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The Los Angeles Times | September 1, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown stepped in the middle of a dispute over the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries, signing a law Wednesday that gives Los Angeles and other cities clear authority to restrict their location and operation. Brown signed AB 1300, which was introduced by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) after several pot shops filed lawsuits challenging Los Angeles' authority to regulate them. The measure, supported by the Los Angeles city attorney, authorizes local government to adopt ordinances regulating the location and operation of the dispensaries and to file civil or criminal claims against violators.  L.A. TIMES
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The Los Angeles Times | September 21, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday vetoed a bill barring medical marijuana dispensaries from within 600 feet of homes in California, saying it steps on the powers of cities and counties that already have authority to regulate pot shops. Brown noted he had previously signed AB 1300, which gives cities and counties clearer authority to regulate the location and operation of marijuana dispensaries. "This bill goes in the opposite direction by preempting local control and prescribing the precise locations where dispensaries may not be located," Brown wrote in his veto message.
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October 1, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday approved a two-year extension of the state's tax credit for films and television shows shot in California, providing up to $200 million in breaks. The governor agreed that extending the credit program to July 1, 2017, was justified in light of the problem of runaway film production, where Hollywood companies are lured to other states that offer tax breaks and other cost-cutting. The governor signed two nearly identical bills, AB 2026 by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar)
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October 21, 2010
On Nov. 2, all polling place workers, including myself, will be at our assigned polling places at 6 a.m. to set up the place for the 7 a.m. opening. And we will be there until the closing time, which is 8 p.m. It will also take another 30 minutes to 40 minutes to close down the place, do paperwork and have the ballots ready to be counted. It will be a long day for us, and even longer day if you don't show up and keep us busy. So do come in, it will take a short time to vote.
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October 14, 2011
Did I vote for Jerry Brown because he was a frugal politician? He seems to be very generous with our money - the people's money. The campaign assistance he got from the prison guards was generous. Then his generosity extended to a few of his favorite employees. Come on, Jerry. You got elected despite yourself and I'm one of your victims. Right your generous proclivities toward the people who voted for you in anticipation of great lawmaking on your part. California needs a lot of help and you can be part of that.
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The Los Angeles Times | August 25, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown appointed an advisor, Michael Rossi, to the board of the California High-Speed Rail Authority on Wednesday. Rossi is Brown's senior advisor for jobs and business development and had a long banking and finance career prior to joining his Democratic administration. Rossi was placed in the position held until Wednesday by David Crane, who was appointed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and who also serves on the UC Board of Regents.  L.A. NOW RELATED: California gets federal high-speed rail funds
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The Los Angeles Times | September 8, 2011
Landlords in California will have clear authority to ban smoking in apartment buildings under a measure signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) authored the legislation, which takes effect Jan. 1, in response to concerns that the law was murky on whether smoking can be banned in apartments. Under SB 332, landlords must notify tenants where smoking is prohibited in an apartment complex, including whether it is banned in specific apartments.  L.A. TIMES
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September 26, 2011
California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to meet with Los Angeles County supervisors Monday afternoon in a closed session over a controversial plan to shift care of some parolees from state workers to county probation officers. The meeting will be held in closed session, according to the governor's official schedule, so the public will not hear the discussion. The state's Brown Act generally requires that local legislative bodies meet in the open so members of the public can attend and participate.
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April 23, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown will headline a cast of top state Democrats at a Sacramento fundraiser Monday for embattled incumbent Rep. Howard Berman. Berman (D-Valley Village) is facing an expensive and increasingly nasty race against fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman. The two were placed in the same congressional district under new maps drawn by an independent citizen's panel last year. In addition to Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Council President Herb Wesson, Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles)
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The Los Angeles Times | September 6, 2011
The fight over firefighting fees is again heating up in the Legislature. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to revamp and expand a fire fee enacted this summer on rural homeowners, proposing to raise the levy on homes, as well as to tack on a new per-acre fee for land in fire-prone backcountry areas. The original fire fee, enacted in this summer's state budget, was to be $150 per structure, of which there are more than 700,000, in fire zones that state firefighters protect. But a state board capped the fee at only $90 and added rebates for owners in certain areas, wiping away much of the $50 million in budget savings the administration had counted on. Now, last-minute legislation supported by Brown and unveiled Friday would “supersede that,” said Department of Finance  spokesman H.D. Palmer.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 2, 2013
The California Department of Transportation must quickly sell some of the nearly 500 properties it owns in Los Angeles, South Pasadena and Pasadena, according to a bill by Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), which was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The homes are located in the so-called 710 gap, where transportation officials are studying a 4.5-mile tunnel that would connect the Long Beach (710) and Foothill (210) freeways. Brown vetoed a similar bill last year.
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October 4, 2012
For an extra $50, California car enthusiasts will soon be able to order vintage license plates, including the black plates with yellow lettering issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles in the 1960s, thanks to action taken by Gov. Jerry Brown. Among the hundreds of bills signed by the governor last week, AB 1658 is aimed at Californians who restore and drive vintage automobiles, as well as residents who are just nostalgic for the good old days. Other plates to be offered after Jan. 1 include those used in the 1950s, with a yellow background and black lettering, and those issued in the 1980s, with a blue background and yellow lettering.
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October 1, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday approved a two-year extension of the state's tax credit for films and television shows shot in California, providing up to $200 million in breaks. The governor agreed that extending the credit program to July 1, 2017, was justified in light of the problem of runaway film production, where Hollywood companies are lured to other states that offer tax breaks and other cost-cutting. The governor signed two nearly identical bills, AB 2026 by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar)
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September 29, 2012
With the deadline for signing legislation into law upon Gov. Jerry Brown, local state lawmakers this week were able to claim early success in getting their own bills past his desk. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) had eight bills signed before the weekend, with another three still awaiting consideration as of Friday. Three of his measures were signed in early September, well before the deadline the governor has to sign legislation, veto it or let it become law without his signature.
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September 7, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) that would clamp down on unruly behavior of fan at professional sporting events. The bill requires signs showing the security phone numbers to be posted where spectators can see them from their seats and in parking lots - the idea being that fans can call or text to quickly summon stadium security for help. The original proposal called for the names and photos of fans who are found guilty of committing violent acts at sporting events to be posted on the Internet and circulated to sports venues, police departments and ticketing offices throughout the state.
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September 7, 2012
A bill to update and streamline state laws for public libraries was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown recently. SB 1044, introduced by Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), changes several requirements for libraries, including a mandate that they fund and operate a central reference system. With many online reference sources available on the Internet, a reference desk will no longer be mandated under the new law. The changes are the result of recommendations by a task force that met last January and looked at ways to address outdated and irrelevant requirements on libraries.
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By Steve Appleford | September 6, 2012
Former California Gov. Gray Davis is a delegate this week to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Barack Obama will tonight accept his party's nomination for a second term. Davis, whose second term in office was cut short by the 2003 Recall Election, now lives in West L.A. and was mingling in the crowded lobby of the Time Warner Cable Arena when we caught up with him. It's recently been reported that in California, voter registration for the Republican Party is in danger of falling being "decline to state.
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July 5, 2012
Even though Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers failed this week to reach a deal on public worker pensions, the Legislature may be ready to approve billions of dollars in spending on high-speed rail and related projects. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) told reporters on Tuesday that lawmakers would vote on the funding this week. Legislative approval would be a victory for Brown, who has championed high-speed rail despite uniform opposition from Republicans and scattered concerns among Democrats.
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April 23, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown will headline a cast of top state Democrats at a Sacramento fundraiser Monday for embattled incumbent Rep. Howard Berman. Berman (D-Valley Village) is facing an expensive and increasingly nasty race against fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman. The two were placed in the same congressional district under new maps drawn by an independent citizen's panel last year. In addition to Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Council President Herb Wesson, Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles)
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 19, 2012
For the second time, Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a state decision to grant parole to a 39-year-old man who killed a 17-year-old Crescenta Valley High School student nearly 21 years ago. In his March 16 decision, Brown stated that Paul Crowder, who is serving 15 years to life plus four years for killing Berlyn Cosman, has not showed remorse for the death following a post-prom party. Brown also contended Crowder continues to pose “a danger to society if released from prison.” “His failure to accept responsibility by minimizing his culpability for the murder casts doubt over his claims of remorse and indicates that he has not truly learned from his mistakes,” Brown stated in his decision.
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