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  • Barry Brecheisen / The Associated Press

    Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hair isn’t the only thing that’s changed about him, according to former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. He’s also getting up to speed on social media.

  • Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com

    Assembly Speaker John A. Perez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg before Gov. Jerry Brown delivers the 2014 State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

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  • Ballot Watch

    Consumer Watchdog submitted more than 800,000 signatures Monday for a ballot measure that would modify the state's $250,000 cap on pain and suffering in medical-malpractice cases, touching off what promises to be a fierce battle with medical providers and their insurers.

    The cap was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 1975 and has been the subject of political maneuvering ever since between the medical industry and Consumer Attorneys of California, whose members pursue personal-injury cases.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Willie Brown pal around

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 - 12:16 am

Power and hair: both things, Willie Brown was reminded recently, tend to fade.

The long-tenured former Assembly speaker wrote in his weekend San Francisco Chronicle column that he’d caught up with another ex-California pol, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Some things remain the same, he wrote: Schwarzenegger’s self-assuredness and flashy style choices persist.

“Arnold has never been short on confidence, and on that count nothing has changed. And the jeans, boots, black leather blazer, rings bigger than the ones Sammy Davis Jr. wore – the standard Schwarzenegger attire endures.”

But something was off.

“It wasn’t until halfway through our coffee that I realized the change,” Brown wrote. “That orange Hollywood hair that he sported for so many years was gone.”

In Brown’s telling, Schwarzenegger has also become a tech acolyte, excitedly talking about Twitter and email.

Ever the consummate politician, Brown reminded Schwarzenegger of the drawbacks of too much communication by telling him what the “e” in “email” stands for:

“Evidence.”

– Jeremy B. White


BALLOT WATCH

Consumer Watchdog submitted more than 800,000 signatures Monday for a ballot measure that would modify the state's $250,000 cap on pain and suffering in medical-malpractice cases, touching off what promises to be a fierce battle with medical providers and their insurers.

The cap was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 1975 and has been the subject of political maneuvering ever since between the medical industry and Consumer Attorneys of California, whose members pursue personal-injury cases.

– Dan Walters


WORTH REPEATING

“It’s a missed opportunity.”

SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM DARRELL STEINBERG, on the collapse of negotiations between lawyers and doctors working on a bill to raise the cap on damages for pain and suffering.



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