Archive for the ‘ Jerry Brown ’ Category

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 28, 2016 – 5:59 PM

  • Public Utilities Commission, Coastal Commission under fire
  • Critics say insiders have too much access to members
  • New bills would place limits on ‘ex parte’ communications

Lawyers love to sprinkle their discourse with Latin phrases, thereby giving them a veneer of erudition.

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The Sacramento Bee: Sweeping Public Utilities Commission changes announced

CPUC

On Monday, June 27, 2016, the day Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced a deal to overhaul the troubled California Public Utilities Commission.

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
June 27, 2016 – 11:19 AM

  • Embattled regulator has faced regular criticism
  • Influencers will need to register as lobbyists
  • Companies such as Uber, Lyft no longer in agency’s enforcement purview

A deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced Monday will bring major changes to the oft-criticized California Public Utilities Commission, including removing the regulator’s enforcement authority over ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 16, 2016 – 3:51 PM

  • Budget total remained same, despite new spending
  • Shift to bonds for jails lubricated negotiations
  • Borrowing undercuts Brown’s stance on debt

The state budget that’s sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk – $122 billion in general fund spending – is almost exactly the dimensions of what he had proposed in January and revised slightly in May.

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SBCO Seal

Posted by Katy Grimes
June 01, 2016 – 06:43 am

A legal tale of drama rivaling the magnitude of the infamous 2006 Duke Lacrosse rape case, has been dragging on in California courts for more than seven years. But the case could now be tossed out, on charges that prosecutors with the State Attorney General’s office destroyed the evidence they had been withholding from an indicting Grand Jury.

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The Sacramento Bee: California carbon emission auction proceeds fall short

Oops!

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 25, 2016 4:34 PM

  • State had anticipated more than $500 million from sale of allowances
  • The state will see just $10 million from latest auction
  • Shortfall could affect ambitious spending plans, including high-speed rail

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature got some bad news Wednesday about plans to spend more than $3 billion in proceeds from the state’s “cap-and-trade” auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances.

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Politico: Brown’s endorsement of Harris raises a scenario involving his wife

Politico

By Carla Marinucci |
May. 24, 2016 – 7:47 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — With his endorsement of California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate race on Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown will likely fuel the growing buzz in Sacramento about a “musical chairs” scenario: will Brown consider appointing his wife and chief counsel, Anne B. Gust, to fill Harris’ shoes?

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown hopes to leave on high note, but fears downturn

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 21, 2016 – 1:59 PM

  • Governor reveals concerns about how he will leave
  • Budget looms as the greatest threat to his legacy
  • He shuns tax reform, pins hopes on a small reserve

Obliquely and perhaps unwittingly, Jerry Brown has acknowledged that as his remarkable political career nears an end, he’s concerned with how history will remember him.

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Los Angeles Times: Gov. Brown turns in signatures on parole ballot measure

Ballot Measures

John Myers
May 20, 2016 – 10:56 A.M.

Gov. Jerry Brown, still awaiting word on the legality of his plan to revamp the state’s parole laws, nonetheless submitted petition signatures on Friday to earn the measure a spot on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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Child Abuse

Gabriel Fernandez was killed after breakdowns by Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. (Family handout)

Garrett Therolf
May 18, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has quietly drafted a bill that would gut key portions of the state’s landmark law requiring child protective services agencies to release records when a youth dies of abuse or neglect. A vote is expected within the next week.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 14, 2016 – 1:54 PM

  • State’s economic recovery is beginning to cool off
  • Governor cuts revenue estimate in revised budget
  • ‘Very resolute’ attitude means conflict with liberals

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised budget on Friday the 13th, which implies that he’s not superstitious.

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Veto

Patrick McGreevy
May 13, 2016 – 1:24 P.M.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill that would have expanded the disclosure of lobbying activities to include those who seek to influence state officials on government procurement decisions. He said it is not necessary.

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Calculator

May. 13, 2016 – 6:54 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $122.2 billion general fund spending plan Friday that sets the stage for a months-long debate with the Legislature over budget priorities.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers in Brown’s plan:

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taxifornia

John Myers
May 11, 2016 – 2:07 P.M.

When Gov. Jerry Brown asked California voters to raise taxes in 2012 , he made clear that it was temporary, revenues needed to balance the books for only a few years.

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Smoke and Mirrors

Public records show that Brown has financial ties to a company that could profit greatly from shipping coal through Oakland.

Mike Rosati
May 12, 2016

During a high-profile speech last July in Vatican City, Governor Jerry Brown told Pope Francis that “90 percent of the coal” reserves worldwide “can never be taken out of the ground” if the planet is to avoid a climate catastrophe. Brown’s remarks, which are posted on the governor’s official website, were hailed by climate change activists around the globe and further positioned Brown as a world leader in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 10, 2016 – 3:33 PM

  • San Onofre nuclear power plant shut down
  • Secret deal stuck ratepayers with most costs
  • As probe continues, PUC reopens the case

The long-simmering scandal in the state Public Utilities Commission over a secret deal to stick ratepayers with most of the costs of shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant just got more interesting.

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Calculator+Finance+Budget

By Jonathan Cooper, Associated Press
May 10, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to release his revised state budget this week, he’s hearing a chorus of calls from Democratic lawmakers, liberal interest groups and even some Republicans urging him to significantly boost spending to help California’s poorest residents.

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KPBS: Deadline Passes In Probe Of Secret San Onofre Deal

Kamala Harris

Customers may now have little recourse for accountability for how they were handed a $3.3 billion bill for the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s shutdown after a radiation leak in 2012.

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 29, 2016

Aired 4/29/16 on KPBS News.

While California Attorney General Kamala Harris gathers steam in her campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, the statute of limitations has run out for her to file charges for a secret meeting in Poland that spawned a San Onofre settlement.

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The Sacramento Bee: California scores lowest on Moody’s fiscal ‘stress test’

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown carries notebook paper after unveiling his proposed 2016-17 state budget at the Capitol on Jan. 7. Brown warned that the state is overdue for a recession and needs to build reserves to cushion the effects of an economic downturn. (Renée C. Byer – rbyer@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 22, 2016 – 2:51 PM

  • Texas shines in ability to absorb a recession
  • California and Illinois at the bottom

California, whose state budget is highly dependent on volatile income taxes, is the least able big state to withstand a recession, according to a “stress test” conducted by Moody’s Investor Service.

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KPBS-TV: Harris Questioned For Representing Gov. Brown During San Onofre Probe

Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Richard Vogel/AP)

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 15, 2016

How does a prosecutor build a case if she’s representing a potential witness in her investigation?

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No Money

By Dale Kasler
Business & Real Estate
April 12, 2016 3:29 PM
dkasler@sacbee.com

  • Bankruptcy judge says estate of Alfred Villalobos lacks money to pay money owed state
  • Villalobos commited suicide in January 2015
  • Villalobos’ fortune overstated

RENO —

The late Alfred Villalobos, the central figure in the CalPERS bribery case, always insisted he did nothing wrong and he didn’t owe the state of California a dime.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Wage hike a classic Jerry Brown act

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Brown signs a minimum wage bill at the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, April 4, 2016. (Al Seib – Los Angeles Times)

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 4, 2016 – 2:58 PM

  • Governor opposed minimum wage boost, then embraced it
  • It’s similar to his 1978 flip-flop on Proposition 13
  • The consequences won’t be known until he’s exited

Gov. Jerry Brown joined other political figures one evening last week to raise money for a Capitol internship program and deliver a paean to political compromise.

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waterdrop

Matt Stevens
April 4, 2016

After nine months of fervent conservation, drought-fatigued Californians narrowly missed meeting the water-savings target set by Gov. Jerry Brown a year ago.

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Minimum Wage

By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Apr. 4, 2016 – 2:59 AM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s governor is setting in motion the most populous state’s climb toward the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown joined legislators and labor leaders Monday in Sacramento to announce a landmark agreement that would make California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide. (Renée C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller and Jeremy B. White
jmiller@sacbee.com
March 28, 2016 – 7:30 AM

  • Hourly wage would increase to $15 an hour by 2022
  • Announcement comes days after November ballot measure qualifies
  • Business groups call plan ‘reckless’

Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders and labor leaders Monday touted an agreement that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, saying the pact should avert an expensive ballot fight this fall.

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The Sacramento Bee: Top Jerry Brown aide’s PG&E stock disclosure investigated

Nancy McFadden

Nancy McFadden, 51, executive to Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
March 24, 2016 – 5:57 PM

  • Fair Political Practices Commission looking into Brown aide Nancy McFadden
  • Notes “apparent failure” to disclose stock status
  • No conflict of interest alleged

California’s campaign finance watchdog will investigate whether a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown accurately disclosed the status of her stock holdings in a major utility.

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High-Speed Rail

A full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train is displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
March 24, 2016 – 2:28 PM

  • 52 percent of adults and 44 percent of likely voters back rail
  • More would back project if it were cheaper than $64 billion
  • A pair of proposed initiatives would threaten rail funding

There’s been little positive buzz of late about California’s high-speed rail system.

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Traffic Cop

State court officials said that more than 58,000 drivers have received cost reductions in traffic fines and court fees.58,000 California drivers have traffic fines and court fees cut under amnesty (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Associated Press
March 16, 2016

Tens of thousands of California drivers have had traffic fines and court fees reduced under an amnesty program pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown to help the poor.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino), right, speaks at a town hall meeting at San Bernardino Valley College flanked by members of the Assembly’s moderate Democratic caucus. (Christine Mai-Duc)

Christine Mai-Duc
March 12, 2016

What happens when a Democratic lawmaker strays from party leaders on a key piece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s policy agenda? One assemblywoman who held back support for a sweeping climate-change bill last year is starting to find out.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: Complaint alleges PG&E conflict by Brown’s top aide

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses a bill with advisers including Executive Secretary Nancy McFadden. [Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press file]

By Jeff McDonald & Patrick McGreevy |
March 11, 2016 – 6 p.m.

A consumer advocacy group filed a complaint Friday with the state ethics agency seeking an investigation into whether the top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown influenced appointments to the state Public Utilities Commission while she owned stock in PG&E, an allegation rejected immediately by the Governor’s Office.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown’s judicial friend steps away from PUC email case

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

The San Onofre nuclear power plant in northern San Diego County, was shut down in 2013, and the Public Utilities Commission sunsequently said ratepayers should pay 70 percent of the closure costs. The decision is now being contested.

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 9, 2016 – 10:44 AM

  • Justice J. Anthony Kline had blocked order to review communications
  • Lawyers seeking email access demanded that Kline recuse himself
  • Other judges will now decide whether emails should be released

Appellate Justice J. Anthony Kline, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s oldest friends, has quietly stepped away from handling a case involving Brown’s communications with the Public Utilities Commission.

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Dan Walters

 

 

 

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 1, 2016 – 2:59 PM

  • Governor and Legislature once made public policy
  • Ballot measures and court battles now dominate
  • Brown’s measure exemplifies their importance

There was a time, at least 40 years ago, when the governor and the Legislature made public policy for California.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the Capitol on Jan. 7. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Melanie Mason
February 29, 2016

Culminating a prolonged, wonky debate that has consumed the Capitol for months, legislators on Monday approved a new tax on healthcare plans that would help finance the state’s public healthcare program for the poor.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown ‘hopeful’ in California Supreme Court ruling

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown arrives for the State of the State in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol on Thursday January 21, 2016. (Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
February 27, 2016 7:43 PM

  • California governor defends administration’s handling of crime initiative
  • Brown supporters expected to start circulating petition immediately
  • Brown says “the process worked”

Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday that it only took so long to file his ballot initiative to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole because he was consulting with law enforcement groups, saying the “process worked” despite legal uncertainty surrounding the measure.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown at his State of the State address in January. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

John Myers
February 26, 2016

The California Supreme Court on Friday evening allowed Gov. Jerry Brown and his political allies to begin gathering voter signatures for a November ballot measure to revamp prison parole policy, a temporary victory until the justices determine whether state officials properly followed election laws.

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California Supreme Court

By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Feb. 25, 2016 – 8:23 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday asked California’s Supreme Court to stay a judge’s ruling that could stall his proposal to reduce the state’s prison population for two years.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 25, 2016 – 3:43 PM

  • Governor’s sentencing measure hits legal roadblock
  • He caused it by delaying submission of initiative
  • Were he to prevail, system would be distorted even more

Jerry Brown may be fuming that a Superior Court judge has blocked, at least temporarily, his ballot measure to overhaul criminal sentencing laws.

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Gavel-Legal

By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Feb. 24, 2016 – 9:36 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state judge on Wednesday blocked Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed ballot initiative to reduce California’s prison population, despite warnings that her decision could effectively stall its consideration by voters until 2018.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Dispute with utilities panel involves friend of Brown

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 23, 2016 – 4:07 PM

  • Attorney wants emails touching on nuclear plant closure
  • California Public Utilities Commission resists demand for emails
  • Old friend of governor blocks court order for email release

A legal flap over Gov. Jerry Brown’s communications with the Public Utilities Commission is escalating – and now involves one of Brown’s oldest friends.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Acts by California politicians have backfired

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 21, 2016 9:35 AM

  • Jerry Brown cites ‘unintended consequences’ of 1977 law
  • Nearly all major political decisions have such effects
  • We should be skeptical of promised benefits of legislation

When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a criminal sentencing reform measure last month, he cited the “unintended consequences” of a law he had signed nearly 40 years earlier.

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The Sacramento Bee: State spending more money than ever, but how to measure it?

California Taxes

Data Tracker
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 19, 2016 – 7:41 PM

  • Total general fund and special funding in proposed plan tops $167 billion
  • Plan reflects about $7.78 in spending for every $100 in personal income
  • More spending has been shifted from general fund to special funds

When it comes to debating whether California government spends too much money or too little, there are multiple reasons agreement is hard to come by.

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The Sacramento Bee: Prosecutors’ lawsuit challenges Jerry Brown’s crime initiative

Anne Marie Schubert

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert in January 2015. She is a plaintiff in a new lawsuit challenging a ballot measure proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 12, 2016 11:38 AM

  • Lawsuit by DA’s association said Jan. 25 amendments not germane to Dec. 22 filing
  • Suit asks a judge to order that the Brown-backed proposal start over
  • Attorney general’s office scheduled to issue title and summary for amended measure this month

California prosecutors have asked a judge to block a newly amended ballot measure championed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would make it easier for nonviolent prisoners to get parole.

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Savings

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
February 12, 2016 – 3:20 PM

  • Report says governor’s budget does not account for cost of contracting prisoners to other states

The Legislature’s non-partisan fiscal analyst believes Gov. Jerry Brown is underestimating the amount of savings from Proposition 47, the controversial ballot initiative that reduced some nonviolent drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: DAs fight governor’s measure

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 11, 2016 – 4:31 PM

  • Brown wants to overhaul criminal sentencing
  • Prosecutors say it will undermine crime-fighting
  • Other law enforcement groups still uncommitted

Wily politician that he is, Jerry Brown tried to dampen potential opposition to an overhaul of criminal sentencing laws he’ll place on the November ballot.

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The Sacramento Bee: Lawmakers unveil California health plan tax proposal

Healthcare Tax

California
Jonathan Cooper, Associated Press
February 8, 2016 – 6:26 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

The California Legislature on Monday unveiled a bill imposing a new tax on health insurance plans that would prevent a massive $1.1 billion hole in the state budget.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: California’s $400 billion debt worries analysts

Debt

By Melody Gutierrez
February 6, 2016
Updated: February 6, 2016 – 2:53pm

SACRAMENTO — California has come a long way to dig itself out of budget deficits, but the state remains on shaky ground due to nearly $400 billion in unfunded liabilities and debt from public pensions, retiree health care and bonds, financial analysts say.

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Dan Walters

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 6, 2016 3:40 PM

  • Bullet train, tunnels would be governor’s legacies
  • Both projects, however, face critical tests
  • Financing for both still very uncertain

The two immense public works projects that would be Jerry Brown legacies will soon face pivotal moments.

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Calstrs

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein
dborenstein@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 02/04/2016 06:00:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/04/2016 09:14:06 PM PST

Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown pushed through a 32-year plan to shore up the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Gov. Jerry Brown’s two taxes are not alike

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 2, 2016 – 3:37 PM

  • California’s governor wants new taxes for health care, highways
  • Republicans oppose any new levies
  • The two proposals, however, are different

Within the Capitol – and the media that cover it – there’s a tendency to conjoin Gov. Jerry Brown’s two tax-increase proposals.

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Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at Stanford University on Tuesday. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

John Myers
January 27, 2016

Almost four decades after he signed a law mandating strict sentences for the most serious crimes, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday moved to ease its effect, proposing inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses be given a chance at early release.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: PUC mess: Did Brown play role?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 26, 2016 5:09 PM

  • PUC president made secret deal on nuke plant shutdown
  • San Diego attorney hunts for connection to governor
  • Judge’s ruling could force Brown to make disclosures

Jerry Brown distances himself from embarrassing situations in the state government he ostensibly commands, never adopting Harry Truman’s “the buck stops here” attitude.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 24, 2016 – 9:02 AM

  • Jerry Brown wants to sock away extra billions
  • Democratic legislators want to spend extra billions
  • Governor warns that reserves needed to cushion recession

The single most important factor in writing a new state budget is determining how much money there is to spend.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Economic health a mixed bag

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 23, 2016 – 9:55 AM

  • California ended 2015 with employment gain
  • Yet recovery from recession has been uneven
  • High-skill and low-skill jobs grow, middling jobs stagnant

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered a mixed economic message to the Legislature last week – hailing California’s strong recovery from the Great Recession but warning it could quickly turn sour.

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The Sacramento Bee: FPPC adds reporting rules for California lobbyists

fppc logo

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
January 21, 2016 12:23 PM

  • Change requires groups to itemize ‘other payments to influence’
  • Lobbyists haven’t protested new rule
  • Critics warn that rules can be circumvented

The state’s political watchdog adopted a new lobbying rule Thursday intended to shine a spotlight on ex-lawmakers for hire who use their clout to influence legislation, powerful interest groups behind misleading advertising campaigns and activities currently concealed in a catch-all category of regulatory filings.

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Jerry Brown

State of the State address

John Myers
January 21, 2016

In a short speech with a long view of California, Gov. Jerry Brown used his State of the State address to challenge lawmakers to better balance the cyclical nature of success and setback that has dominated state government for the better part of two decades.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 21, 2016 6:08 PM

  • Jerry Brown’s State of the State address explores no new ground
  • He appears content to check off items on political bucket list for California
  • But does he see a political role as governorship winds down?

No Latin phrases. No paeans to pioneer ancestors. No quotes from obscure philosophers. A brief reference to climate change. Just a couple of mild quips.

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Contra Costa Times: California retirement liabilities remain despite surplus

Pension Reform

Associated Press
Posted: 01/18/2016 – 10:51:49 PM PST
Updated: 01/18/2016 – 10:52:19 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — The California budget that Gov. Jerry Brown proposed this month marks a shocking financial turnaround for a state that just a few years ago faced a $26 billion deficit.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California has big money, hot politics in poverty

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 17, 2016 – 9:06 AM

  • Millions of people in state are mired in poverty
  • Caring for their needs costs $200 billion a year
  • But politicians wrangle over whether it’s enough

Gov. Jerry Brown was still explaining his new budget to reporters on Jan. 7 when advocates for the poor, who didn’t like what he was saying, began firing email blasts.

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Hoover Institution

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Updated: 01/15/2016 – 06:54:32 AM PST

SACRAMENTO — When Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his annual State of the State address next week, he’s expected to cheer California’s good financial fortune, continue to hail the bullet train and stress the need to tackle climate change before it’s too late.

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The Sacramento Bee: Tax increase backers add reserve, per Jerry Brown demand

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
January 12, 2016 10:46 AM

  • Effort to extend Proposition 30 taxes changed to include reserve account funding

Less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown criticized a ballot measure to extend temporary tax increases for containing the “fatal flaw” of circumventing California’s budget reserve requirements, proponents of the initiative said Tuesday that they have amended the proposal to address his complaint.

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The Sacramento Bee: Analyst calls Jerry Brown’s budget ‘prudent’

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown carries notebook paper outlining his proposed 2016-17 state budget after a news conference at the California State Capitol Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. (Renee C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
January 11, 2016 11:38 AM

  • Legislative Analyst’s Office warns of possible economic downturn
  • Brown’s estimates for local property tax revenue about $1 billion too low

The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst on Monday called Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal a “prudent” spending plan, while arguing he may underestimate the amount of available revenue.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Tax issue nags Jerry Brown

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 10, 2016 3:30 PM

  • Brown wrestled with complex issue four decades ago
  • State has changed corporate taxation formulas several times since
  • It’s still unsettled in Brown’s second governorship

State taxation of multistate and multinational corporations is not an issue for the fainthearted.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown leaves a news conference where he unveiled his proposed 2016-17 state budget. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

John Myers
January 8, 2016

It was during a boisterous and brusque budget presentation when Gov. Jerry Brown offered a candid assessment of why he’s unwilling to grant too many legislative spending requests.

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California

Capitol Alert
By David Siders, Jim Miller and Jeremy B. White
dsiders@sacbee.com
January 7, 2016 9:45 AM

  • Democratic governor warns of possible downturn
  • Brown will build reserves more than required
  • School funding increases also planned

Gov. Jerry Brown, issuing a $170.6 billion state spending plan Thursday, proposed billions of dollars in new funding for schools, climate change programs and services for the elderly and disabled.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 7, 2016 12:08 PM

  • Brown proposes $170.7 billion budget
  • Governor warns of new recession
  • Tells legislators to curb spending plans

Gov. Jerry Brown, warning that “the next recession is getting closer,” doubled down Thursday on holding down state spending and building reserves.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses the 2012-13 budget in 2012. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

John Myers and Melanie Mason
January 7, 2015

In an effort to break a political and policy logjam, Gov. Jerry Brown will unveil a state budget that revamps a controversial tax on health plans to avoid jeopardizing federal healthcare dollars.

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The Sacramento Bee: Five things to watch for in Jerry Brown’s budget proposal

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown, waits to answers questions during a news conference where he announced a budget agreement last June. Brown will release his latest budget proposal Thursday. (Renee C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
January 5, 2016 5:34 PM

  • Democratic governor will release spending plan Thursday
  • Revenue running above last year’s estimates
  • Brown and fellow Democrats in Legislature have butted heads on spending proposals

Gov. Jerry Brown will release his budget proposal for the coming year Thursday, amid a strong state economy and fiscal experts’ predictions that tax revenue will continue to surpass estimates from last June.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California’s budget windfall could be flashpoint

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 4, 2016 2:37 PM

  • State getting billions of extra dollars
  • Democrats want to spend financial windfall
  • Gov. Jerry Brown remains reluctant

Halfway through the 2015-16 fiscal year, state finances are continuing to improve with billions of extra revenue dollars.

Ordinarily, that would be good news.

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The Sacramento Bee: What happened in California politics in 2015?

California Capitol

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
December 30, 2015 10:00 PM

No legislators were arrested for corruption, but 2015 was another turbulent year in California politics, full of globetrotting politicians, hours upon hours of emotional testimony at the Capitol, and the state’s first open U.S. Senate race in more than two decades. If you can’t remember it all, we’ve got you covered – from the landmark legislation to the television sitcom appearances.

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Kevin de Leon+Jerry Brown+Toni Atkins

California Gov. Jerry Brown, with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, in June. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

John Myers
December 11, 2015

In the eyes of Martin Weil, it’s not the hard slog of political deal-making that explains why his 26-year old daughter, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy who is unable to speak, struggles to keep the services she needs.

It’s more like political malpractice.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: Brown is no stranger to CPUC involvement

San Bruno

In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., after a lethal 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in flames, killing eight people. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Jeff McDonald

By Jeff McDonald | 7 a.m. Dec. 7, 2015 | Updated, noon

  • Governor doesn’t stop at making commission appointments

A new batch of emails released by the City of San Bruno last week show Gov. Jerry Brown supervising his appointees on the California Public Utilities Commission closely.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Shell game on taxes must stop

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 1, 2015

  • State has levied special tax to finance Medi-Cal
  • Feds say that tax is no longer acceptable
  • Gov. Brown struggles to write a replacement

For years, the state has conducted something of a shell game to help finance Medi-Cal, its health insurance system for the poor that now covers nearly a third of Californians.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: State still owes one huge debt

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 25, 2015

  • California borrowed $10 billion for unemployment insurance
  • Taxes on employers raised to repay big debt
  • However, insurance fund still insolvent

When Jerry Brown returned to the governorship in 2011, he pledged to clean up the state’s finances and pay off a “wall of debt.”

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InlandPolitics: Opinion: Jerry Brown right on CalPERS funding problem

Jerry Brown

Brown

Monday, November 23, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Not that I agree with California Governor Jerry Brown on much.

But he’s correct regarding the fix to the under-funding problem affecting the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 22, 2015

  • California continues to see strong revenue gains
  • Jerry Brown wants to build rainy-day reserves
  • Other Democrats have spending plans in mind

As the Great Recession gripped California, state revenues plummeted by 20 percent and Capitol politicians and major stakeholders battled over which programs would take the hits.

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Los Angeles Times: CalPERS pay-down plan isn’t fast enough for Gov. Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s disappointment over the CalPERS plans hints at a larger tug of war between him and the state employee unions. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

John Myers
November 19, 2015

  • Jerry Brown disagrees with the new CalPERS pay-down plan

If there is one thing that Gov. Jerry Brown has made a calling card since returning to office in 2011, it’s a push toward paying down government debt.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Is California’s economy booming? Not really

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 17, 2015

  • De León, Brown tout carbon reduction as economic benefit
  • However, the connection is tenuous
  • The state’s economy remains relatively lethargic

Kevin de León, the state Senate’s president pro tem, has been making his way slowly to a global conference on climate change in Paris next month.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday told federal judges that California needs to change how it sets prison sentences. (Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times)

Paige St. John
November 4, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown used a forum for federal judges Wednesday to make the case in strong terms that California’s crime laws have gone too far and inmate behavior should play a greater role in determining the length of a prison stay.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: More trouble for governor’s rail project

Jerry Brown+High Speed Rail

By Steven Greenhut | Oct. 30, 2015 – 2:53 p.m.

  • Concealed report: Overruns, delays plague high-speed rail

Sacramento — One of the biggest problems with Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to battle climate change is the “do or die” nature of the situation. Based on his rhetoric, there’s little room for debate over costs, benefits, details and oversight. When the future of the Earth is at stake, then nothing else seems to matter. A new brouhaha over one of Brown’s signature anti-climate-change projects illustrates this situation.

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The Press-Enterprise: COURTS: Governor’s veto extends chronic Inland judge shortage

Scales of Justice

The vetoed SB 229 would have spent $5 million on 12 superior court judges, seven of whom likely would have come here.

Published: Oct. 23, 2015
Updated: Oct. 26, 2015 6:44 a.m.

The Inland Empire’s wait for justice — or its wait for more judges to be precise — continues after the governor’s veto of a bill that would have added judges to this area, which continues to suffer from a chronic shortage.

To read article by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Foothill Freeway

The Foothill Freeway and Sunland Boulevard intersect at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, through which about 20 miles of tunnels will be required. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Ralph Vartabedian
October 24, 2015

  • Bullet train project likely to overshoot budget and deadline targets

The monumental task of building California’s bullet train will require punching 36 miles of tunnels through the geologically complex mountains north of Los Angeles.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 24, 2015

  • California governor sees inconsistency as virtue
  • He displayed it again on this year’s bills
  • Brown even contradicted himself

Over his half-century as a practitioner of California politics, Jerry Brown has proved himself to be consistently inconsistent.

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water-dam

Sarah D. Wire
October 21, 2015

The Republican members of California’s delegation are demanding a government plan to store the deluge of water that could come with El Niño this winter.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, center, surrounded by firefighters and first responders, speaks at a news conference at Cowboy Camp Trailhead during the Rocky fire in August. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Paige St. John
October 18, 2015

The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a blackened ridge and, flanked by firefighters, delivered a battle cry against climate change.

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California Highway

Democrats and Republicans alike want to fix California’s dilapidated streets, highways and bridges, but there’s not enough support for the higher taxes that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to pay for it. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Chris Megerian
October 18, 2015

A little more than a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown was touting an outbreak of bipartisanship in the Capitol. Lawmakers from both parties backed crucial deals on water and state finances — “a high point in our work together,” the governor said.

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs one of the hundreds of bills he has left to deal with as Garciela Castillo-Krings, right, his deputy legislative secretary, looks on Friday at his Capitol office in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Gov. Jerry Brown signs one of the hundreds of bills he has left to deal with as Garciela Castillo-Krings, right, his deputy legislative secretary, looks on Friday at his Capitol office in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 10/12/2015 06:02:18 AM PDT
Updated: 10/12/2015 06:03:01 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown often quotes erudite authors and ancient texts to help explain his thinking. But in a raft of vetoes issued ahead of Sunday’s midnight deadline to act on legislation, his message came through loud and clear — Legislature, you messed up.

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