Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

November 2, 2010

Democrat Jerry Brown made history Tuesday night, becoming the oldest candidate to be elected governor of California after serving two terms decades ago as the state’s youngest chief executive.

Brown, 72, who spent less than $25 million on his campaign, defeated former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who poured an estimated $160 million of her personal fortune into a failed bid to reach Sacramento.

Early projections, based on exit polls, showed Brown leading Whitman by 49 percent to 46 percent. Whitman, however, has refused to concede the race and one of her chief advisers, former governor Pete Wilson, told supporters around 10 p.m. Tuesday to “get ready for a long night.”

Brown told voters throughout the campaign that he had the experience needed to lead the state out of its dire fiscal situation. Brown vowed to gather lawmakers later this month to begin tackling the state’s budget deficit, which is already estimated at more than $20 billion for the next fiscal year.

Since last being elected governor in 1978, Brown has run for president twice, in 1980 and 1992, and for U.S. Senate in 1982. Brown also served as chairman of the state Democratic Party, Oakland mayor from 1996 to 2004, and the state’s attorney general since 2006.


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willie

Don’t lock the present by Brown’s past, he has more experience now.

Regardless of which side wins, all necessitate direction and real movement.

The fog will clear and economy will start its real beginning to stablization in 2011


With respects to Ian or Joe, I do not place them nor any other candidate to a deity level and made some nasty remarks but then again last I remember its still a free country.. A higher standard is expected but none of them are perfect.


slojo

Ya, where is the article on Ian beating Cortez?????? Come on Karen and Dave, get out here. I am doing my happy dance right now and sticking my tounge out at you as I type!!!!


sloslo

When I saw the headline for this article “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”, I was sure it was going to be an article about Parkinson winning the election. Hahaha. The headline would be fitting based on the fact that Parkinson has shown the same lack of good ethical judgement that Hedges showed. We are in for a rough four years of law enforcement in this county.


SLOBIRD

How childlike… Please, we live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinions and beliefs. You don’t have to agree with others on this site but surely you should be adult enough to respect them. Shame on you!


SLOBIRD

What a sad day for California. For all that voted for Brown/Newsom remember this in a year or two just like those who voted for Arnold. We just gave free rein to liberals to tax, create a santuary state, and further destroy what is left of our economy.


undertow

Brown has what it takes to get Ca out of a dire financial situation, who the hell put us here, space aliens?


CCWheelers

I am sooo bummed! Everything/One I voted for, lost.

I can’t believe how naive people are…or how corrupt the system is.

Now, nothing will be accomplished in the next two years.

Everything will go back to the old Republican ways.

Such a sad day for America.


rogerfreberg

“California’s Perfect Storm” : democrats from top to bottom and with all of the spending and taxing limits removed.


easymoney

Albert Einstein:

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. “


Typoqueen

If doing the same thing over and over such as creating another 1.9 million jobs as Brown did during his last tenure as our gov is what you call insane or creating 10,000 jobs in Oakland as Mayor is insane then I guess we have different ideas of insanity. Do you feel creating jobs is a bad thing? Most definitely Einstein would have supported Brown.


easymoney

IMHO, the only jobs moonbeam will create are those in the government sector. Unions got him elected and he will do their bidding.

Name one business jerry has ever owned or run? He is a lifer politico who used his daddys name and money to get his start. Of those jobs he created in Oakland name one that was in the private sector?


Typoqueen

This was pretty easy to find. I was in a hurry so I had to CCP these articles:


“While Brown was mayor, Oakland, according to the Los Angeles Times, “rose on the celebrity of its mayor, who hawked the city as a destination for new business and development, attended trade shows and quickly conducted a housecleaning at City Hall, producing a more business-friendly environment.” [Los Angeles Times, 5/18/06]”


“Under Mayor Brown: “It Was a Pro-Business Policy That Reigned, and $1 Billion of Investments Poured in.” While Brown was Mayor of Oakland, according to the Contra Costa Times, “It was a pro-business policy that reigned, and $1 billion of investments poured in as major attractions such as Jack London Square, the Port of Oakland and the Fox Theater gained needed refurbishing and expansion.


Brown used his influence, political savvy and long-established relationships with business leaders to lure investors at the height of the dot-com boom. He moved projects through the maze of bureaucratic hurdles and environmental regulations quicker than any of his predecessors — and to the chagrin of his pro-environment friends. ‘His two terms will be viewed definitely as the start of the revitalization of Oakland,’ said City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente, who ran against Brown in 1998 but wound up as a strong City Hall ally. ‘Everybody was leaving town. It was important to get people to start coming back.’” [Contra Costa Times, 8/29/10]”


“Condos and Townhouses in Oakland Built Under Brown’s 10,000 New Residents Initiative. According to the Contra Costa Times, “Across the entire city of Oakland, at least 11,600 condos, townhouses and live-work lofts have been built, are under construction or have been approved in recent years, according to the Oakland Community and Economic Development Agency and to Foresight Analytics. Much of the development is happening downtown, spurred by former Mayor Jerry Brown’s initiative to bring 10,000 new residents downtown.” [Contra Costa Times, 3/4/07]”


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Pizmo

Welcome back, Jerry!! Thanks!!


…and thanks to Nutmeg & Carly for spending all that money in California. Soon you’ll be answers to trivia questions. Hope it was worth it!


undertow

California thanks ya, just remember you the next sucker to be spending their salary in Ca supporting millions of freeloaders.


MAD HATTER

Well, well. Looks like Ian is your next sheriff to. Oh Dave? Where are you? Come on down for your mouth full of humble pie. I bet that crow your eating is tasting pretty salty now an’t it? HaHaHaHaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cindy

You’re familiar with the saying that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t force him to drink? The biggest problem with SLO county is that it’s more about electing incompetent, disingenuous Good Ole Boys rather than doing the right thing. Folks are constantly looking for who can do them the most favors which comes down to who do you know. Ian literally ran on his Good Ole Boy card and pull it out constantly when faced with the hard questions. We will be watching him, I hope I’m wrong about his abilities because I know that I’m not wrong about his integrity.


R.Hodin

Sure, just like big spender Arnold.