Jerry Brown, center, then mayor of Oakland, appears before the state Senate Committee on Local Government at the state Capitol in 2003, to testify about budget cuts to local government. With Brown, at left is Oakland police officer and union president Robert Valladon; at right is Oakland police chief Richard Word.
Jerry Brown, center, then mayor of Oakland, appears before the state Senate Committee on Local Government at the state Capitol in 2003, to testify about budget cuts to local government. With Brown, at left is Oakland police officer and union president Robert Valladon; at right is Oakland police chief Richard Word. Dick Schmidt Sacramento Bee file
Jerry Brown, center, then mayor of Oakland, appears before the state Senate Committee on Local Government at the state Capitol in 2003, to testify about budget cuts to local government. With Brown, at left is Oakland police officer and union president Robert Valladon; at right is Oakland police chief Richard Word. Dick Schmidt Sacramento Bee file
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