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Gov. Jerry Brown talks to reporters last month about his proposed state budget. A visiting Canadian official praised Brown’s budget management.

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    As smartphones have become increasingly popular items for many Californians, they have also become a favorite target for thieves. The Federal Communications Commission says 30 to 40 percent of all robberies involve cellphone theft. The problem has prompted state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, to push Senate Bill 962 to require a so-called “kill switch” to render phones inoperable if they are stolen, discouraging theft. A wireless trade group opposed a similar proposal when carrier Samsung floated the idea last year.

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The Buzz: British Columbia premier joins Jerry Brown fan club

Published: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 - 12:00 am

Canadian premier is a fan of governor’s policies

California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia agreed last year to work together on climate change, so the environment was the natural focus when the Canadian province’s premier paid a visit the other day to California Gov. Jerry Brown.

The premier, Christy Clark, said California and its governor provide evidence environmental policies can be pursued without burdening the overall economy.

“The economy’s growing, unemployment’s going down, he’s slayed the deficit,” Clark said. “You’ve got to look at the outcomes, and the outcomes are good.”

Environmentalists in California have said Brown is too lenient with industry, while conservatives criticized the Democratic governor for the tax-raising initiative he championed in 2012.

But Clark is a fan. She emerged from the meeting with one of the cards Brown has been handing out since giving his State of the State address last month. It includes a photograph of his Pembroke Welsh corgi, Sutter, on one side, and a chart of past deficits on the other.

“Remember,” she said, “before Governor Brown took over, everybody said this place was ungovernable.”

– David Siders

Worth repeating

“Jerry Brown turned off the water, and God turned it back on.” ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY, GOP gubernatorial candidate in Fresno, remarking on the rain at his rally

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