After he won election four years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown set up a committee to fund his inaugural ceremonies and raised more than $500,000 from private donors with a range of interests before the state.
He spent less than one-fifth of that amount on low-frills events, and he has been using leftover funds – through donations to the Governor’s Residence Foundation of California – to pay his rent at his loft in Sacramento.
But the inaugural committee remains open, and as of June 2013 it still held assets of more than $220,000.
That would be more than enough to finance a day of events in January like the one Brown held in 2011. That year, Brown was sworn in at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium, and he hosted a reception at the California State Railroad Museum.
When asked about the Democratic governor’s plans for a historic fourth inauguration, spokesman Evan Westrup would say only “stay tuned.”
But one feature will be the same. The Orange County Employees Association said it will once again host a picnic on the Capitol’s north lawn.
“It will be the same program as last time,” association spokeswoman Jennifer Muir said.
In 2011, Brown nibbled on a hot dog but did not speak at the event, and there were boos when the crowd learned he wasn’t planning to.
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