Jerry Brown: Flip-flop No. 1

November 4, 2010

Brown's Oakland Hills home

It didn’t take long. California Gov.-elect Jerry Brown told a Wednesday morning press conference that he will not be moving to Sacramento, contradicting an earlier pledge and creating his first official flip-flop. [Capitol Alert]

“I will live in Oakland, but given the fact I said I’m going to be working virtually nonstop on the budget, I’m going to have to find some place to sleep in Sacramento,” Brown said. “I’ll find a place.”

Brown told reporters he wouldn’t sell his five-level, $1.8 million Oakland Hills home “until it attains its original value. And that’s going to take a lot of work on my part.”

The Democrat had said in September that he would move to Sacramento if elected. “I will move in here,” he said at the time. “There are plenty of nice places downtown.”

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Wait a minute — before folks get their undies in a wad about this, think of it this way: You have been lucky enough to land a new job in this economy. However, it requires a relocation to a new city 1.5 hours from your house. In the down market, you can’t sell your house for anything CLOSE to what you paid for it. I actually know a lot of people in this situation, and guess what? They DIDN’T sell their house and move! They got a studio apartment at the new location, and went home on weekends. Makes sense to me. Wouldn’t you want a governor who does something sensible like what a regular person would do?