All posts tagged: Jerry Brown

Update From the California Clean Money Campaign

Take Action to Show Support for Real Disclosure Governor Brown Signs One Disclosure Bill (SB 594) and Vetoes Another (SB 3) This month showed both the challenges and progress revealing hidden Big Money donors in California. Governor Brown vetoed a disclosure bill we told you about, yet he signed another. Plus, early next year we face our highest hurdle yet on big disclosure bills like the California DISCLOSE Act. Show you stand with the California Clean Money Campaign in our fight for campaign disclosure: Mixed News: Governor vetoes Sunshine in Campaigns Act bill (SB 3), but requests action We asked you to support SB 3, a bill to begin replacing California’s outmoded online lobbying and campaign finance disclosure system, and you did! Yet, despite hundreds of phone calls, over 8,100 petition signatures, and an editorial by the Los Angeles Times urging him to sign, Governor Brown vetoed SB 3. Authored by Senators Leland Yee and Ted Lieu, and sponsored by California Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of California, SB 3 was the …

Criminal Justice?

Informed voters realize that our criminal justice system suffers from injustices. It does not respect the rights of all who come in contact; we are a nation who has become the world’s largest jailer, even ahead of Russia and China. Over the past thirty years, the prison population has increased by an astonishing 371%. Statistics indicate that with only 5% of the world’s population, the U .S. has 25% of the world’s prisoners! A 127% jump from 1987 in cost, yet, in this same time period spending on higher education rose just 21%. The question is: How do we go about dealing effectively with discrimination and unnecessary punishment for non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual offenders who fill our jails and prisons? A film, The House I live In, presented May 14 at Crawford High School and attended by several club members, thoughtfully depicts the negative effects of a system, in which decades of racially bias and ineffective criminal justice policies were established throughout our nation. Afterward the producer, David Kuhn, and the ACLU of San Diego …

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown – Steamin’ And A-Rollin’ on the California Express

Harold Meyerson has sketched a fascinating profile of Jerry Brown in The American Prospect magazine. But even after 6,000 words Meyerson struggles to capture both the complexity and simplicity of the man. “There’s no living person who knows California better than Jerry Brown,” says Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the state AFL-CIO. Brown’s first term as Governor saw the enactment in 1978 of Proposition 13, whereby Howard Jarvis set in slow-motion a train wreck aimed to destroy the California educational system and the state’s standard-setting services. In 1994 Brown could see that Pete Wilson’s Proposition 187 was incredibly short-sighted policy, and that the backlash against it would be strong and have long-lasting consequences for the GOP in California. “Equal treatment for people in unequal conditions isn’t justice,” he tells me. “That’s from Felix Frankfurter, originally from Aristotle.” After witnessing the increasing mockery of the role occupied by Wilson’s bodybuilder puppet, Brown committed and was elected Attorney General in 2006 in preparation for his second stint as Governor. By that time Brown understood there are only …

“Humanity is getting dangerously close to the point of no return on climate change” by Governor Jerry Brown

From today’s Sacramento Bee: Gov. Jerry Brown said today that “humanity is getting dangerously close to the point of no return” on climate change, and he launched a website criticizing conservatives who dispute its significance. The website “Climate Change: Just the Facts,” is hosted by Brown’s Office of Planning and Research. It devotes one page to “the denialists” and another to rebutting “common denialist arguments.” The Democratic governor, in Stateline, Nev., for the annual Tahoe Summit, has long been frustrated by conservative politicians who say the effect of global warming is overstated, or who argue government intervention to address climate change is a drag on the economy. “Global warming’s impact on Lake Tahoe is well documented. It is just one example of how, after decades of pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, humanity is getting dangerously close to the point of no return,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “Those who still deny global warming’s existence should wake up and honestly face the facts.” Brown signed legislation last year requiring California utilities to obtain one-third of their …