By all accounts, Gov. Jerry Brown has been more attentive to matters of state than he was while governor before.
But the 75-year-old Democrat lamented Wednesday that the demands of his third term have kept him from understanding state operations as deeply as he would like.
Among other responsibilities, he said in an interview, are “these damn bills,” hundreds of which he must sign or veto by midmonth.
When he is finished, he said, he wants to spend more time doing other things.
“I want to visit more prisons,” he said. “I want to understand the highway system. I want to understand this water system better.”
As governor, “most of the time you’re doing something else. You’re reacting to new desires, called bills, you’re responding to contributors, or you’re raising money, or you’re trying to make news.”
“I’m working pretty darn hard, and yet I can’t spend a lot of time on getting into the intricacies of government,” he said. “So that, over the next year, that’s something that interests me, to try to ... get a real-world feel of what’s under my responsibility.”
That would let him “think and imagine and come up with things,” he said.
– David Siders