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SacBee: Dan Walters: ‘California Comeback’ hasn’t helped everyone

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 1, 2014 – 9:57 am

As Gov. Jerry Brown runs for re-election, he has adopted “California Comeback” – voiced during his State of the State address in January – as his informal slogan.

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LATimes: In state Capitol, intransigence gives way to bipartisan deal-making

State Capitol

By Chris Megerian
August 30, 2014

It was past dark when a contingent of Republican senators filed into Gov. Jerry Brown’s Capitol office as the deadline loomed for a plan to overhaul California’s aging water system.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 – 12:00 am

The close of the Legislature’s 2012-14 biennial session also marks the end of a noteworthy period – Jerry Brown’s third term as governor and the reigns of the Legislature’s two top leaders.

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SacBee: California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 – 11:36 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 – 11:44 am

California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the American Federation of Teachers convention in June in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes, AP)

By Howard Blume
August 29, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal Friday of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Pension fatteners reveal some strange public work rules

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 – 10:01 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 – 11:13 pm

Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature agreed to a mild reform of public employee pensions aimed, they said, at reducing manipulation of the system and reducing long-term costs.

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calpers

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 11:10 am

A divided CalPERS board approved a regulation Wednesday that will allow nearly 100 different types of supplemental pay to count toward pension calculations for state and local government employees.

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SacBee: Water bond headed to voters

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 – 9:40 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 12:15 am

California voters will be asked to authorize $7.5 billion to bolster the state’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems in November, as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday struck a long-sought deal to move a new water bond to the ballot.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: New water bond may be close, but it’s not fully cooked yet

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 10:27 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 11:30 pm

Chances are that sometime Wednesday the Legislature will place a new water bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: As clock ticks, chances for water bond fade

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 6:34 am

With just three weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session and the official deadline for placing issues on the Nov. 4 ballot long since passed, one might think that the Capitol’s politicians would be working night and day to write a new water bond.

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Tax Reform

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 07/22/2014 07:15:34 PM PDT3 Comments
Updated: 07/22/2014 08:09:01 PM PDT

Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes — and possibly raising them without a vote of the public — to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Monday, July 21, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Monday morning. In case you missed it!

Jerry Brown for President?

We’ll start off with this morning’s humor.

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Politico: Political shakeup looms in California

California Democrats

From top left, clockwise: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris are pictured in this composite. | Getty

Politico

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 7/20/14 5:29 PM EDT – Updated: 7/21/14 6:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — The rumblings are early but unmistakable: A political earthquake is — finally — headed to California.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 – 9:25 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 – 6:52 am

The Legislature’s Democrats voted to place an advisory measure on the Nov. 4 ballot, asking voters whether Congress should pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly controversial ruling removing barriers on corporate contributions in federal campaigns.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Governor could take up bill to restore cities’ funds

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But it could still be a struggle to get Gov. Jerry Brown to provide millions of dollars to four cities hammered by the 2011 loss of fee revenue.

Published: July 16, 2014 Updated: July 17, 2014 9:18 a.m.

A bill giving millions of dollars to four fledgling Riverside County cities appears headed for the governor’s desk, but there’s no guarantee it will be signed, the county’s lobbyist told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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

The Atlantic: California High-Speed Rail—the Critics’ Case

Louisiana Purchase

The Louisiana Purchase, most fortunate land deal in American history, was to Thomas Jefferson’s critics a case of unconstitutional overreach. ( St. Louis Public Library )

Every big infrastructure project is controversial. Most of them work out better than critics contend early on. But maybe the critics are right about high-speed rail. Let’s hear what they say.

James Fallows
July 11 2014, 4:11 PM ET

Every big peacetime project that any democracy has ever undertaken has generated controversy.

In retrospect, both the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the Alaska Purchase of 1867 look like Heaven-sent, near-theft, no-brainer, “where would we possibly be without them?” steps in the development of American scale and might. But each met bitter opposition in its time.

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Calpensions: Brown pension reform still has missing pieces

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
Monday, July 7, 2014

A bill that started out as Gov. Brown’s proposal to restructure the CalPERS board emerged from the Legislature last week as a more modest change: a requirement that CalPERS board members receive 24 hours of education in pension fund operations.

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DailyBulletin: Torres’ anti-corruption bills pass two more Assembly committees

Norma Torres

Torres

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/24/14, 8:45 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

A pair of legislative bills drafted by Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, in response to San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case passed two Assembly committees on Tuesday, continuing their path to Gov. Jerry Brown for final review and possible signing into law.

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Jerry Brown+Neel Kashkari

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
June 25, 2014

Democrat Jerry Brown has little to fear from his GOP challenger, Neel Kashkari, according to the latest Field Poll that finds the governor leading by 20 points – 52-32% — including 13% among Republicans.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs teacher pension fund bill

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday to begin paying down an estimated shortfall of more than $74 billion in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, acting on the last of a raft of budget-related bills ahead of the July 1 start of the next fiscal year.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 – 9:31 pm

Jerry Brown may not be universally admired, but polls indicate that he’s virtually certain to win a record fourth term as governor, perhaps even in a landslide, and thus four more years to cement his place in political history.

However, that place depends largely on how well these major acts, all works in progress, of term No. 3 pan out:

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LATimes: Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison reforms haven’t lived up to his billing

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Paige St. John
June 21, 2014

Nearly 15 months after launching what he called the “boldest move in criminal justice in decades,” Gov. Jerry Brown declared victory over a prison crisis that had appalled federal judges and stumped governors for two decades.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs $156.3 billion state budget

California Seal

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 20, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget Friday, one of the earliest signings in recent history, his office announced.

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DailyBulletin: What would it take for Gov. Jerry Brown to lose?

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, walks outside the Old Governors Mansion on election night in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Brown easily advanced to the November general election with early returns showing him with 57 percent of the vote. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Josh Richman, jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 06/17/14, 9:04 PM PDT |

Gov. Jerry Brown in a steamy political scandal? Unlikely.

Another national economic collapse? Also a long shot.

After this month’s primary election, the real question is: Does a rookie Republican like Neel Kashkari have any chance of toppling a popular governor in an ultrablue state?

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 10:17 pm

The Legislature kept Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet bullet train project alive by allocating $250 million from “cap-and-trade” greenhouse gas fees on business in the new state budget.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some new flowing across the transom Tuesday morning, in case you missed it!

Inland Cities budget woes ease

Several Inland Empire cities are facing a less dicier budget picture in their upcoming fiscal years.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 – 9:45 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 7:16 am

The political infighting over the next state budget began Sunday night, just minutes after the Legislature passed one that would spend $156.4 billion – $200 billion-plus when federal funds are included – in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 – 12:00 am

The Capitol has a long, sometimes unsavory, history of attaching extraneous matters of uncertain lineage to the state budget at the last minute.

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LATimes: Kevin McCarthy blasts bullet train funding in California budget deal

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Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Melanie Mason
June 13, 2014

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the leading contender to be the next House majority leader, slammed Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Friday for striking a budget deal that includes hundreds of millions of dollars for the controversial high-speed rail project.

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State Capitol

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 13, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made it clear Friday that they have reached an agreement on a new state budget.

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SacBee: Budget deal spends cap-and-trade funds on high-speed rail

Taxes

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 – 11:16 pm

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed using carbon-reduction revenue to prop up California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, Brown and legislative leaders reached budget agreements Thursday that include the controversial funding plan, as well as money to pay overtime for in-home supportive services and increase welfare-to-work grants.

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Schools

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 12, 2014

Against the backdrop of a ruling declaring California’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional, the Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown legislation speeding the teacher firing process.

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California Seal

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com

Posted: 06/10/2014 06:51:33 PM PDT
Updated: 06/10/2014 08:04:40 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — The knockdown, drag-out partisan fights, stretching on for months, are history. These days, state budget negotiations are downright cordial.

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SFChronicle: Bump at pump in January to help speed bullet train project

Jerry Brown+High Speed Rail

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 3:02 am, Monday, June 9, 2014

California drivers are going to see a bump at the pump starting Jan. 1 – with a good chunk of the money going to kick-start Gov. Jerry Brown’s struggling high-speed rail project.

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California Money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 – 6:13 am

With less than a week before the constitutional deadline to pass a budget, the Democrats in control at the California Capitol are at odds on the big questions: how much money the state will take in, how it should be spent, and how major programs should be structured.

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InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

Election Results

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a recap of the June 3 Primary Election results for contests of interest.

Record low, and we mean low, turnout was projected, and it happened!

But no one expected it to be this low.

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LATimes: Poll: Jerry Brown leads, GOP foes in dead heat for No. 2 in primary

Elections

In poll, Republican Neel Kashkari makes gains against GOP rival Tim Donnelly

Seema Mehta, Michael Finnegan
June 1, 2014

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, but the race among GOP candidates seeking to take him on in November has become a dead heat just days before Tuesday’s election, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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LATimes: Past Republican donors rebuffing GOP candidates to back Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has received nearly $2 million from donors who gave to the GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2010. That’s more than three times what these donors have given to Brown’s 2014 Republican rivals. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Seema Mehta
May 25, 2014

With Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown expected to romp to reelection this year against little-known rivals, many donors who gave Republican candidates more than $37 million in the last gubernatorial contest are now keeping their hands in their pockets.

But those who are writing checks are largely giving them to … Jerry Brown.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 25, 2014 – 12:00 am

As he unveiled a revised state budget this month, Gov. Jerry Brown was peppered with questions about new spending that his fellow Democrats were touting – everything from health insurance for illegal immigrants to universal pre-kindergarten.

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SacBee: S&P warns California Legislature on increasing budget spending

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 22, 2014

Standard & Poor’s, a major credit rating organization, praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised 2014-15 budget Thursday, but warned the Legislature not to go beyond the budget and spend higher revenue estimates from its budget analyst.

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LATimes: Teacher pension fund investments could fall short, Brown says

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown outlines his plan to fix the teacher pension fund’s $73.7- billion shortfall at a May 13 briefing. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Chris Megerian
May 21, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown released his plan for repairing California’s troubled teacher retirement system, his calculations assumed the pension fund would see investment returns of 7.5% over the next three decades.

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, staff columnist
Posted: 05/17/2014 09:00:00 AM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown last week proposed the first substantive strategy to shore up the state’s woefully underfunded teacher pension plan.

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SFChronicle: Brown doubles down on high-speed rail amid calls for restraint

Carla Marinucci
Updated 8:23 am, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Preparing for looming budget battles with the Democratic-controlled Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Friday that lawmakers must balance “desire and need” for expensive social programs – even as he defiantly doubled down on support for the increasingly unpopular high-speed rail system, saying it remains emblematic of his passion to “build great things” in his final term as governor.

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LATimes: Plan for rainy-day fund heads to ballot after legislative approval

California Seal

Chris Megerian
May 16, 2014

The Legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a new proposal to help cushion the state from economic downturns and pay off billions of dollars in debt and long-term costs.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs law requiring political nonprofits identify donors

Money

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 14, 2014

Nonprofit organizations that make political contributions in California will have to disclose more information about the source of their money under a law Gov. Jerry Brown signed Wednesday.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown now faces politics of prosperity

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 13, 2014 – 9:46 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 – 12:44 am

As Jerry Brown sought the governorship again, 28 years after finishing his first stint, he promised to bring adult supervision to a Capitol that badly needed it, especially in managing the state’s roller coaster finances.

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LATimes: Budget talks won’t be easy for governor

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has repeatedly said there won’t be enough money to fund every worthy program.

Chris Megerian
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown releases his latest budget plan Tuesday, he will already have a major fiscal victory under his belt, having cut a deal to strengthen the state’s reserve fund.

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LATimes: California puts $750 million in tax credits into retaining employers

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Marc Lifsher
Monday, May 12, 2014

California is fighting back in the battle to keep businesses from relocating to lower-cost states.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Rainy-day fund not best option, but perhaps only one

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, May. 9, 2014 – 12:00 am

State Controller John Chiang reported Thursday that after counting April’s income tax payments, revenue is running $2.2 billion above assumptions in the current state budget.

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Carla Marinucci

Posted on Saturday, May 3 at 5:24pm | By Carla Marinucci

California Gov. Jerry Brown, in his early years in office, used to be associated with a Plymouth Satellite sedan, his vehicle of choice. But as he seeks a fourth term, Republicans are now clearly trying to associate him with another brand: Toyota.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 4, 2014 – 12:00 am

When Jerry Brown won the governorship four years ago, nearly three decades after his first gubernatorial stint, it sparked limitless speculation about how he would approach the job.

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LATimes: State begins early releases of nonviolent prisoners

California Seal

By Paige St. John
April 29, 2014, 10:25 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The state is releasing some low-level, nonviolent prisoners early as Gov. Jerry Brown complies with a federal court order to reduce crowding in its lockups — a turning point in the governor’s efforts to resolve the issue.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown urges committee support for reserve plan

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 28, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown urged members of the Assembly’s budget panel Monday to support his plan for a new rainy-day reserve before voters in November.

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SacBee: Gov. Brown orders more emergency drought measures

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 – 2:32 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 – 3:25 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a sweeping new emergency drought proclamation, cutting red tape for a variety of government functions to help water agencies find new supplies, and to press the public to use water carefully.

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By DON THOMPSON / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: April 19, 2014 Updated: 2:49 p.m.

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state’s criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 – 12:00 am

When you get past the political fuzz and buzz, the Capitol’s quest for a new rainy-day fund to store excess state revenue is an admission that politicians have failed in the past and can’t be trusted in the future.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown back to negotiating table with Republicans over rainy-day fund

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By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 – 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 – 7:49 am

Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 16, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature for next week to address his effort to put a rainy-day fund constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

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Field Poll

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 – 12:24 am

Gov. Jerry Brown’s public approval rating has risen to a new high, as he pummels a crop of little-known Republicans in his bid for re-election, according to a new Field Poll.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs bill expanding reach of FPPC

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 3, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation expanding the power of the Fair Political Practices Commission to investigate or seek injunctions in campaign finance cases, his office announced Thursday.

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LATimes: Indispensable insider looks out for Gov. Jerry Brown’s interests

Nancy McFadden

Nancy McFadden, Gov. Jerry Brown’s top aide, leads a meeting in the governor’s office in the Capitol. Before working for Brown she held senior posts in the Clinton administration and at PG&E. (Robert Durell, For The Times / March 13, 2014)

By Anthony York
March 29, 2014, 6:25 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Nancy McFadden begins most mornings on a conference call with other members of Gov. Jerry Brown’s inner circle, the governor occasionally chiming in from the background.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 – 12:11 pm

One of the conceits of Capitol politicians – much on display during this election year – is that they finally balanced the state budget after years of deficits.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown grows campaign war chest to nearly $20 million

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 22, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has added to his dominant war chest in this year’s gubernatorial race, reporting Friday that he has raised nearly $3 million since Jan. 1 and now has $19.7 million on hand.

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LATimes: Gov. Brown takes swipes at GOP, praises labor unions

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Supporters of Gov. Jerry Brown snap photos of him after his speech to the California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles on March 8. On Monday in Sacramento, he gave a rousing pro-worker speech to a ballroom filled with union representatives, thanking organized labor for helping pass his vote-approved tax hike in 2012 and vowing to be “around for the next five years.” (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times / March 8, 2014)

By Phil Willon
March 17, 2014, 9:27 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown gave a rousing pro-worker speech to a ballroom filled with union representatives Monday night, thanking organized labor for helping pass his vote-approved tax hike in 2012 and worker’s compensation reform and vowing to be “around for the next five years.’’

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SacBee: Dan Morain: Debate to legalize pot is about to get interesting

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Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Mar. 16, 2014 – 12:00 am

Two weeks ago, Gov. Jerry Brown, no fan of marijuana legalization, mused on “Meet the Press” about the world’s many dangers and the need to stay alert, “if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to pull together.”

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SacBee: Brown, Chiang sued for diverting $369 million in mortgage money

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 14, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown and Controller John Chiang unlawfully redirected $369 million in homeowner relief secured by Attorney General Kamala Harris, according to a lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court on Friday morning.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Mar. 10, 2014 – 6:18 pm

When Jerry Brown signed legislation giving California’s public employees collective bargaining rights during his first governorship, he – wittingly or otherwise – began a major political shift.

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LATimes: Panel to consider whether to give raises to governor, lawmakers

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown is among the officials who could get another pay raise this year. (Nick Ut / Associated Press / March 2, 2014)

By Patrick McGreevy
March 4, 2014, 4:15 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Three months after Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers received a 5% pay raise, a state panel is set to meet next week to begin considering whether to provide further increases, and the chairman of the group says data from counties indicates California elected officials are underpaid.

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LATimes: California lawmakers report meals, sports tickets, other gifts

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An outrider watches as horses leave the gate during the opening day of horse racing at the Del Mar Race Track in 2013. Last year the club was among entities that gave lawmakers free tickets. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times / July 17, 2013)

By Patrick McGreevy
March 3, 2014, 4:22 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — While a state Senate panel considers further restrictions on gifts, California lawmakers reported Monday receiving thousands of dollars in sports tickets, meals, amusement park entries and other gifts, many from special interests that lobby state government.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 – 12:09 am

Once in a while, a line of movie dialogue becomes a cultural icon, and it happened in 1996’s “Jerry Maguire” when actor Cuba Gooding Jr., playing a talented athlete, told his agent (Tom Cruise) to “show me the money.”

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CapitolWeekly: Gov. Jerry Brown seeks redevelopment replacement

By JOHN HOWARD
CAPITOL WEEKLY
March 2, 2014, 3:54 PM

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature dismantled California’s $5 billion-a-year redevelopment program, Brown wants to bring some elements back, but he’s offering less money, a different name and a change in local voters’ approval.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown says he’d run for another term as Oakland mayor

Will Kane
Updated 7:34 am, Saturday, March 1, 2014

Jerry Brown, who is running for a fourth term as California’s governor, said Friday he’d also like to be Mayor Brown – again.

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SacBee: California Gov. Jerry Brown to run for reelection

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 27, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he has taken out the papers to run for re-election.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 – 10:17 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 – 10:34 pm

The direct primary election was one of the political reforms that California – and other states – adopted during the Populist era a century ago as an antidote to political parties, which were seen as “vessels of corruption” that thwarted popular will.

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InlandPolitics: Sloat Higgins: SoCal legislators get FPPC warning letters

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The fallout from the scandal involving Sacramento lobbyist Kevin Sloat and his firm Sloat, Higgins, Jensen and Associates, has touched several Southern California legislators, in addition to the Governor himself.

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LATimes: Ethics agency releases warning letter to Gov. Brown

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California Gov. Jerry Brown received a warning letter from the state Fair Political Practices Commission over expenses covered at two fundraisers by lobbyist Kevin Sloat. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / February 13, 2014)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 25, 2014, 4:38 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The state ethics agency on Tuesday made public a warning letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, 10 days after it was provided to the chief executive as a caution for accepting improper contributions from a lobbyist.

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LATimes: California drought: $687.4-million plan would free up water supplies

Drought in California

A Secret Service agent looks over a parched field as President Obama visited the region to discuss California’s drought. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / February 14, 2014)

By Anthony York
February 19, 2014, 8:14 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A proposed $687.4-million drought-relief package was unveiled Wednesday to free up water supplies and aid Californians facing financial ruin.

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Calpensions: CalPERS rate hike: governor wins, cities lose

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By Ed Mendel
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A divided CalPERS board yesterday approved a faster rate hike for the state urged by Gov. Brown, but opposed by unions. A proposal to give struggling cities the option of more time to phase in the rate hike, seven years instead of five, was rejected.

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Photo: CalPERS board

The Governing Board of the California Public Employees Retirement System. (Calpers)

Article by: FENIT NIRAPPIL , Associated Press
Updated: February 16, 2014 – 10:50 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation’s largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.

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SacBee: CalPERS poised to raise rates, but not on Brown’s timetable

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 – 10:28 pm

CalPERS and Gov. Jerry Brown agree the pension fund needs to significantly raise its contribution rates to keep up with ever-increasing life expectancies.

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SacBee: Sacramento lobbyist Kevin Sloat faces $133,500 FPPC fine

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento gives a thumbs up after Gov. Jerry Brown announced that his office has come to an agreement with all four leaders of legislation on prison housing plan.  To Steinberg's left is Senate Republican Leader Rob Huff R-Diamond Bar,  Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Visalia.

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 10, 2014

Lobbyist Kevin Sloat has set a new record in California, agreeing to pay the state a fine of $133,500 — the largest ever for violating state laws that regulate lobbyists.

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California Prisons

By Paige St. John [This post has been updated. See the note below for details.]
February 10, 2014, 10:50 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — Talk of a sentencing commission and promises of “comprehensive and sustainable” changes in prisons have won Gov. Jerry Brown a two-year delay in orders to reduce prison crowding.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 – 12:00 am

Gov. Jerry Brown has contended for months that the state could reduce severe overcrowding in the state’s prisons through creative management, without releasing felons that might endanger the public.

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Daniel Borenstein

By Daniel Borenstein, Staff Columnist
Posted: 02/07/2014 12:00:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/09/2014 08:10:25 AM PST

Kudos to Gov. Jerry Brown for demanding last week that CalPERS stop kicking pension debt further down the road. Too bad he hasn’t applied the same standard to the CalSTRS shortfall.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom to get warning letters in FPPC case

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 7, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are among state officials who will receive warning letters in the California Fair Political Practices Commission’s investigation of a firm headed by a Sacramento lobbyist who held lavish fundraisers for politicians at his home, a source said.

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