Gov. Jerry Brown was back on campus Tuesday.
The Democratic governor, in Long Beach for a meeting of the California State University board of trustees, lingered for several hours, weighing in on topics ranging from the global economy and poverty to collective bargaining and student housing.
Dormitories shouldn't be too luxurious, the former seminarian said, suggesting students could benefit from a "more austere experience."
Brown is a member of the University of California and California State University governing boards, but he only rarely attended meetings until recently.
Brown met with UC regents over two days last week in San Francisco.
Brown is lobbying California's colleges and universities to reduce costs and to expand their online course offerings. In his budget plan released this month, Brown proposed additional funding of $250 million next year for each system.
That amount is less than what CSU and UC requested. Still, college officials at least publicly have largely responded enthusiastically both to the budget proposal and to Brown's heightened interest in their affairs.
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, is reviving a proposal banning all single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores. Under Assembly Bill 158, most grocery retailers could no longer provide thin plastic bags for customers starting in 2015. Levine is recycling language from a failed 2011-12 proposal that died amid opposition from plastic bag manufacturers and grocers.
"We're not fighting any war: I still hope for reconciliation; I still love Maria." ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, former governor, speaking to Germany's largest newspaper, Bild, as he promotes his new movie