Sally McKeag / California Strategies

Sutter, Gov. Jerry Brown's dog, flops over at the Doggy Dash.

The Buzz: What was California first dog Sutter Brown thinking? Time to vote

Published: Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

What was California first dog Sutter Brown thinking?

Capitol Alert recently put that question to readers, and our exercise in interspecies telepathy produced more than 250 responses.

The offerings were as varied as canine breeds with plenty of jokes about tummy rubs, pork and Latin, which Sutter's dad, Gov. Jerry Brown, enjoys sprinkling into speeches.

A few readers wanted to tell us about their own pet corgis. One reader went with the stuff-the-ballot-box approach, submitting 18 offers.

After a dogged search, we've narrowed contenders down to the following five. (If you need a little context, Sutter was taking a break after gracing the Sacramento SPCA's Doggy Dash with his presence.)

1. "If you scratch my belly … I'll scratch yours."

2. "I'm not wearing a wire. Rub my belly and check."

3. "The governor told me to either strike this ridiculous pose for the SPCA, or start digging the Delta tunnels."

4. "Now that (Senate leader Darrell) Steinberg and (Assembly Speaker John A.) Pérez have rolled over for the governor, why shouldn't I?"

5. "I shouldn't have had that second drink at the duck pond."

Send your vote to capitolalertcontests@gmail. com by 11:59 p.m. Monday.

– Jeremy B. White


California has hung a "for sale" sign on an 81-acre parcel in Silicon Valley once occupied by Agnews Developmental Center. According to the Department of General Services, the San Jose property includes some 49 structures and 586 trees near highways 101, 880 and 237. Agnews opened in 1888. The last residents moved out in 2009, and the facility officially closed two years later.

– Jon Ortiz


"You know you're the newest Assembly member when someone speaks & you have to ask your seatmate 'Who is that?' (Answer: Mr. Patterson)"

ASSEMBLYWOMAN LORENA GONZALEZ, D-San Diego, referring to Fresno Republican Jim Patterson via Twitter during the budget votes Friday, just 17 days after she took office

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