Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

Press secretary Gil Duran, left, and Gov. Jerry Brown leave a Capitol news conference last month. Duran says it has been "a true honor" to work for Brown.

The Buzz: Jerry Brown's press secretary leaving administration

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Jerry Brown's press secretary, Gil Duran, is leaving the administration.

Asked Tuesday about Duran's impending departure, Brown declined to comment.

"Maybe later," he said after an Oakland event, "but nothing today that I can opine on."

Duran later sent out an email confirming his departure, calling it "a true honor" to work for Brown.

His next move? "I am returning to Oakland to continue my public service in the Office of the Attorney General."

Brown has been through numerous press secretaries since he first became governor in 1975. Duran, however, has lasted longer than most.

The combative spokesman was an aide and press secretary to Brown when he was Oakland mayor from 2004 to 2007. Duran joined the governor's administration in 2011, at the start of Brown's third term.

Like many press secretaries, Duran attacked his boss's critics – from Fox News to the legislative Republicans he once called "basically moronic."

On election night, after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Brown's rhetoric in his campaign to raise taxes, Duran sent Newsom a clip on Twitter of Elvis Presley singing, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"

Duran was communications director for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein from 2008 to 2010.

– David Siders

THE STATE WORKER

Brown administration officials have announced three dates – Feb. 28, Mar. 7 and Mar. 14 – for state worker unions to deliver initial contract proposals. State law requires the so-called "sunshine meetings." Pacts for 19 of the 21 bargaining units expire in July. Unions representing firefighters and CHP officers extended theirs until 2017 and 2018, respectively.

– Jon Ortiz

WORTH REPEATING

"I would like to see it easier for people to afford a house. But ... there's a lot of risk, I guess, especially if you get divorced, a problem that I avoided by not getting married until recently."

GOV. JERRY BROWN, who wed his wife, Anne Gust Brown, in 2005 – a first marriage for both of them

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