On politics in the Golden State
January 26, 2012 | 8:12 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday urged 1,500 Los Angeles political and business leaders to back his proposal for higher taxes and implored them to pressure lawmakers in Sacramento to overhaul the state’s pension system this year.

“This is a call to action” Brown told the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “We can’t sit around and wait.”

Just like his recent trips to Irvine and San Diego, Brown’s Chamber of Commerce visit was aimed at building business support for his initiative to raise levies on sales and upper incomes for the next five years.

Last week’s swing included visits to the Orange County Business Council and San Diego City Club, where Brown also implored business leaders to get behind his initiative. As he reaches out, the governor is tailoring his sales pitch with business-friendly talking points, including a reprise of his call to overhaul the state’s pension system.

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