Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Columnist
Updated 9:40 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2012
Critics of last week’s pension deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers pointed out that the Legislature could simply reverse those changes next year – but Brown said this week that as long as he is governor, that “is not going to happen.”
The governor stopped short of promising to veto any bill that did so: “I don’t like to send veto threats out,” he told the Chronicle editorial board Thursday. “I don’t want to be in that role – I am in a conciliatory mode. I’m a diplomat.”
But he said voters should be assured that neither he nor lawmakers would seek to weaken the deal, which he called “pretty amazing,” and the most “far-reaching pension reform, probably going back ever.”
“We’re not going to roll back pension (changes) – it won’t get out of the Legislature, I can’t even imagine that,” he said. “You can take it to the bank that those pensions are not going to be rolled back.”
If anything, he said, state officials will go even further in 2013 to curb taxpayer costs and increase public employee contributions.
Turtles, bobcats and bears: Depending on whom you ask, they are either some of the most powerful lobbyists in Sacramento or just grassroots defenders of our furry friends.
One thing is sure: The state’s animal lovers were successful this legislative session, persuading lawmakers to send at least seven bills to the governor.
You probably heard about SB1221, which would ban hunters from using dogs to chase down bears and bobcats. Here are some of the other animal protection measures sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, which is publicly appealing to Brown to sign them all:
– SB1229, which would prohibit landlords from requiring that a cat be declawed or a dog get its vocal cords removed as a condition of tenancy.
– SB1500, which would speed up the adoption process for animals seized from their owners because of cruelty or neglect.
– SB1480, which would make it illegal to trap bats, starting July 1, and illegal to kill trapped mammals by drowning or chest crushing.
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