Politics & Government

The Buzz: Jerry Brown to give rare speech in Washington

Gov. Jerry Brown, who visits Washington infrequently and typically keeps a low profile when he does, will head east this week to give a rare speech there.

Brown’s remarks at a conference hosted by the liberal think tank Center for American Progress on Thursday are expected to range from California’s financial recovery to the partisanship in Washington.

“He’s been asked to speak about how California is tackling its fiscal challenges and getting things done, at a time when gridlock and partisanship dominate national politics,” Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said in an email Monday.

The Democratic governor made frequent appearances in Washington when he was governor before, from 1975 to 1983, and while running unsuccessfully for president, but he has sharply limited his out-of-state travel since returning to office in 2011.

He has said he wants to advocate on the national stage for changes in immigration and environmental policy.

Also on Thursday’s program are Secretary of State John Kerry, former Vice President Al Gore and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

David Siders


Advocates and family members of people killed by law officers are gathering at 10 a.m. today on the Capitol’s west steps for a rally and march for the 18th National Day Against Police Brutality protests scheduled across the country. Expected speakers include former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso; Cephus Johnson, whose nephew Oscar Grant was shot to death at an Oakland BART station in 2009; and Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who died after being beaten by Fullerton police in 2011.

Bee Capitol Bureau


“Maybe we can trade water for jail inmates.”

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, in response to his San Francisco colleague Tom Ammiano’s observation Monday that San Francisco jails weren’t overcrowded.