The shades have been added to Jerry Brown's portrait that accompanies this TV ad by anti-logging environmentalists.

The Buzz: Jerry Brown hit over clear-cut logging in California

Published: Tuesday, May. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 14, 2013 - 2:30 pm

TV ad is a clear-cut whack at Brown's logging stance

An environmental group is airing ads on cable TV criticizing Gov. Jerry Brown for clear-cut logging on thousands of acres of forestland.

Marily Woodhouse, co-founder of the Manton-based Battle Creek Alliance, said Monday her organization paid $3,000 to air spots this month on CNN, MSNBC and other cable networks in Sacramento.

The tiny ad buy reflects an ongoing conflict between environmentalists and business over logging on private land. One ad features a photograph of the governor in a superimposed pair of sunglasses.

"Where's the real Gov. Jerry Brown?" the ad says. "We don't know where this Jerry Brown impostor came from, but will the real one who values California's inhabitants and natural resources over the wealthy, special-interest, short-term profiteers please come back?"

Woodhouse said she decided to air the ad because, on logging issues generally, "we've worked on this for a long time but really gotten nowhere."

Richard Stapler, a spokesman for Brown's Natural Resources Agency, said in an email that California has "the strictest timber harvest regulations in the country" and that the administration "remains committed to protecting and preserving our rich natural resources, while supporting important economic activities."

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