Brown, Newsom ace Napolitano

Brown, Newsom ace Napolitano

This now is Gov. Jerry Brown’s ninth decade in California politics. He was born in 1938 into his father’s ambitions in state politics, culminating in Pat Brown’s governorship from 1959-1966. From his website:

Jerry Brown seminarianJerry Brown has more experience, and success, than any statewide politician in history. His only rivals are former Gov. Pete Wilson, who beat Brown for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992; and former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. Neither has held office recently.

That’s why we at always have said he would prevail over University of California President Janet Napolitano in the tussle over her desire to raise tuition 28 percent over five years. Reports the Chronicle:

After years of behind-the-scenes slights and stare-downs, Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are tag-teaming to knock the wind out of the University of California establishment.

Most recently, the Gav and the Gov delivered a one-two punch to torpedo UC President Janet Napolitano’s very public plan to tie coaches’ bonuses to players’ academics — a plan they felt did not go far enough.

Newsom delivered the first slam when he told the regents at Thursday’s meeting in San Francisco that “we are doing almost nothing here under the illusion that we are doing something.”

Then Brown swooped into the meeting and, as the TV cameras rolled, called the academic targets so lenient as to “distort the fundamental essence of the university.” For added entertainment, he said as much in Latin: “Mens sana in corpore sano” — a healthy mind in a healthy body.

Then, in a low voice, he suggested to Newsom that he reiterate the message to the media during the break. 

As a result of the objections from Newsom, Brown and others, the regents put the new policy on hold.

As noted, this is Jerry Brown’s ninth decade in California politics. It’s Napolitano’s second year.

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This event also shows how Newsom has learned his place in California politics, which is not to challenge Gov. Brown, but to side with him. Newsom said last June:

As Willie Brown reminded me in a (Chronicle) column, Jerry’s the governor, you’re not. I called Willie and I said, “Thank you. I needed to read that.”

With AG Kamala Harris now running to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate, Newsom’s chances of being elected governor in 2018 have improved. More than three years is a long time. And anything can happen in politics.

But this being Super Bowl weekend, let’s say in the last month Newsom’s odds of be elected governor have improved from 1-3 to 1-2.







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  1. maximilian
    maximilian 29 January, 2015, 13:42

    And, of course, we must do anything and everything to prevent “the Gav” from being elected Governor of California.

    On the subject of the tuition increase, I, like most alums from UC Berkeley, just received an email from Bruce Varner, Chairman of the UC Board of Regents. The essence is to be aware of budget negotiations underway between the state and UC and that we would be called upon “in the not-so-distant future to make the case for the University in the budget process…” In addition, “…this is a high stakes proposition. The state and the University of California literally have grown up together, and in my (Mr. Varner’s) view each has benefited from this symbiotic relationship. One would not be the same without the other.”

    OK, I’ll be ready. Frankly, with all this academic chaos, I still sense Governor Brown is maneuvering for a run at the U.S. Presidency. But, is Napolitano doing the same for a run at the governorship?

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  2. desmond
    desmond 29 January, 2015, 19:43

    As an aside, check the comments of UC Regent, Eddie Island, who is dismayed we want Cal to graduate jocks. It is sad, the year is so young, and this idiot has won the stupidest comment of 2015. He wants them to play sports and get the campus experience. Hey, beat up some people, do some drugs…Go Bears.

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  3. Bill
    Bill 30 January, 2015, 09:07

    So welcome to California, sistah! Thought you could pull some strings with Barby Boxer/Hilly Clinton and just PARACHUTE into a super-plum position when you tired of arming SWAT teams across the fruited plain….Oh, and look out for the DHS VIPER team on your way home tonight…..

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  4. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 30 January, 2015, 09:36

    It’s always gratifying to see a police state goon like Nappy get a public smack down. Very appropriate treatment of someone who is basically an authoritarian creep.

    As someone who’s child is currently in the UC system, I find it quite expensive enough already! Trying to pass a 28% increase on top of the existing bloated tuition shows what a pack of greedy parasites and self serving hypocrites run the California University system.

    Make the University employees and administrators take a 28% pay cut. For the children 🙂

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 30 January, 2015, 09:55

    Dysfun tion

    Your meds bro

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