End of Brown Era – Pat & Jerry

Photo courtesy Steve Rhodes, flickr

Photo courtesy Steve Rhodes, flickr

At the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs post election conference yesterday at Cal State L.A., political consultant Mike Madrid declared that the Brown era of politics focused on building and infrastructure is over with the end of Jerry Brown’s fourth term as governor. He wasn’t referring to just the current governor but to his father, Pat Brown, as well. Both Browns focused on building from water works and highways to the bullet train.

Darry Sragow, editor of the California Target Book echoed that thought, calling Jerry Brown brilliant, but as governor, he “replicated” his father as a builder of things and didn’t move too far on social programs. Sragow predicted that would change under new governor, Gavin Newsom.

Sragow argued that Newsom would have to do something positive to establish his governorship and create a vision for the future. Making a statement by blowing up the high-speed rail is not the way for Newsom to begin his new administration, Sragow suggested.

Madrid concurred saying Newsom will need to do something big and bold. “That takes money,” Madrid said, “and he’s got it.”

A newly released report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office declared that California’s budget is flush.

Politico California Playbook’s Carla Marinucci, the third panelists, argued that Newsom must be concerned with the jobs picture that would change dramatically as technology and automation advances.

Madrid said the new governor would be defined by how he deals with social problems. He noted that the state’s problems with poverty, income inequality, and housing all happened with Democrats in charge. However, he gave credit to Newsom for raising these issues in the campaign and said he believed Newsom is prepared to address them.

Long time Los Angeles journalist and moderator of the popular “To the Point” radio program, Warren Olney, moderated the panel.

Whatever course Newsom lays out, he will have to navigate the legislature that despite having a supermajority of his own party will have their own ideas how to spend the state’s surplus dollars. Sragow predicted the legislative would be “headstrong” in dealing with the new governor.

When challenged that the supermajority Democrats could splinter into ideological camps and even break apart, Sragow pushed back on the idea saying that the Democratic coalition, despite a wide range of views, would hold.

Republicans, however, are a different story according to the panel.

In reviewing the election results, Marinucci talked of two important groups that deserted Republicans: suburban women and college educated women and men.

Republican consultant Madrid was tougher on his party. He said Republican prospects in California were “nil!” He said conservatism was designed to lift people up through economic policy but that the GOP, which complains about Democratic identity politics, is now a party of white identity politics. He emphasized the point claiming that anyone who is against the boondoggle high speed rail because it would hurt the economy but is for building a wall which would also hurt the economy does so for one reason—unspoken was the issue of race. He predicted the collapse of the GOP coalition of coastal white color Republicans and inland blue collar workers.

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Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, delivered the program’s keynote address. In a post speech Q&A, the Pat Brown Institute’s executive director Raphael Sonenshein asked Garcetti, what criteria he would use in deciding whether or not to run for president. Garcetti’s travels to other states and support for Democratic candidates in the recent election have been interpreted as laying the groundwork for a presidential run.

Garcetti said mayors should consider running for the presidency because as chief executives they deal with major issues that a president would face such as security and trade but also gain unique perspectives from local, hands-on issues. He said the key decision point is whether he feels he can add something that is different than other candidates, including new ideas.

If he decides to run he will have lots of company.

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Comments

  1. Moonbeam could cement his legacy by making his NorCal ranch the official State Refuge for All of the Homeless. He has 2400+ acres to share with those less fortunate.

  2. Conservatives in So CA and the rest of the state are in for a RUDE progressive democrat liberal awakening, things only go downhill from here! Stand by to “BOHICA” (bend over here it comes again) on all taxes and then some! Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!!

  3. “Meet the new boss Same as the old boss” ?

  4. Yeah, they left brown 25 stains all over the state.

  5. The Captive says

    Brown like Obama leave their bad actions strewn along the path of CA caving in– Yes their liberal LEFT Taxes are still here & so is the pointless choo choo going to HELL in a basket for fools and criminals who continue to scam us at each taxing. May he find surprises along the way that will not be good as pay back for dragging CA to the bottom of the heap in EDUCATION. IF YOU can add more to this -do it!

  6. Tired of hearing the Wall called a race issue.
    Tired of hearing everything called a race issue.

  7. With Governor-elect Grating Nuisances’ self-inflicted election results, Californias’ transistion from Golden-brown state to Sh*t-brown state seems as undeniable as a dose.
    Having said that, I note with compassion that Edmund G. Brown jrs.’ whole life in general, and political life in particular has always seemed cast in the shadow of his senior. Leaving office with the knowledge that the incredible, unfunded liabilty caused by his wagging tounge from his younger days remaining unaverted, must be grim. Woe to California!

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