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February 11, 2013 | By Anthony York
The Legislature's budget analyst will put Gov. Jerry Brown's proposals to overhaul the state's higher-education system under the microscope in a new report set to be released Tuesday. Brown proposed changes to how the state's community colleges and public universities are run in his state budget blueprint, which he unveiled last month. The governor earmarked millions in additional dollars for both the University of California and the California State University systems.
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March 29, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Nancy McFadden begins most mornings on a conference call with other members of Gov. Jerry Brown's inner circle, the governor occasionally chiming in from the background. When Brown took office, the gathering, led by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, included compatriots plucked from different eras of his five decades in politics - his first tour as governor, the stint as Oakland's mayor, four years as state attorney general. Aside from Gust Brown, McFadden is the only remaining member of the original group.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2013 | By Anthony York
President Obama and congressional leaders are engaged in high-stakes negotiations over billions in federal budget cuts that could have a dramatic impact on California's economy. But Gov. Jerry Brown refused to say whether or not he supports the reductions, urging lawmakers instead to be wary of the effect decisions in Washington can have on the state's economy.   Billions in cuts to defense, healthcare and other programs are set to go into effect on March 1 unless Republicans and Democrats in Washington can come up with a replacement deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Seema Mehta
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has built a war chest of $19.7 million to fund his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, easily eclipsing the money raised by his challengers, according to new campaign reports filed with the state. Brown has raised nearly $3 million this year and spent nearly $95,000, his report shows. Top contributors include several labor unions, Netflix Inc. co-founder Reed Hastings, Napster co-founder Sean Parker and several descendants of the founders of the Gap Inc., the clothing company where Brown's wife, Anne Gust Brown, was once an executive.
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)
NEWS
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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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 .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2014 | By Anthony York and Mark Z. Barabak
SACRAMENTO - On a recent Thursday morning, Jerry Brown walked unannounced into the basement office of the Alameda County registrar's office to draw reelection papers. With a post on Twitter and an email to supporters, he then declared his bid for an unprecedented fourth term as California governor. The moment - low-key, offhand, deliberately anticlimactic - captured the essence of the Democrat's newest incarnation: Late in life, at age 75 and apparently done seeking higher office, Brown has reinvented himself again, this time as the anti-politician politician.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - The longer California's leaders delay shoring up the cash-strapped teacher pension fund, the more money it will cost taxpayers in the long run, according to an analysis presented to lawmakers on Wednesday. If lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown eliminate the fund's $71-billion shortfall over the next 20 years, the extra contributions needed from the state, schools and teachers would total a little more than $180 billion in that time period. But if they put forward a 60-year plan, the total cost would be $622.8 billion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Anthony York
MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Gov. Jerry Brown and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to the heart of the Silicon Valley on Wednesday and signed a deal that would promote trade and joint research between the Jewish state and California. The ceremony at the Computer History Museum was the latest international agreement signed by Brown, who led a trade mission to China last year and plans to take a delegation to Mexico this summer. The governor, a three-time failed presidential candidate who has said he will not be a candidate in 2016, said he will continue to forge accords with international leaders as an end-run around partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C. "California and Israel will build on their respective strengths in research and technology to confront critical problems we both face, such as water scarcity, cybersecurity and climate change," Brown said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown received more than $11,000 in gifts last year, according to a new financial disclosure statement he filed with the state this week. Most of the money came in the form of an $8,400 gift from the San Francisco-based Bay Area Council, which sponsored the governor's trade mission to China and paid the governor's way on the weeklong trip. Other gifts included private flights to attend a State Sheriffs Assn. meeting in Lake Tahoe and a flight from Palm Springs to Bakersfield paid for by the California Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Gov. Jerry Brown waded into the Long Beach mayor's race Monday, announcing his endorsement of Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal. With little over a month left in the mayoral primary campaign, Brown's announcement is the latest in a string of high-profile endorsements in the crowded contest. Bob Foster, the city's current mayor, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom threw their support behind City Councilman Robert Garcia last week.  Former Gov. George Deukmejian, considered a godfather of sorts in Long Beach politics, has endorsed Long Beach City College Trustee Doug Otto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Jason Song, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Gov. Jerry Brown has named one new member to the governing board of the state's community college system while also reappointing another to an additional term, officials announced Monday. Cecilia Estolano is an attorney who was also the chief executive at the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. If confirmed by state legislators, she will serve her first term on the state board.  Geoffrey L. Baum is the director of communications and public affairs at the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and was the president of the Pasadena Area Community College District Governing Board.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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...
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
California voters - thankfully - will probably not have to decide in November whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Backers of the Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana Act, which had the most funding and organized support of four potential state ballot measures, decided to aim for the 2016 election instead. This will let California learn from the mistakes and successes of Colorado and Washington state, which are rolling out legal weed this year, and help proponents devise a better regulatory model than the state's confusing laws on the distribution of medical marijuana.
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