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January 14, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Is it too soon to talk about the 2016 presidential election ? Because I have the perfect candidate for the Democrats. Jerry Brown. That's right. Our governor. Forget that Gov. Moonbeam nonsense. He's now the Sage of Sacramento. OK, “perfect candidate” may be a bit strong. Brown does have one major, well, flaw (more on that later). But heck, no one's perfect, especially these days. Republicans are already crowing about the great job that Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin have done in their states, and touting them as presidential material.
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April 26, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Neel Kashkari, a Laguna Beach Republican running for governor in the June 3 primary, expressed support Saturday for a proposal by Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown to strengthen California's “rainy day fund” and accelerate the state's repayment of debt. Kashkari told reporters at a campaign stop in Thousand Oaks that Brown's plan was “a small incremental step in the right direction.” He urged Republican lawmakers to approve it without insisting on adjustments. “I'm definitely in the camp of don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” he said.
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OPINION
September 5, 2012
Re "Brown faces tough calls," Sept. 2 I have to laugh at Republican Party strategist Rob Stutzman's comment that Gov. Jerry Brown is "encumbered from being able to show leadership. He's being consumed by the Sacramento political system instead of redefining it. " Don't worry about Brown's leadership; he charts his own course. He stood up to Democrats last year in his veto of their gimmick-ridden state budget proposal. He was not afraid to veto the card-check farm labor bill (he worked out a compromise later)
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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.
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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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December 22, 2010 | Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is planning to be sworn in Jan. 3 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, followed by an afternoon reception for friends, family and supporters at the California State Railroad Museum, according to people who have coordinated with the governor-elect's office in putting together the events. For weeks, Brown had toyed with numerous options for his swearing-in to a historic third term as California governor, including holding the event in the vaulted chambers of the state Assembly, those involved in the planning said.
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July 5, 2012 | By Ted Rall
Gov. Jerry Brown denies using his influence to bully election officials into approving his petition to put a tax initiative on a ballot ahead of other petitions. ALSO: The strange streets of L.A. Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Global warming in our backyard   Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall . Follow Opinion L.A. on Twitter and Facebook .
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December 24, 2013 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown announced pardons for 127 convicted felons Tuesday, keeping with a Christmas Eve tradition he has followed since retaking the governor's office in 2011. All of those pardoned by Brown have long since completed their sentences and have a record of at least a decade without any further criminal activity, according to a statement from the governor's office. Most were convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. "Pardons are not granted unless they are earned," the statement said.
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March 21, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Yet another member of Gov. Jerry Brown's team is packing her bags. Elizabeth Ashford, who served as the governor's top deputy press secretary, has announced she is leaving the administration next month.   Ashford was one of a handful of staffers in the Brown administration who also worked for Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, where she served as chief deputy Cabinet secretary. Immediately before joining Brown's staff, she worked as a spokeswoman for BP during the Gulf oil spill.
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May 14, 2010
Jerry Brown Age: 72 Born: April 7, 1938 Birthplace: San Francisco City of residence: Oakland Personal: Married to Anne Gust EDUCATION Bachelor's degree, University of California, 1961; law degree, Yale University, 1964 POLITICS Party: Democratic Occupation: California attorney general Career highlights: California secretary of state, 1971-75; California governor, 1975-83; state Democratic Party...
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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.
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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.
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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 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 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.
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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.
NEWS
January 24, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
“Two years ago they were writing our obituary. Well, it didn't happen. California is back.” That's our governor talking. And he's right. Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 11th State of the State address Thursday, and as usual, it was as eclectic as its speaker. As The Times reported , Brown “cited Irish poet William Butler Yeats on education, French writer Montaigne on laws, and the biblical story of Joseph and the Pharaoh on financial discipline.” He even defended his bullet-train project -- a too-expensive, too-complicated boondoggle if ever there was one -- by quoting from the children's classic “The Little Engine That Could”:  “I think I can, I think I can. And over the mountain the little engine went.
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January 13, 2014 | By Anthony York
FRESNO -- Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday his administration would soon declare that California is officially in the midst of a drought. “It's coming,” Brown said of a formal proclamation when asked during a press conference at Fresno City Hall. “Just be patient.” A recent survey of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains found the state's water reserves are at just 20% of normal levels. Other measures have declared 2013 to be the driest year in California history. “It's really serious,” Brown said.
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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.
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April 10, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- When it comes to the state budget, Gov. Jerry Brown may have one less thing to worry about thanks to a recent court ruling. A Superior Court judge in Sacramento upheld the state's push to recoup $20 million from Brentwood, part of Brown's effort to collect money from defunct redevelopment agencies. If Brentwood had prevailed, the result could have been a domino effect with more cities challenging the state and potentially blowing a big hole in Brown's latest budget proposal.
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