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A European custom returns to California with Gov. Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown is bringing guest books to California

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed guest books all across Europe during a November 2017 trip for climate talks.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed guest books all across Europe during a November 2017 trip for climate talks.

Today is Gov. Jerry Brown’s last day of events in 10-day mission to Europe on climate change, and the Democratic governor is bringing a European custom back to California.

As the Democratic governor negotiated the region, he was invited to sign guest books at stops across Germany, and in Belgium and Norway.

In one, Brown left a quote from the Roman poet Virgil. In another, he wrote, “Getting the carbon out, we make a better world.”

Asked about the tradition, Brown said he’s decided to bring it to Sacramento.

While the governor has yet to work out the details, including the size, color and style of the books, he plans to install one at the Capitol and another at the governor’s mansion downtown.

“It’s decided,” Brown said.

Though he lacked a book, Brown’s office has not been devoid of signing events. Many of the dignitaries who join his climate change coalition have appeared in person to pose for photos of themselves signing on.

Pressed for more details about the planned books, an aide promised “a thoughtful process.”

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