Politics & Government

The Buzz: Jerry Brown delivers ‘reality sandwich’ to UC

Jerry Brown delivers ‘reality sandwich’ to UC regents

It will be another two months before Gov. Jerry Brown makes his budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year, but the Democrat is already moving to temper expectations.

At a meeting Thursday in San Francisco of the University of California’s governing board, Brown called unrealistic a UC budget proposal seeking about $121million more in general fund support than he is expected to propose.

Brown signed a budget this year increasing UC’s base funding by about $142 million. He has proposed a 5percent increase next year as long as UC keeps tuition flat.

Brown told regents the Legislature is unlikely to offer UC any more than that. There are competing interests at the Capitol, he said, and “that’s kind of the reality sandwich we have to chew on.”

Regent Sherry Lansing said officials may be able to “move the needle” by lobbying in Sacramento, but Brown said the prospects aren’t high.

The former seminarian told regents they may think his “Jesuitical harshness is not nice” but he was only delivering “hard truths,” telling them, “You have an ally, and a skilled ally, in the trenches of Sacramento.”

– David Siders


California’s property values dropped far more than those in other states when the housing bubble burst and recession hit, but they remain among the nation’s highest, according to a new Census Bureau report. The median value of the state’s residential property plunged $102,600 from 2007 to 2012, a decline approached only by the $99,400 drop in Nevada. The national decline was $17,300. Despite the drop in California, its median home value is still the nation’s third-highest, behind Hawaii and the District of Columbia.

– Dan Walters