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don't expect jerry brown to tackle proposition 13 in his final year as governor


on this last lap as california's chief executive, a job he's held longer than anyone in history, gov. jerry brown seems to relish his reputation as a teller of political truths.last week, he offered a candid assessment of problems he believes were caused by the state's most famous tax-cutting law, proposition 13. but in so doing, brown revealed another truth: he's not going to tackle them before leaving office in 2019.advertisementthe governor invoked the landmark 1978 ballot measure three times during a news conference detailing his new state budget. brown hardly ever talks about the almost 4-decade-old law, enacted during his first term in office. even so, it remains a part of his legacy and that of every governor since."the passage of proposition 13, and the insertion of the state gover






don't expect jerry brown to tackle proposition 13 in his final year as governor


on this last lap as california’s chief executive, a job he’s held longer than anyone in history, gov. jerry brown seems to relish his reputation as a teller of political truths.last week, he offered a candid assessment of problems he believes were caused by the state’s most famous tax-cutting law, proposition 13. but in so doing, brown revealed another truth: he’s not going to tackle them before leaving office in 2019.the governor invoked the landmark 1978 ballot measure three times during a news conference detailing his new state budget. brown hardly ever talks about the almost 4-decade-old law, enacted during his first term in office. even so, it remains a part of his legacy and that of every governor since.“the passage of proposition 13, and the insertion of the state government into lo






california politics podcast: here are the battles that lie ahead over gov. jerry


lawmakers will dig deep this week into gov. jerry brown's new state budget, and are likely to demand changes before the final version reaches his desk next month.on this week's california politics podcast, we take a closer look at the governor's revised budget that was submitted to the legislature on thursday -- a $183.4-billion spending plan that makes a few concessions thanks to recalculated tax revenue predictions. still democrats are likely to balk at a few health and human services issues, most notably how to use tobacco tax revenues imposed by voters last fall through proposition 56.






from the archives: newly elected governor brown meets the press - 1974 and 2014


in a close election, brown defeated republican houston flournoy by about 175,000 votes out of 6 million cast. in the nov. 6, 1974, los angeles times, political writer richard bergholz reported:california's governor-elect, 36-year-old edmund g. brown jr., plunged into the business of governing today only hours after he won a squeaky-close victory over republican houston i. flournoy.…brown served notice he would take a hard line on spending proposals. “people want a new spirit,'” he told newsmen,“but they don't want to pay more taxes to achieve it.”and he cited the defeat of proposition a locally, the proposal to raise the sales tax 1 cent to pay for rapid transit, as an indication that “people are not in the mood for big spending programs.”...this image above by staff photographer rick meye






in his final state budget, gov. jerry brown is tying up loose ends for his succe


it seemed like gov. jerry brown was tying up loose ends and starting to pack as he unveiled his 16th and final state budget proposal wednesday.he'll be walking out the door and into retirement — at least from state office — at the end of this year.advertisementbrown was 36 when first elected governor in 1974 and he'll be 80 when he leaves for the last time. his four terms are the most of any california governor.the youthful hair is long gone, but not the tight grip on the state pocketbook, the passionate oratory or showmanship.brown's goal with the final budget he sent the legislature is to leave state government in sound financial shape for his successor. he isn't embarking on any major new projects. instead, he's polishing up existing projects, in some cases endeavoring to assure they're






jerry brown’s legacy a major question for hopefuls looking to replace him


after running for elected office 12 times since 1970, gov. jerry brown is about to exit the center stage of california politics, no longer the brash upstart but now a senior statesman who could be a model for the next person who will lead the state.every successor promises to be better, and different, than the person they replace. in 2018, one of the most wide-open races for governor in some two decades, the “jerry question” looms large for both candidates and voters.a new usc dornsife/los angeles times poll found a tepid reaction to brown the man. his job approval rating among all californians was just 44%, and almost one-third of those surveyed said they didn’t have any real impression of him. one possible reason is that he often flies under the radar for weeks at a time. though he’s mad






california’s governor heads to mexico for vacation


sacramento, calif. (ap) — gov. jerry brown is heading to mexico for a week of vacation before california’s longest-serving governor enters his final year in office.brown left california on friday and will return jan. 5.spokesman evan westrup wouldn’t say where in mexico the governor and california’s first lady, anne gust brown, are vacationing or what their activities will include. he cited privacy and security reasons.brown is termed out of the governor’s office in january 2019, when he completes his second four-year term. he also served two terms as governor in the 1970s and 1980s.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.he’ll miss the return of the state legislature on jan. 3, but will be back to present his proposed budget for the next fiscal year and to give his state






panel delays vote on pay raises for california's governor and legislators


the state panel that gives annual pay raises to the governor and legislators has canceled its meeting set for wednesday because gov. jerry brown has not filled four of the seven seats on the panel, leaving it without a quorum, officials said.the governor appoints the members of the california citizens compensation commission, which sets elected officials’ salaries and was created in 1990 through the voters' passage of proposition 112.however, the panel recently lost its chairman and fourth member, labor leader tom dalzell, when his term expired, and brown has not filled any of the vacancies. joe deanda, a spokesman for the panel, said the meeting will be reset during the coming weeks. aides to brown declined to comment.the panel is required to meet by june 30 of each year to decide what ch






gov. jerry brown still has $15 million in paign cash — and makes no promises how


with no clear paign left to run in his storied electoral career, gov. jerry brown nonetheless owns a $15-million political war chest, one of the largest of any elected official in the state. few, though, suspect that brown is out of ideas on what to do with it. the governor's new paign finance report shows a little more than $15 million in his main political account, largely untouched during the 2016 election cycle that saw him victorious in two ballot measure efforts. brown's initiative to make sweeping changes to california's prison parole rules, proposition 57 , won handily on nov. 8. and the governor was instrumental in helping raise $21.7 million to defeat proposition 53 , a ballot measure that sought to impose voter approval on large public works bond offerings. so what now? bro






california drought officially over, governor jerry brown announces


after years of living under drought conditions, california residents could breathe a collective sigh of relief friday morning when governor jerry brown declared that the state’s drought was officially over. “this drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” said a statement from the governor’s office, “conservation must remain a way…






gov. jerry brown was less picky in 2017, vetoing fewer bills than he did in 2016


for a governor with the distinction of vetoing fewer bills than any chief executive in modern california history, gov. jerry brown didn't abruptly change course in 2017.as he's done the last seven years — and the eight years he served as governor a generation ago — brown signed the vast majority of bills that reached his desk this year.on sunday night, he weighed in on the final bills approved by the legislature before it adjourned for the year on sept. 16. in all, brown signed 859 bills in 2017 and vetoed just 118. that veto rate — 12% — is lower than the 15% of proposed laws he rejected in 2016.republican governors hold the record for the most bills vetoed. former gov. george deukmejian rejected 436 bills in 1990, according to a report compiled last year by the state senate office of res






what it's like for one lawmaker to wait for gov. jerry brown to act on the final


assemblywoman lorena gonzalez fletcher (d-san diego) kept a bit of a tweet diary sunday as she waited for gov. jerry brown to take action on the final pieces of legislation on his desk.here's just a sample of what she shared with her nearly 13,000 followers.






president jerry brown? 'don't rule it out,' governor quips


in arguing for approval of a new transportation package on thursday, gov. jerry brown appeared to enjoy himself in refusing to shoot down a supporter’s suggestion that he run for president — even as he noted his 79th birthday is next week.standing next to other elected officials and construction workers at the rally in in concord, brown argued that gas tax and vehicle fee increases are needed to address a backlog of much-needed repairs to california’s crumbling system of roads, highways and bridges.“i’m telling you the truth because why would i lie to you?” brown said. “i don’t think i’m running for office. all i’ve got left is lieutenant governor, treasurer and controller.”“or president,” someone in the crowd shouted.brown responded that he would be 82 when the next presidential election






president jerry brown? 'don't rule it out,' governor quips


in arguing for approval of a new transportation package in concord thursday, gov. jerry brown appeared to enjoy himself in refusing to shoot down a supporter’s suggestion that he run for president — even as he noted his 79th birthday is next week.standing next to other elected officials and construction workers at the bay area rally, brown argued that gas tax and vehicle fee increases are needed to address a backlog of much-needed repairs to california’s crumbling system of roads, highways and bridges.“i’m telling you the truth because why would i lie to you?” brown said. “i don’t think i’m running for office. all i’ve got left is lieutenant governor, treasurer and controller.”“or president,” someone in the crowd shouted.brown responded that he would be 82 when the next presidential electi






governor failing to push california political reforms


capitalizing on the watergate political scandal, then-secretary of state jerry brown ran for governor in 1974 as an advocate of political reform.a key to brown’s ultimately successful run was a ballot measure, proposition 9, that he contended would reduce the influence of special interests in the state capitol.the political reform act created the fair political practices commission, tightened conflict-of-interest, campaign finance reporting and lobbyist reporting laws, required politicians to disclose personal economic interests, and limited wining and dining of politicians.since returning to the governorship after a 28-year hiatus, however, brown has been somewhat disdainful of shining more light on politicians’ financial dealings, often vetoing reform bills.one victim of brown’s much-cha






california politics news feed - la times


for a governor with the distinction of vetoing fewer bills than any chief executive in modern california history, gov. jerry brown didn't abruptly change course in 2017.as he's done the last seven years — and the eight years he served as governor a generation ago — brown signed the vast majority of bills that reached his desk this year.on sunday night, he weighed in on the final bills approved by the legislature before it adjourned for the year on sept. 16. in all, brown signed 859 bills in 2017 and vetoed just 118. that veto rate — 12% — is lower than the 15% of proposed laws he rejected in 2016.republican governors hold the record for the most bills vetoed. former gov. george deukmejian rejected 436 bills in 1990, according to a report compiled last year by the state senate office of res






gov. jerry brown will undergo new round of treatment for prostate cancer, but wo


gov. jerry brown, who first was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, will begin a new round of treatment for the disease, his office reported on urday. brown, 78, will maintain his duties as governor during the treatment, according to his staff. no additional details were provided about how long the treatment will take, or what prompted its timing. "fortunately this is not extensive disease, can be readily treated with a short course of radiothe y, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects," said dr. eric small, a uc san francisco oncologist, in an emailed statement provided to reporters. "the prognosis for gov. brown is excellent." brown initially learned he had prostate cancer in late 2012 and underwent similar treatment for several weeks. the governor has also






gov. jerry brown promotes his california agenda in washington with a bit of shut


as the leader of a state that seems more a country of its own in its isolation from the republican revolution, gov. jerry brown saw his visit to capitol hill on tuesday play out like that of any foreign ambassador to the nation’s capital.brown played the role of diplomat, sitting with friends and foes alike to assess california's standing as decisions are made on federal funding and priorities. and like a good envoy, he carefully chose his words about the path forward.“i do think we all have to work vigorously to defend our position, but to find as many openings with a very different kind of politics,” brown said after his final meeting tuesday.his caution no doubt was reinforced by a state delegation deeply divided, 53 members of the house of representatives hunkering down for what’s like






gov. jerry brown laments 'poisoned' nature of talks to avoid nuclear war


gov. jerry brown said the politics over nuclear warfare have become "poisoned" as he searches for ways to take a larger role in the debate.brown wrapped up his four-day visit to washington, d.c., with a meeting of the nuclear threat initiative, a nonprofit whose board of directors he joined this year."it's very important to open channels of communication," brown said in an interview after the meeting. "because there's no way for the future to be safe unless there's far more dialogue, and ultimately understanding and mutual agreements together."the governor scheduled meetings with federal and congressional representatives to coincide with the nuclear group's gathering. he did not, however, make a visit to the white house.brown said "there is a role" he can play in advocating for nuclear dis






california governor to get further prostate cancer treatment


sacramento, calif. — california gov. jerry brown will undergo further radiation treatment for prostate cancer.brown's office made the announcement urday in a brief statement.brown's oncologist, dr. eric small of the university of california, san francisco, says in the statement the disease is not extensive and can be treated with "a short course of radiothe y."small says the prognosis for brown is "excellent" and that he doesn't expect any significant side effects.brown's office says he will continue his full work schedule through treatment, which is planned to occur between late february and early march.this is the third time the 78-year-old governor has been treated for cancer since taking office in 2011.in april 2011, he had surgery to remove a cancerous growth on the right side of his






california gas tax a victory for jerry brown, democrats


sacramento — the $52 billion transportation deal that would either become a hallmark of gov. jerry brown’s legacy or a hard-fought political disaster hung in the balance late thursday afternoon as the governor sat down outside an emergency meeting of the democratic caucus, instantly drawing a crowd of reporters and photographers.the night before at the governor’s mansion, brown had won over sen. anthony cannella, a central valley republican, with the promise of $400 million for an ace train extension to merced and a new $100 million parkway — two of several sweeteners worth nearly $1 billion promised to four lawmakers in the space of 24 hours. but the vote count in the assembly was hard to pin down.at 10:30 p.m., the tension on the floor was as thick as gooey asphalt as three democratic la






with a deadline looming, there's a deal between gov. jerry brown and lawmakers o


gov. jerry brown and lawmakers unveiled a final state budget deal tuesday, settling disputes over how to spend tobacco tax dollars and boosting the bottom line of california’s largest public employee pension fund.the agreement, announced by brown and democratic leaders of the state senate and assembly, paves the way for both houses to ratify the spending plan thursday — the constitutional deadline for the legislature to take action.“this budget keeps california on a sound fiscal path and continues to support struggling families and make investments in our schools,” brown said in a written statement.key to the agreement was a resolution of differences over how to spend an estimated $1.3 billion in new tobacco taxes approved by voters last fall.under the deal struck between brown and democra






with a deadline looming, there's a deal between gov. jerry brown and lawmakers o


gov. jerry brown and lawmakers unveiled a final state budget deal tuesday, settling disputes over how to spend tobacco tax dollars and boosting the bottom line of california’s largest public employee pension fund.the agreement, announced by brown and democratic leaders of the state senate and assembly, paves the way for both houses to ratify the spending plan thursday — the constitutional deadline for the legislature to take action.“this budget keeps california on a sound fiscal path and continues to support struggling families and make investments in our schools,” brown said in a written statement.key to the agreement was a resolution of differences over how to spend an estimated $1.3 billion in new tobacco taxes approved by voters last fall.under the deal struck between brown and democra






with a deadline looming, there's a deal between gov. jerry brown and lawmakers o


gov. jerry brown and lawmakers unveiled a final state budget deal tuesday, settling disputes over how to spend tobacco tax dollars and boosting the bottom line of california’s largest public employee pension fund.the agreement, announced by brown and democratic leaders of the state senate and assembly, paves the way for both houses to ratify the $183.2-billion spending plan thursday — the constitutional deadline for the legislature to take action.“this budget keeps california on a sound fiscal path and continues to support struggling families and make investments in our schools,” brown said in a written statement.a number of state programs will receive more more money than the governor had originally proposed. spending in the state’s general fund would run about $1 billion higher than brow






we're in the money, california! now let's not spend our budget surplus like drun


when california gov. jerry brown proposed the first state budget of his third term in 2011, it was a gloomy affair. the recession lingered over the nation's economy like a nasty head cold, and california was $27 billion in the hole. brown's message at the time was, appropriately, one of belt tightening.seven years later, the state's fortunes have flipped, thanks to one of the longest economic expansions in modern history and to voters' decision to pass the proposition 30 tax hikes in 2012. california is now rolling in dough, with a $7.5-billion general fund surplus expected in the next fiscal year.advertisementwoo hoo! great news! but rather than revert instantly to the profligate ways of the past, this is a time for sacramento, if it can, to be cautious, rational and mindful of the future






gov. jerry brown once opposed sanctuary cities, but have time — and trump — chan


sacramento — if gov. jerry brown ends up signing a pending bill to make california a “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants, it will be an about-face for the governor, who publicly opposed the idea of sanctuary cities several years ago.while it’s often difficult to predict brown’s actions, many capitol observers expect him to approve it, given both california’s political landscape and strong democratic antipathy toward president donald trump.the governor’s office declined to comment on senate bill 54, but there are clues to his sympathies. during a march interview on nbc’s “meet the press,” brown said: “i’m following a very fine line here. i want to work with him (trump) where there is something good, but i’m not going to turn over our police departments to become agents of the fede






gov. jerry brown once opposed sanctuary cites, but have time — and trump — chang


sacramento — if gov. jerry brown ends up signing a pending bill to make california a “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants, it will be an about-face for the governor, who publicly opposed the idea of sanctuary cities several years ago.while it’s often difficult to predict brown’s actions, many capitol observers expect him to approve it, given both california’s political landscape and strong democratic antipathy toward president donald trump.the governor’s office declined to comment on senate bill 54, but there are clues to his sympathies. during a march interview on nbc’s “meet the press,” brown said: “i’m following a very fine line here. i want to work with him (trump) where there is something good, but i’m not going to turn over our police departments to become agents of the fede






gov. jerry brown once opposed sanctuary cites, but have time — and trump — chang


sacramento — if gov. jerry brown ends up signing a pending bill to make california a “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants, it will be an about-face for the governor, who publicly opposed the idea of sanctuary cities several years ago.while it’s often difficult to predict brown’s actions, many capitol observers expect him to approve it, given both california’s political landscape and strong democratic antipathy toward president donald trump.the governor’s office declined to comment on senate bill 54, but there are clues to his sympathies. during a march interview on nbc’s “meet the press,” brown said: “i’m following a very fine line here. i want to work with him (trump) where there is something good, but i’m not going to turn over our police departments to become agents of the fede






gov. jerry brown hits capitol hill to meet with california's congressional deleg


gov. jerry brown found a receptive but unsettled audience on capitol hill on tuesday, with pledges of cooperation but at least one warning that the state could pay a price for its leaders' criticism of president trump.brown, who is in washington until thursday afternoon, spent most of tuesday shuttling across the capitol complex for meetings — a day of large crowds and security, with trump's meeting on healthcare efforts.the governor's meeting with democrats who represent the state lasted more than an hour, and lawmakers praised brown for his pragmatic take on an era with deep partisan divides."i think the message was, let's fix problems, let's engage the administration," rep. lou correa (d-santa ana) said after the morning meeting.brown too was impressed."they're very focused on doing rig






gov. jerry brown and two central valley gop congressmen squabble over obamacare


gov. jerry brown landed a last-minute jab at california house republicans who backed the gop bill to replace obamacare, which narrowly passed the house on thursday.in a statement released just before the vote, brown blasted the bill as "cruel and ill-conceived," and called out three house republicans who have been at the center of organizing efforts to guard the affordable care act — reps. david valadao of hanford, jeff denham of turlock and steve knight of lancaster — for leaving constituents' healthcare at risk."our california congressional delegation should vote no on this abomination," brown said.valadao and denham swiftly responded with a counter-punch, accusing brown of caring more about the healthcare of urban and coastal residents than that of their central valley districts."if he






gov. jerry brown and two central valley gop congressmen squabble over obamacare


gov. jerry brown landed a last-minute jab at california house republicans who backed the gop bill to replace obamacare, which narrowly passed the house on thursday.in a statement released just before the vote, brown blasted the bill as "cruel and ill-conceived," and called out three house republicans who have been at the center of organizing efforts to guard the affordable care act — reps. david valadao of hanford, jeff denham of turlock and steve knight of lancaster — for leaving constituents' healthcare at risk."our california congressional delegation should vote no on this abomination," brown said.valadao and denham swiftly responded with a counter-punch, accusing brown of caring more about the healthcare of urban and coastal residents than that of their central valley districts."if he






los angeles times


gov. jerry brown, right, is briefed on the fall's wildfires by mark ghilarducci, director of the governor's office of emergency services. (donald thompson) gov. jerry brown is considering upgrading the state’s emergency alert system in the wake of this fall’s devastating wildfires across northern california, the governor’s emergency services director told legislators on monday.“this is something that we’ve been working on closely,” said mark ghilarducci, director of the california governor’s office of emergency services, at an informational legislative hearing about the state’s response to the wildfires.emergency alerting systems received widespreadcomplaints for not notifying residents as wildfires ripped through napa and sonoma counties in october. the blazes, along with others nearby, l






it's all good: gov. jerry brown (again) signs a budget without any vetoed spendi


gov. jerry brown holds two unique records when it comes to state budgets. no governor has signed more of them, and none in modern times have been as hesitant to veto items they don't like.in the budget he signed on monday, brown made no changes. it's not the first time. this was brown's second consecutive budget in which he took no veto actions, and his third veto-free budget since 1982.governors have line-item veto power to erase budget expenditures, decisions that aren't subject to review by the legislature. previous chief executives have used their unilateral power far more often, a way to trim spending from a variety of state budget-related programs.state documents show former gov. george deukmejian holds the modern record for the most budget changes, issuing 367 line-item vetoes on ju






calif. governor travels to china to spur more investment in renewable energy


beijing -- when president trump pulled the united states out of the paris climate accord last week, california governor jerry brown saw an opportunity to go green -- in china."this is serious stuff," brown said, while in beijing. "this is not a game, this is not appealing to your political base. this is dealing with the existential threats to humanity." brown may now have more in common with the chinese government than he does with the u.s. government. in a setting normally reserved for visiting heads of state, brown met with chinese president xi jinping, who is now viewed as the world's leader on climate change. california gov. jerry brown, left, met with chinese president xi jinping in beijing cbs news "china is the world's biggest polluter. do you trust them to lead the world on this is






'the planet is warming and all hell is breaking loose,' says gov. jerry brown as


renewing his criticism of president trump’s stance on climate change as he traveled to paris for an international meeting, gov. jerry brown said on sunday that the president’s agenda has a “reckless disregard” for the seriousness of the problem.“nature is not a political game. nature is the ground on which we stand, it's the air which we breathe,” brown said in an interview broadcast sunday on cbs’ “60 minutes.” “the truth of the case is that there's too much carbon being emitted, that heat trapping gases are building up, the planet is warming and all hell is breaking loose.”the governor left on sunday for an event marking the two-year anniversary of the paris climate accord, a summit whose final agreement was praised by brown but rejected by trump this past june.brown was invited by frenc






big stakes, little focus. so who's running for california governor, anyway?


who’ll be the next governor of california? it’s a complete and utter mystery.insurance commissioner gavin newsom? antonio villagarosa? kamala harris?actually, none of the above.newsom is california’s lieutenant governor, not insurance commissioner.the former mayor of los angeles spells his name villaraigosa. and unlike those two, harris is not even running for governor; indeed, she’s just starting to warm the u.s. senate seat she won in november.the fight to succeed democrat jerry brown is likely to be the most wide-open and unpredictable california governor’s race since at least 1998, when the overwhelming underdog gray davis surged to victory in the final weeks of the democratic primary and took the office in a november landslide.one would hardly know it, though, talking to voters who ha






gov. brown proposes fix for conflicts in california's cannabis laws


gov. jerry brown has made his wishes clear: he wants the conflicts between california’s medical and recreational cannabis laws resolved by the end of the year.tuesday night his office published a 92-page document offering up recommendations for how to settle key differences in laws regulating both segments of the industry, with the governor choosing sides on everything from how many licenses marijuana business owners can hold to how weed should be distributed statewide.the proposals were included in a trailer bill to brown’s 2017-18 budget. the legislature will vote on whether those proposals become law, before they ultimately head back to brown for final approval.“we were extremely happy when we saw what the governor’s office did,” said nate bradley, executive director of the california c






fans flock to oak grill, skyroom as 113-year minneapolis tradition ends


determined to reverse eight years of a democratic administration, house republicans are on track to overturn a handful of rules finalized in president barack obama's final months in office to deal with climate change, federal contracting and background checks for gun ownership.