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Gov. Brown rallying students to vote for Prop. 30 tax proposal at UCLA

Gov. Jerry Brown

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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks in support of Prop. 30 at a rally of UCLA students on campus, Oct. 16, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off a planned tour of state campuses Tuesday to boost student support for his measure to tax sales and incomes and pump billions of dollars into state government. He started wth a rally at UCLA.

He told a few hundred students gathered at the central plaza that after years of recession-caused cuts, it was time for California to re-invest in the state and in education.

"Proposition 30 is an opportunity for the people themselves not only to fix California, but to send a message to the rest of the country that we as a people can invest together in our schools, in our community colleges and in the great University of California," Brown said.

There is a lot at stake for University of California and California State University students in Proposition 30.

Prop. 30 would provide UC students each a $250 refund on part of the tuition increases they've paid this year, and keep tuition the same next term. If it doesn't pass, UC will raise tuition about 20 percent, to nearly $16,000 a year.


Once the media darling at Democratic conventions, Jerry Brown not coming this year

Governor Jerry Brown

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It was 1976 — 36 years ago — when Jerry Brown first ran for president. He ran again in 1980, but it was his 1992 run that I remember.

He ain't coming.

California's colorful governor is sitting out this Democratic National Convention. Too many bills to review since the state legislature finally adjourned and sent hundreds of items for him to consider signing into law. It's just not going to be the same political convention without him.

It was 1976 — 36 years ago — when Jerry Brown first ran for president. He ran again in 1980, but it was his 1992 run that I remember. 

It was my first political convention, the DNC in NYC. I was freelancing for AP and NPR and it was my first experience with the national press corps — those pushy, annoying, know-it-all reporters based in Washington, DC.  They loved Jerry Brown and followed him all over the city. And Brown loved the attention. He was fun to cover in those days when he did the unexpected. 


Gov. Brown announces pension plan for public workers

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Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a pension agreement today that could save California billions by requiring public workers to pay more toward their retirement, while increasing the retirement age and capping benefits.

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a plan Tuesday that he says will save the state tens of billions of dollars by capping pensions, increasing the retirement age, and requiring employees to pay more toward their retirement.

The bill is written to apply to all public employees in California — state and local — though it would not affect charter cities and counties such as Los Angeles. University of California employees also would be exempt. 

Under the bill, which will be heard by a committee in Sacramento Tuesday afternoon, current and future public employees would pay half of their pension costs. Unions for current employees would have up to five years to negotiate the increase before it becomes automatic. The increase would be immediate for new employees.

“This was not easy," said Brown, speaking at a press conference at the Reagan State Office Building in downtown Los Angeles. "We’ve been negotiating for months up in Sacramento, but people have come together in the Legislature to bite the bullet and to clean up what has been a big mess.”