reporter's dream. And it's a big reason -- along with the surname inherited from his late father, the revered Gov. Pat Brown -- that he has managed to survive 40 years in politics and now is the early front-runner to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
March 13, 2005
Finally Jerry Lewis is being recognized for his achievements and prodigious talent ("An Open Letter to the Academy," by David Weddle, Feb. 27). He's an original American clown whose movies have entertained the world; an innovative filmmaker whose techniques have influenced various directors; a tireless humanitarian who has raised more than $1 billion for charity. Does he deserve an Oscar? He deserves three! Hiram Kasten Los Angeles
June 21, 1992
Hulse made the Times travel section the finest in the country, bar none, during his 30 years as travel editor. His stories conveyed the sights, sounds, smells and unique ambience of the places he described so that you almost felt that you were there. If that is the measure of a good travel writer, then Jerry was a great one. Most remarkable was that despite the millions of exhausting miles he traveled, his work never grew jaded, never lost its freshness, romance and excitement.
November 8, 2009 | Harold Meyerson, Harold Meyerson is editor at large of the American Prospect and an Op-Ed columnist at the Washington Post.
With San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's announcement last month that he was withdrawing from next year's gubernatorial contest, the Democratic field in the race has dwindled to one: Jerry Brown. Whatever one thinks of Brown's merits as a once-and-future governor, that's a pretty thin field to choose from. It's not as if the Democrats are a small or embattled party in California, after all. Barack Obama carried the state by 24% last November. Democrats hold both U.S. Senate seats, most statewide offices and have lopsided majorities in the Legislature and the congressional delegation.
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. WILLIAM BRADLEY Sacramento 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.
December 24, 2008
Re "Brown asks justices to toss Prop. 8," Dec. 20 Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown's 111-page brief is anything but. It is the ramblings of a pro-gay politician and is predicated on a false premise. Proposition 8 does not deny any "inalienable" right to any citizen. Under this and every other California law, every citizen has the right to marry -- as long as it is not to an animal, a child, a blood relative or someone of the same sex. Per your article, even the legal scholars are amazed at the far-reaching nature of Brown's assertions.
April 24, 2014 | Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- For years, Gray Davis has told a favorite story about Jerry Brown and his carpet. When Brown was governor in the 1970s, he refused to patch a hole in the carpet of his Capitol office, hoping that his display of frugality would be emulated across state government. Davis, who was Brown's chief of staff before becoming governor himself, got a chance to retell the story in the new issue of Time magazine. He wrote a short article about Brown , one of the publication's 100 most influential people.
April 23, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jerry Buss' show-stopping mansion in Playa del Rey has sold for $5.1 million. The custom Italian-style villa was built in 1998 by the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and billionaire, and it shows. Lakers logos are incorporated in the home's stained-glass double-door entry, which opens to a rotunda. Spanish tile floors, wood-beam ceilings and a winding staircase continue the architectural style inside. A three-stop elevator also connects the 10,846 square feet of living space. There are multiple balconies, three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms -- just enough excess to befit the man who transformed the local professional basketball team into what became known as "Showtime" by giving seats to celebrities and entertaining fans with the Laker Girls.
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.
April 16, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- By calling a special session of the Legislature for later this month, Gov. Jerry Brown is hoping to focus attention on a key part of his budget proposal, the creation of a new reserve fund. In many ways, Brown's action on Wednesday is a technicality. His proposal was already on the table, and lawmakers are already in session and can address the topic of a new fund concurrently with other business. Even though Brown can ask lawmakers to concentrate on his proposal, there's no guarantee they'll act. A key benefit of calling a special session, which Brown scheduled for April 24, is shining a spotlight on the governor's preferred subject, said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College.
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.
April 16, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a legislative special session to prod lawmakers to approve his proposal for creating a new reserve fund, which the governor says will insulate the state from the economic turbulence it's suffered in the past. The special session is scheduled to begin on April 24. California has had a rainy day fund since 2004, but it's mostly been left empty amid the state's budget crises and there are weak rules for funding the account. Brown wants a new plan that would require the state to save some tax revenue from capital gains.
January 6, 1993
Gerald L. (Jerry) Dolin, 79, a conductor and composer who began writing music for vaudeville houses in San Francisco when he was 19. His hit song "Panama" was one of the first popular songs with Latin American emphasis. Over the years he was conductor, arranger and composer for Frank Loesser, Esther Williams, Eleanor Powell, Eartha Kitt and Donald O'Connor, among others. He came to Hollywood with Loesser to work on the MGM film "Neptune's Daughter."
April 9, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 60% of registered voters approve of Gov. Jerry Brown's job performance, according to a poll released Wednesday. The Field Poll found that Brown has a 59% approval rating among registered voters -- the highest marks the poll has found for the governor in this current term. Of those surveyed, 32% disapproved of the governor, while 9% of respondents had no opinion. The poll provides good news for Brown's reelection bid: 57% of voters said they would support the governor if the June primary election were held now. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks came in second with 17%. Among other Republican contenders, Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount and former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari received the support of 3% and 2%, respectively, of the voters.  Overall, 20% of voters are undecided in the June primary; that is even more pronounced among Republicans, 38% of whom have no opinion on the four main candidates.
April 8, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown, citing his meetings with law enforcement officials across the state, said Tuesday that "realignment is working. " Brown, speaking to reporters after he addressed the annual Crime Victims' Rights rally at the Capitol, called the realignment program, in which low-level felons are kept in county jails rather than sent to prisons, "encouraging and stimulating. " "I've talked to district attorneys, I've talked to police chiefs, I've talked to sheriffs," Brown said.
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