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Jerry Brown signs ‘brew bike’ bill, goes for spin

Video: Gov. Jerry Brown rides a brew bike

Gov. Jerry Brown rides a brew bike with state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, the author of a brew bike bill signed by Brown. Anne Gust Brown and Nancy McFadden are to the governor's right.
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Gov. Jerry Brown rides a brew bike with state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, the author of a brew bike bill signed by Brown. Anne Gust Brown and Nancy McFadden are to the governor's right.

Every year the Legislature swamps Gov. Jerry Brown with hundreds of bills, and every year – despite signing most of them – he complains.

In 2013, Brown said “these damn bills” were keeping him from more important matters. In vetoing a slate of crime-related legislation Saturday, Brown encouraged lawmakers to “pause and reflect” before further expanding California’s criminal code.

But on Sunday – and on a bill concerning no less pressing an issue than beer drinking on “brew bikes” – the fourth-term Democrat appeared to loosen up.

Brown signed legislation that evening allowing people on pedicabs with as many as 15 riders to imbibe if their city permits it and if a safety monitor is on board. Then he put down his pen and took a brief ride on a beer bike in Sacramento.

“Pedal harder, governor,” a woman called out in a video posted by Brown’s office on Twitter. “Pedal faster.”

Brown signed Senate Bill 530, by Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, without comment. But he was accompanied on the beer bike by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, his executive secretary, Nancy McFadden, and his two dogs. A Twitter account managed for one of them, Sutter, provided some reasoning for his decision:

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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