The public has "a legitimate interest" in knowing his whereabouts, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday, but he was still mum on where he vacationed while out of state over the weekend.
"I have to have a few moments of privacy," the Democratic governor told reporters Tuesday after a California Highway Patrol memorial event in West Sacramento.
He declined to say where he'd been.
Brown has left the state only a handful of times since taking office last year, mostly for short trips on official business.
He traveled more frequently when he was governor before, from 1975 to 1983, and when he was running for president.
What about last weekend?
"I was on R&R," Brown said.
That's more than his office would say about the trip.
When Brown left California last Thursday, his administration's advisory said only: "The governor has left the state."
It's not much different than the policy followed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose personal trips were seldom acknowledged in any detail.
But the globally famous movie star found it a little more difficult to fly under the radar in places like Idaho and Hawaii or even Mexico than the current governor.
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YVONNE WALKER, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1000, in an opinion piece at CNN.com championing California legislation to let private-sector workers enroll in a state-run retirement program. Senate Bill 1234 is set to be heard in committee on Monday.
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