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No Doubt Just a Momentarily Slip, Governor But…

…on behalf of  William Strunk Jr., E.B. White and English teachers everywhere, when comparing or contrasting more than two items,  “among” is the proper preposition.

Your final grade is not jeopardized should this remain an aberration:

Brown surprises state board, calls for adoption of LCFF regs

by Tom Chorneau

(Calif.) Taking clear control of the debate over school funding governance, Gov. Jerry Brown made a rare appearance at the state board of education meeting Thursday saying the draft regulations pending before the panel met a balance between flexibility and accountability.

“I like to find the truth between the reformers, the unions, the parents, the students Read more »



Legislature and Governor Hold Budgetary Love-In

The Legislative Analyst routinely takes governors to task for any number of deficiencies  – unrealistic forecasts, faux-savings and gimmickry, among them — contained  in the January spending plans of the executive branch. Not this year:

“Overall, the governor’s proposal would place California on an even stronger fiscal footing, continuing California’s budgetary progress,” the analyst says in its 42-page Overview of the Governor’s Budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Continues the analyst:

“The governor’s proposal for a new rainy-day fund requirement emphasizes the importance of regular state contributions to a larger budget reserve. In general, setting aside money Read more »



New Budget Spends $65 Million on Illegal Immigrant Drivers Licenses

Providing up to 1.4 million driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants will cost $65 million for the Department of Motor Vehicles during the first six months after the law takes effect January 1, 2015, according to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget plan released January 9.

Lawmakers had debated the issue of whether illegal immigrants should have licenses for 20 years prior to approving legislation to do so in September. When he ran for governor in 2010, Brown said he opposed such a measure as “piecemeal” but last year reversed himself.

“This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally,” Brown said Read more »



(Must Be Good News Or He Wouldn’t Want to Say It Three Times)

Top Story UPDATED: Governor Brown to Introduce Budget on Friday in Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles


Please note that news conferences have been added in San Diego and Los Angeles. 

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will introduce his 2014-15 budget proposal on Friday, January 10, 2014 at news conferences in Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles.SacramentoWhen: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.Where: California State Capitol, Governor’s Press Conference Room, Room 1190, Sacramento, CA 95814

San DiegoWhen: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.Where: San Diego City Administration Building, Media Room, 13th floor, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Los AngelesWhen: Friday, Read more »



How California Bills Itself to Investors



As of October 2013, California is the Number Two job-creating state with 223,900 new jobs added during the last year and 826,500 new jobs created since the recovery began in February 2010. 


California employers have added jobs for 26 straight months, the longest streak in the nation. 


The number of employed Californians grew by 3.3 percent in the last 12 months — the largest year-over-year employment gain since 1990. 


In terms of GDP, California’s growth rate was 3.5 percent in 2012 – fifth best in the nation. 


California is Read more »



Elvis May Have Left The Building But…


The Democratic govenor is heading to Washington D.C. to give a speech at a conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Center for American Progress. Elvis likely would be heading to Memphis, a garage full of Cadillacs and other diversions. 




A Different Side of Jerry Brown Revealed at Memorial for Fresno Lawmaker

 On Saturday October 19, Gov. Jerry Brown attended a memorial in Fresno for former state senator and appellate justice George Zenovich.

The event, not listed on the Democratic governor’s public schedule, was supposed to begin at 11 a.m., shortly after Brown arrived. It didn’t conclude until nearly 2:30 p.m.

Brown was the last of nine speakers reminiscing about the easy-going but effective Zenovich, a Fresno Democrat who carried the 1975 legislation creating the Arts Council and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. 

The governor made no effort to be moved higher in the program to accommodate his schedule. Of Zenovich he Read more »



Brown Saying “No” More Than Twice As Much as He Used To

Of the 896 bills lawmakers approved in 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed 96 of them – just under 11 percent – the lowest percentage of his current term, according to How Often Do Governors Say No?, an annual tabulation by the Senate Committee on Governance & Finance.

In 2012, the Democratic governor was sent 996 bills of which he vetoed 120.

Of the 870 bills sent to him in 2011, he vetoed 125 — a 14.4 percent veto rate.      

During his first two terms as governor, from 1975 through 1982, Brown’s veto rate was 4.4 percent compared to 12.4 percent for the last three years.

Over those eight years, Brown vetoed 528 bills – less than one-third the Read more »



California Creates Nation’s First Outright Ban on Lead Bullets for Hunting

California is the first state to ban lead bullets for hunting under legislation signed October 11 by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Under the bill – AB 711 by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, a Lakewood Democrat — the ban would occur “as soon as practicable” but no later than July 1, 2019.

“There is simply no reason to continue using lead ammunition in hunting when it poses a significant risk to human health and the environment,” Rendon said in a stament after Brown’s signature. “California is now the country’s leader in eradicating an unnecessary source of this lethal toxin.”

Limits on the use of lead bullets Read more »



Cesar Chavez’s Home Now Also A State Historic Landmark

United Farmer Workers leader César Chávez’s home and burial site — Nuestra Señora Reina de La Paz will become a state historic landmark under legislation signed October 8 by Gov. Jerry brown.

Located in Keene, about 30 miles southeast of Bakersfield, the 187-acre site was designated both a National Monument and a National Historic Landmark by President Obama exactly one year ago. 


The bill – AB 34 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, a West Covina Democrat – also requires the state Office of Historic Preservation to identify other historical sites associated with the labor and civil rights Read more »