Archive for the ‘ Jerry Brown ’ Category

The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Governor has two big wishes

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 27, 2015

  • Jerry Brown wants two big water tunnels
  • He also wants north-south bullet train
  • Both projects face bumpy roads

Jerry Brown has a vision, or a hope, or perhaps just a fingers-crossed wish.

It is that when he finally departs from the governorship in January 2019, construction will be unstoppably underway on two immense public works projects.

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Los Angeles Times: Gov. Jerry Brown signs new $167.6-billion state budge

California Money

By Chris Megerian
June 24, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new $167.6-billion budget Wednesday that expands child care, boosts funding for public schools and opens the state’s public healthcare program to children in the country illegally, but leaves some key issues unresolved.

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The Sun: No help from Sacramento for San Bernardino

No

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/23/15 – 6:01 PM PDT |

  • Jerry Brown: California’s governor has turned down San Bernadino’s request for help.

SAN BERNARDINO >> Gov. Jerry Brown has given his response to the optimistic request for help on six different fronts that Mayor Carey Davis and his allies made in a trip to Sacramento.

The answer is no.

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California Courts of Appeal

Politics Blog
By Bob Egelko
June 23, 2015 – 4:39 PM

Like his last state Supreme Court appointee, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest appellate court nominees is a young Obama administration lawyer with no judicial experience. The current pick, Lamar Baker, is stirring up a certain amount of controversy.

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Money

Capitol Alert
June 22, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

  • Senate officials say extra money helps solve upper house’s budget problems
  • Assembly’s increase is the largest since before recession

California’s legislative branch will be among the beneficiaries of the $115.4 billion general fund spending plan on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, with both houses receiving funding increases nearly 10 times last year’s rate.

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The Sacramento Bee: This time for real: Legislature passes (another) budget

State Capitol

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jeremy B. White
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 19, 2015

Three days after Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders reached agreement on a $115.4 billion general fund state spending plan, lawmakers in both houses on Friday ratified the deal.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Our roads are just shameful

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 18, 2015

  • Gov. Jerry Brown calls for new roadway financing
  • Californians already pay very high gas taxes
  • Would be it more gas tax or another levy?

There was a time when California was teaching the world how to build first-class highway systems.

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The Sacramento Bee: Fact check: Jerry Brown was asked about tax pledge last year

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a gathering of political, business and community leaders at the annual California Chamber of Commerce Host Breakfast in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 28, 2015. | Rich Pedroncelli AP

Capitol Alert
June 16, 2015
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com

  • Brown says he wasn’t asked about keeping tax pledge in fourth term
  • He was asked, but ducked the question

Gov. Jerry Brown, asked Tuesday if he would now be willing to sign tax increases without voter approval, said that is an “open question.”

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. is joined by, from left to right, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, as they head to a press conference at the state Capitol. | Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Budget passage meets constitutional deadline
  • Actions set stage for negotiations with Gov. Brown
  • Legislature’s leaders can blame governor for blocking their programs

Some years ago, a state senator publicly accused a colleague of uttering “mindless blather.”

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Transportation
By Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
dwalsh@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Evidence in a Sacramento court case suggests officers are encouraged to increase traffic stops
  • Judge says CHP ‘should be ashamed’ of evidence presented
  • California Highway Patrol flatly denies quotas exist

For years, the California Highway Patrol has consistently denied that its officers are subject to a quota for the number of traffic tickets they write each month.

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Los Angeles Times: State lawmakers set to approve budget with increased spending

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown

By Chris Megerian
June 14, 2015

The Legislature is expected to approve a budget Monday that bets on California’s economy to continue growing and sets the stage for higher state spending in coming years.

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The Sacamento Bee: Opinion: A big debt omitted from ‘wall’

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 11, 2015

  • Jerry Brown has reduced ‘wall of debt’
  • He excluded $10 billion owed to feds
  • Ignoring it could create big problem

Three years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown added “wall of debt” to the political lexicon.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
June 6, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

  • Unemployment drops, state revenue soars
  • But California’s recovery is not even
  • Gov. Jerry Brown worries about another recession

California’s economy is recovering from its worst recession since the Great Depression – more or less.

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KPCC: Anti-poverty bills may pile up on Governor Brown’s desk

Gov. Jerry Brown

Governor Jerry Brown has faced criticism he’s not doing enough for California’s poor. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Rina Palta
June 04, 05:47 PM

As legislative deadlines near, a handfuls of bills aimed at aiding the poor are advancing through the state legislature this week.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, state officials lobby Gov. Jerry Brown for help

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/02/15 – 7:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayor Carey Davis and Councilwoman Virginia Marquez joined with legislative allies in Sacramento Tuesday to lobby Gov. Jerry Brown’s office for his help.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
June 1, 2015

  • Draft legislation lowers benefits for future hires when they retire
  • Brown bargaining medical coverage terms with unions

Even as Gov. Jerry Brown bargains changes to retiree health benefits with four state-employee unions, his administration has drawn up some unnumbered bills that reveal the governor’s thinking on how to cut those costs long-term.

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The Sacramento Bee: Will tax credit for the poor go on forever?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 30, 2015

  • Jerry Brown wants California to give working poor ‘earned income tax credit’
  • Governor insists it’s not ‘entitlement’
  • It’s likely to become one, however

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed an “earned income tax credit” for California’s working poor.

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California Capitol

By Jessica Calefati, Bay Area News Group
Posted: 05/26/15 – 9:04 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO ­>> With less than a month to go until the deadline to pass a new state budget, Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday released dueling spending plans that are oddly far apart on key issues such as child care and higher education.

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Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Misdirection on California budget bills is disgraceful

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 25, 2015

  • State budget is entering its final phase
  • As issues are ironed out, ‘trailer bills’ are written
  • But trailers are misused for non-budget issues

The annual state budget cycle is approaching the latter stages, when Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators chew through their remaining differences and, presumably, reach agreement.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has opposed an extension of Proposition 30, the 2012 measure that temporarily increased the sales tax by a quarter-cent and raised levies on high earners. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

By Chris Megerian
May 25, 2015

When it comes to California’s roller-coaster finances, Gov. Jerry Brown has bent lawmakers and voters to his will, rejecting new spending programs, passing a temporary tax hike and strengthening the state’s rainy-day fund.

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tax

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/24/2015 – 06:13:21 AM PDT
Updated: 05/25/2015 07:14:59 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped to resolve some of California’s toughest fiscal challenges — mainly huge structural deficits and old, forgotten debts.

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Los Angeles Times: Analysts see $1.1 billion more available for spending

California Money

New revenue estimate shows likely fault line over spending in budget battle between governor and lawmakers

By Chris Megerian
May 19, 2015

The battle lines in the annual tug-of-war over the state budget became clear on Monday evening, when legislative analysts said there would be $1.1 billion more revenue available for discretionary spending than Gov. Jerry Brown has estimated.

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Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown is in favor of ending temporary taxes under voter-approved Proposition 30.

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/18/2015 – 05:50:33 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised state budget late last week, the news that California is swimming in black ink rightfully stole the show.

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Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar lost millions in state vehicle license fees four years ago.

Published: May 14, 2015 – Updated: 10:21 p.m.

Four cities in Riverside County still coping with a 4-year-old revenue hit could get relief in the revised state budget offered by Gov. Jerry Brownon Thursday, May 14.

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

California Money

By Larry Gordon, Teresa Watanabe and Carla Rivera
May 14, 2015

The big winners in Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to sharply increase education funding are California undergraduates at UC, who will have their tuition frozen for two more years, and the millions of elementary, secondary and community college students who are likely to see more teachers and counselors hired on their campuses.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 14, 2015

The state’s revenue system is, as we should all know by now, increasingly dependent on taxes from a relative handful of high-income Californians.

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Jerry Brown

Those given pay raises by a state panel Monday include California Gov. Jerry Brown, pictured on May 6, and other state legislators and elected officials. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy contact the reporter
May 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO — A state panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown voted Monday to give the governor, state legislators and many other officials a 3% pay raise, saying it would make their salaries more competitive with leaders elsewhere.

The increases will take effect Dec. 7.

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The Sacramento Bee: Gov. Jerry Brown to boost school spending amid surplus

Schools

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
May 10, 2015

Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week.

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The Sacramento Bee: Prepare for a deluge as Delta begins boiling over

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking at the Association of California Water Agencies conference last week, made clear that in his fourth and final term, he intends to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. | Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press

Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
dmorain@sacbee.com
May 9, 2015

Jerry Brown was sounding a little like an eccentric uncle-governor the other day as he muttered about Spaceship Earth, how he got the Moonbeam moniker, and, yes, the need to recycle human waste into water.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown to water tunnels critics: ‘Shut up’

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to water managers from throughout the state at the Association of California Water Agencies conference at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 6, 2015
By David Siders and Dale Kasler
dsiders@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that critics of his twin tunnels water diversion plan should “shut up” until they spend more time studying it, defending the project and strict water conservation rules as California grapples with a fourth year of drought.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 3, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

Since becoming governor for the second time, Jerry Brown has preached the virtues of what he calls “subsidiarity” – reversing the concentration of governmental finances in Sacramento that began when he was governor the first time.

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Money Printing Press

By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/02/2015 – 04:17:37 PM PDT
Updated: 05/02/2015 – 04:26:59 PM PDT

Just because Gov. Jerry Brown has already run his last election campaign doesn’t mean wealthy contributors can no longer find a way to his heart.

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waterdrop

By David Siders and Phillip Reese
May 1, 2015
dsiders@sacbee.com

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

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Drought

Fenit Nirappil and Juliet Williams, Associated Press
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – Updated 7:42 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday called for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water during the drought, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets.

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Los Angeles Times: For California governors, the roller-coaster ride is routine

Pete Wilson+Gray Davis

Former Gov. Pete Wilson, left, and Gov. Gray Davis with moderator Jim Newton at a Town Hall Los Angeles luncheon on Wednesday. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
April 19, 2015

Two former governors sat before a crowd of civic leaders last week, a serene 51 floors above the lunch-hour cacophony of Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles. Pete Wilson and Gray Davis were doing what politicians do, debating the fine points of policy.

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Drought Watch

By Chris Megerian
April 16, 2015

With criticism of new conservation regulations pouring in from local officials, Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders defended Thursday his executive order requiring a 25% reduction in water use.

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InlandPolitics: Brown needs reality check, and maybe a calculator

Reality Check

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s forcing residents to cut water use in light of the drought-induced water shortage.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/07/2015 – 8:27 PM

April is the most important month for the state budget, due to its over-reliance on personal income taxes, and every indication points to a strong flow of revenues. But it creates a political problem for Gov. Jerry Brown.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Jerry Brown now a champion for farmers

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/07/2015 – 7:37 AM

It was somewhat incongruous to watch Gov. Jerry Brown defend California’s farmers and their water use on national television Sunday.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, announcing an order to slash urban water usage last week, said California’s agricultural needs are best kept separate from its policies for cities and towns. But if the drought goes on, he said, state water allocations to farms could also be reduced.

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
04/05/2015 – 4:36 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown defended the agriculture industry’s heavy water use in an interview aired Sunday, but he said historic water rights are “probably going to be examined” if the drought persists.

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waterdrop

By Grace Wong and Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and
Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 04/04/15 – 10:37 AM PDT

The governor’s order last week that all of California cut urban water use by 25 percent could be heard all the way to Ed Neighbors’ lawn in North Fontana.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/05/2015 – 8:11 AM

Responses to crises often define political executives – presidents, governors and big-city mayors – for posterity.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown releases emails from private account

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
04/03/2015 – 8:28 PM

In an unusual disclosure, Gov. Jerry Brown late Thursday released 113 pages of work-related emails from his personal account, a collection evincing a governor who works late, appreciates brevity and holds a keen interest in media coverage of his administration.

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Secret Email

By Michael R. Blood and Juliet Williams
Associated Press
03/30/2015 – 12:12 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other top elected officials in California acknowledge using personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it’s not clear if their private exchanges are retained as public records or subject to disclosure.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: California bullet train: High cost, tiny impact

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/28/2015 – 7:35 PM

A few years ago, when it was first proposed that state “cap-and-trade” fees on carbon emissions be used for the state’s bullet train project, the Legislature’s budget analyst questioned its legality.

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Calpensions: LAO: consider phasing out retiree health care

LAO

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 23, 2015

Gov. Brown’s plan to curb the long-ignored debt for state worker retiree health care, now much larger than their unfunded pension debt, may look familiar. It’s similar to the standard state and local government pension reform.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
03/18/2015 – 4:27 PM

Unions lined up Wednesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to offer high-deductible medical coverage to state employees, suggesting it could hurt workers’ health instead of improving it.

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California Supreme Court

California Supreme Court Justices Leondra Kruger, center, and Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, right, provided the necessary votes to rehear a death penalty case. (S. Todd Rogers / Associated Press)

By Maura Dolan
March 11, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown’s two newest appointees to the California Supreme Court provided enough votes Wednesday for reconsideration of a death penalty case, the first example of the impact Brown is having on the state’s highest court.

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The P-E: POLITICS: Three months, no details about appointment process

Jerry Brown

Gov. Brown’s office declines to release any details about who applied for Riverside County Board of Supervisors post.

Published: March 8, 2015 Updated: 11:39 p.m.

It took three months for Gov. Jerry Brown to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors created when Jeff Stone was elected to the state Senate in November.

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Pay Cut

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 9, 2015

Something that rarely happens in California could result from Gov. Brown’s proposal to contain growing state worker retiree health care costs — benefits received by current government retirees might be reduced.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/08/2015 9:05 PM

Let’s assume – at least for this missive – that two years hence, Kamala Harris will have begun her new job: U.S. senator.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: SEIU backed Washington’s bid for supervisor

SEIU

Published: March 6, 2015 – Updated: 4:12 p.m.

The pick of Chuck Washington to be Riverside County supervisor comes with the support of a major public employee union.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

SacBee: Opinion: ‘Reality lag’ plagues our politicians

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/08/2015 12:01 AM

It’s customary to attach the honorific “leader” to those who hold high political office, implying that they are drum majors at the head of the civic parade.

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SacBee: Big Prop. 47 loopholes biting back

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/24/2015 5:46 PM

California’s legislators are now eager to plug some gaping – and potentially dangerous – loopholes in criminal laws that voters opened last year by passing Proposition 47.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Jerry Brown riding high, but not his big projects

Field Poll

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
02/24/2015 12:00 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown remains popular, according to a new poll

But not the big projects he supports, which appear to weigh him down.

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SacBee: California officials to fete Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey

In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 file photo, Michael Peevey, the president of the California Public Utilities Commission, listens to a speaker at Irvine City Hall in Irvine, Calif. (Mark Rightmire/AP)

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
02/10/2015 3:14 PM

Amid the ongoing drip of revelations into back channel communications between Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the California Public Utilities Commission, Brown administration officials and other political heavyweights are sponsoring a tribute dinner for Michael Peevey, the embattled former president of the PUC.

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AP: Brown seeks money for fixing roads as gas tax value plunges

Taxes

Fenit Nirappil | AP
February 08, 09:41 AM

California lawmakers are looking at new ways to pay for crumbling roads, bridges and highways as the traditional repair fund from gasoline taxes dries up.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown’s state insurance plan could hurt retirees

Jon Ortiz

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 7:54 AM

If you’re a state retiree or planning to become one, a piece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 budget proposal could hit your wallet.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More names surface as potential Jeff Stone replacements

Riverside-County-Seal

Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 3:21 p.m.

Councilmen from San Jacinto and Murrieta are among those seeking to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors as the wait continues for Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint a replacement for Jeff Stone.

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

SacBee: Opinion: California’s budget saga sparks book

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/01/2015 12:01 AM

Although the state budget is finally balanced after years of deficits, polls tell us that most Californians are still concerned about the state’s fiscal stability.

Their concern is well-placed.

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SacBee: Amid report Michael Peevey’s home searched, Jerry Brown praises PUC

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/29/2015 3:36 PM

SAN FRANCISCO – Even as it was reported that state investigators seized computers and other items from Michael Peevey’s home, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday offered only praise for the former president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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AP: Fight over taxes looms between Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

The financial crisis has passed and the economy is rebounding, but the fight over taxes is about to resume between Governor Jerry Brown and members of the California legislature. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Juliet Williams | AP
January 25, 09:16 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

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Jon Ortiz

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
01/26/2015 7:31 AM

After years of making concessions to Gov. Jerry Brown, California labor leaders had hoped that the fourth-and-final-term Democrat finally would be in a giving mood.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, Janet Napolitano form committee of two

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, right, gestures while speaking out against tuition increases as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, listens during a November meeting of the University of California Board of Regents in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/ The Associated Press)

By David Siders and Alexei Koseff
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/21/2015 11:46 PM

University of California President Janet Napolitano could hardly have been more dismissive when Gov. Jerry Brown proposed in November that, instead of threatening to raise tuition, UC create a commission to find ways to reduce costs.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
January 21, 2015

On the day justices Mariano-Florentino Cuellar and Leondra R. Kruger were sworn in this month, the California Supreme Court issued a 4-3 ruling leaving in place a death sentence for a man with a long criminal record.

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SacBee: Opinion: Fixing California’s roads will be tough chore

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/18/2015 9:30 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown has issued two clarion calls for actions that would affect what tens of millions of Californians do every day – drive their cars – but there may be a conflict between the two.

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SacBee: Brown’s pet proposition is just a stopgap

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/17/2015 5:32 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown exudes pride that voters approved Proposition 2, which creates California’s first meaningful budget reserve, hailing it as a bulwark against periodic flirtations with fiscal insolvency.

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SacBee: Fiscal analyst offers early take on ‘prudent’ Jerry Brown budget

Mac Taylor

By David Siders and Jim Miller

dsiders@sacbee.com
01/14/2015 7:50 AM

The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst on Tuesday called Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget a “prudent” spending plan, while noting that the proposal might underestimate state revenue by up to billions of dollars through June.

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SacBee: Opinion: Budget OK now, but how long?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/13/2015 7:59 PM

As California’s economy continues its slow but steady recovery from the Great Recession, it will make balancing the state budget relatively easy, at least for another couple of years.

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InlandPolitics: Constitutional office vacancies filled by Governor

Question Mark

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

To answer a question from several readers.

In the event California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) takes the seat being vacated by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D), Governor Jerry Brown (D), not voters, will pick her successor.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/12/2015 11:29 PM

Barbara Boxer’s decision to retire from the U.S. Senate dissipates some of the fog that has been obscuring California’s political landscape.

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Calpensions: Brown plan to eliminate retiree health care debt

By Ed Mendel
Monday, January 12, 2015

Gov. Brown wants state workers to begin paying half the cost of their future retiree health care — a big change for workers making no payments for coverage that can pay 100 percent of the premium for a retiree and 90 percent for their dependents.

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Capitol Weekly

By Anthony York
January 11, 2015

During his press conference outlining his new $164.7 billion state spending plan, Gov. Jerry Brown made extensive remarks about Californians living in poverty, and the challenges the state faces in dealing with those who continue to struggle economically.

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SacBee: Key aspects of the governor’s proposed California budget

The Associated Press
01/09/2015 5:46 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a record $113 billion California budget amid an improving economy. It’s a 5.4 percent increase from the current $107.4 billion general fund spending.

Here are highlights of his spending plan:

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Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
01/09/2015 11:38 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants state workers to begin contributing toward their retiree health benefits and that he will take up the issue at the bargaining table beginning this year.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown’s budget plan will hold line on higher education spending

Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown uses a chart to explain his budget a year ago. He presents his first 2015-16 budget Friday. (Randall Benton – Sacramento Bee file)

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
01/09/2015 – 12:13 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown plans to propose a $113.3 billion general fund state budget Friday that holds fast in response to the University of California’s threat to raise tuition unless the state gives the university system more money.

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Calculator+Finance+Budget

By Chris Megerian
January 9, 2015

The state’s mountain of medical bills threatens to undermine Gov. Jerry Brown’s fiscal goals

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SacBee: Opinion: Bullet train pep rally and reality

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/07/2015 7:48 AM

It was billed as a “groundbreaking,” but no ground was broken, even metaphorically.

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FoxHounds: Brown the Juggler

Joel Fox

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Jerry Brown, the adroit political juggler, was on full display during his Inaugural Address/State of the State Speech yesterday keeping in the air at the same time the notion of more spending while also tossing about the importance of fiscal responsibility.

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SacBee: Opinion: Gov. Jerry Brown now risk-averse, predictable

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/05/2015 7:58 PM

Jerry Brown was just 44 years old in 1982 but had already served two terms as governor of California, run for president twice and seen his bid for a U.S. Senate seat resoundingly rejected.

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High-Speed Rail

California has been considering a high-speed rail link between L.A. and the Bay Area since Gov. Jerry Brown’s first terms as governor in the late-70s. This week, construction on the $68-billion project gets underway in Fresno. (Associated Press)

By Ralph Vartabedian
January 4, 2015

Ground will be broken Tuesday in Fresno on the first 29-mile segment of the $68-billion line

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Calpensions: Will Brown propose paying judges pension debt?

Question Mark

By Ed Mendel
Monday, January 5, 2015

In what has been a futile annual ritual, CalPERS President Rob Feckner sent the governor and Legislature a letter last March urging advance funding of a closed judges pension plan, a change estimated to save $753 million to $2.3 billion in the long run.

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Sacbee: Opinion: California Democrats may clash on spending

 

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/04/2015 12:01 AM

It’s a new year and the Capitol’s Democrats should be singing Franklin Roosevelt’s old campaign song, “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

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SacBee: Brown looks to history as he builds a new high court

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown, with his wife, Anne Gust Brown by his side is sworn in by Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California State Supreme Court, right, during his inauguration at Memorial Auditorium in 2011.

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
12/28/2014 8:38 AM

Amid pomp and self-important speechifying, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris and the other statewide elected officials will take their oaths of office a week from Monday.

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SacBee: Gov. Jerry Brown pardons 104 for Christmas

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown continued his tradition of issuing pardons on Christmas Eve. (Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press)

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
12/24/2014 7:21 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 104 people on Wednesday, continuing his tradition of granting judicial mercy for Christmas.

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