By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011 – 6:50 am

SAN FRANCISCO – Still smarting from the Legislature’s defeat of his tax and jobs plan, Gov. Jerry Brown accused Republican lawmakers Wednesday of an “unconstitutional delegation of power,” saying they are controlled by the anti-tax group Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

“The Republicans in Sacramento have one jockey,” Brown said in a fiery speech to about 1,000 nurses at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

In recent days, Brown has decried the GOP, rallied labor unions and called for “a war on unemployment” in an uncharacteristic spate of public appeals.

The public appearances – including three speeches in three days – are in sharp contrast to the low profile he kept after previous legislative failures, when budget talks with Republicans stalled in March and collapsed months later.

In the aftermath of that defeat, Brown went hiking.

The quiet approach, Democratic strategist Darry Sragow said, didn’t work.

“Now he’s trying something else,” Sragow said. “Plan B, or maybe Plan C, and that’s to engage, to be more confrontational and more visible, to call the question in public.”

The Democratic governor is likely to ask voters next year to raise taxes, and union support is expected to be critical.

Brown piled blame Wednesday on the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for the Legislature’s defeat of his tax and jobs plan, saying some Republican senators told him they would like to vote for the measure but couldn’t because of the association’s political clout.

Now, after months of failed negotiations with Republicans, Brown said, “At least I know who to talk to.”

Brown is also preparing to upset legislative Democrats, warning he will veto many of the hundreds of bills passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature before it recessed early Saturday.

“I’m going to veto a lot of bills over the next 30 days,” Brown said in Sacramento on Wednesday. “I have to say to some, ‘Fasten your seat belt, because it’s going to be a rough ride. You’ve given me 600 bills, and there’s not 600 problems that we need those solutions for.’ ”

After traveling Monday to Las Vegas to address the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Brown called for public investment in green energy projects and infrastructure at a conference of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on Tuesday.

“It’s time for a war on unemployment,” Brown said. “Find the jobs, and do so by investing in the renewable energy, the efficiency technologies, the innovative transportation, the land use policies.”

Brown is still trying this year to push forward California’s troubled high-speed rail project, and he plans to propose next year a plan for a peripheral canal or other way to move water through or around the Delta. Both projects are controversial.

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