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By Candice Baker | October 29, 2009
Jerry Brown was the state’s youngest governor in 110 years when he took office. If he wins the job again, he would be the oldest governor in California history. Brown, 71, the current state attorney general, spoke Thursday at UC Irvine about education, the criminal justice system and the need for additional water infrastructure statewide. A mixed crowd of hundreds of Brown supporters and UCI students lined up as much as an hour early for the chance to see the man critics call Moonbeam.
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October 20, 2009
California Atty. Gen. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, a former Democratic governor who’s exploring a run for the 2010 gubernatorial election, will speak at UC Irvine on Oct. 29. Brown will visit the campus next Thursday, where he will talk about his 40-year career in politics and take questions about California’s future. He’ll be giving the Jack W. Peltason Lecture, sponsored by the School of Social Sciences’ Center for the Study of Democracy. The lecture will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. at the UCI Student Center’s Crystal Cove Auditorium.
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September 26, 2012
California state code will no longer call people "mentally retarded" or refer to "mental retardation" once a new law Gov. Jerry Brown signed Saturday goes into effect. Those terms will be replaced with references to "intellectual disability. " Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) authored AB 2370, known as the Shriver R-Word Act. It was named after Dr. Timothy Shriver, chairman and chief executive of the Special Olympics, according to a press release from Mansoor's office. It was intended to "recognize the Shriver family's longstanding commitment and hard-work with the intellectually disabled community.
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By Lauren Williams | December 29, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown this week announced the appointment of a Newport Beach woman to the Orange County Superior Court bench, according to a news release. Terri K. Flynn-Peister, 38, of Newport Beach previously worked as deputy chief assistant U.S. attorney for the Central California District, according to the governor's Thursday announcement. Before that, Flynn-Peister was an assistant U.S. attorney for the boarder crimes unit between 2001 and 2002, and worked at Latham & Watkins LLP between 1999 2001, according to the announcement.
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By Lauren Williams | December 27, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown this week pardoned a Newport Beach man for crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s and praised him as an example of someone who can turn their life around with philanthropic work. Thomas George Pfleger, 61, received a pardon for three previous convictions in 1970, 1976 and 1983 for drug-related offenses and second-degree robbery, according to his pardon. "He is ecstatic, and feels it was a great Christmas present," said Pfleger's attorney, Allan Stokke. "The pardon illustrates the forgiveness part of the Christmas message.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 5, 2011
COSTA MESA — The state department in charge of selling the Orange County Fairgrounds has asked an appellate court to reschedule a Feb. 8 lawsuit hearing to give Gov. Jerry Brown time to review the case. Brown took office Monday. His predecessor, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, supported selling the state-owned fairgrounds to a private group. "[The Department of General Services] is making this request so the new administration and the governor have the opportunity to review the case and determine how it wants to proceed," said state Deputy Atty.
NEWS
February 9, 2011
COSTA MESA — Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to abandon the sale of the 11 state properties that were placed on the market by the previous administration is a good sign for those who want to keep the Orange County Fairgrounds in public hands, a state lawmaker close to the deal said Wednesday. "Although Gov. Brown did not include the fairgrounds in his statement today, legislators and community leaders have had positive conversations with the governor and his staff regarding stopping the sale of the fairgrounds," Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim)
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By Lauren Williams | February 21, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday appointed to the Orange County Fair Board an attorney who worked to stop the proposed sale of the fairgrounds and a businessman whose company provided trash service to Newport Beach. Attorney Ashleigh Aitken, 36, a Democrat from Anaheim, and businessman Stan Tkaczyk, 66, a Republican from Newport Beach, were appointed to replace Dale Dykema and Gary Hayakawa, who have been serving on the nine-member board since 2004. They are scheduled to be sworn into their unpaid positions prior to the Fair Board's March 22 meeting.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 11, 2011
COSTA MESA — Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) on Tuesday expressed dismay with the lack of pension reform in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget cutbacks. This week, Brown unveiled a plan to cut $12.5 billion in spending and get closer to balancing the state's ailing budget. Mansoor, however, said that while the governor's proposal makes "difficult and necessary cuts," it avoids the big elephant in the room: public employee pensions, which continue to be among the biggest costs for the state.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | January 22, 2011
Recently I heard KFI AM's Bill Handel say that Southern California Edison is attempting to increase its rates by 7% so that, among other things, it can cover the economic losses sustained by the pension plans of its retirees. Now wait a minute! Almost everybody's retirement plans took big economic hits during this recession, so why would we be required to reach into our pockets to pay for the losses sustained by the SCE workers? Simply stated, this is wrong, and things like this need to be addressed.
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By Patrice Apodaca | May 3, 2013
Underlying all the many issues in education is one big, persistent problem: income inequality. From preschool to college, from test scores to technology access, socioeconomic status is the single most important determinant of student opportunity and achievement. This has long been, and probably will always be the case, but it hasn't always been addressed or even fully acknowledged. Recently, however, some bold, yet vastly different, responses to the have/have-not problem have emerged, each bringing fresh controversy while challenging our ideas about how far our public school system should go to try to engineer solutions.
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By Lauren Williams | December 29, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown this week announced the appointment of a Newport Beach woman to the Orange County Superior Court bench, according to a news release. Terri K. Flynn-Peister, 38, of Newport Beach previously worked as deputy chief assistant U.S. attorney for the Central California District, according to the governor's Thursday announcement. Before that, Flynn-Peister was an assistant U.S. attorney for the boarder crimes unit between 2001 and 2002, and worked at Latham & Watkins LLP between 1999 2001, according to the announcement.
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By Lauren Williams | December 27, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown this week pardoned a Newport Beach man for crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s and praised him as an example of someone who can turn their life around with philanthropic work. Thomas George Pfleger, 61, received a pardon for three previous convictions in 1970, 1976 and 1983 for drug-related offenses and second-degree robbery, according to his pardon. "He is ecstatic, and feels it was a great Christmas present," said Pfleger's attorney, Allan Stokke. "The pardon illustrates the forgiveness part of the Christmas message.
NEWS
September 26, 2012
California state code will no longer call people "mentally retarded" or refer to "mental retardation" once a new law Gov. Jerry Brown signed Saturday goes into effect. Those terms will be replaced with references to "intellectual disability. " Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) authored AB 2370, known as the Shriver R-Word Act. It was named after Dr. Timothy Shriver, chairman and chief executive of the Special Olympics, according to a press release from Mansoor's office. It was intended to "recognize the Shriver family's longstanding commitment and hard-work with the intellectually disabled community.
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By Lauren Williams | February 21, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday appointed to the Orange County Fair Board an attorney who worked to stop the proposed sale of the fairgrounds and a businessman whose company provided trash service to Newport Beach. Attorney Ashleigh Aitken, 36, a Democrat from Anaheim, and businessman Stan Tkaczyk, 66, a Republican from Newport Beach, were appointed to replace Dale Dykema and Gary Hayakawa, who have been serving on the nine-member board since 2004. They are scheduled to be sworn into their unpaid positions prior to the Fair Board's March 22 meeting.
NEWS
February 9, 2011
COSTA MESA — Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to abandon the sale of the 11 state properties that were placed on the market by the previous administration is a good sign for those who want to keep the Orange County Fairgrounds in public hands, a state lawmaker close to the deal said Wednesday. "Although Gov. Brown did not include the fairgrounds in his statement today, legislators and community leaders have had positive conversations with the governor and his staff regarding stopping the sale of the fairgrounds," Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim)
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By James P. Gray | January 22, 2011
Recently I heard KFI AM's Bill Handel say that Southern California Edison is attempting to increase its rates by 7% so that, among other things, it can cover the economic losses sustained by the pension plans of its retirees. Now wait a minute! Almost everybody's retirement plans took big economic hits during this recession, so why would we be required to reach into our pockets to pay for the losses sustained by the SCE workers? Simply stated, this is wrong, and things like this need to be addressed.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 11, 2011
COSTA MESA — Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) on Tuesday expressed dismay with the lack of pension reform in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget cutbacks. This week, Brown unveiled a plan to cut $12.5 billion in spending and get closer to balancing the state's ailing budget. Mansoor, however, said that while the governor's proposal makes "difficult and necessary cuts," it avoids the big elephant in the room: public employee pensions, which continue to be among the biggest costs for the state.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 5, 2011
COSTA MESA — The state department in charge of selling the Orange County Fairgrounds has asked an appellate court to reschedule a Feb. 8 lawsuit hearing to give Gov. Jerry Brown time to review the case. Brown took office Monday. His predecessor, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, supported selling the state-owned fairgrounds to a private group. "[The Department of General Services] is making this request so the new administration and the governor have the opportunity to review the case and determine how it wants to proceed," said state Deputy Atty.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna and Mona Shadia | January 15, 2010
With a lower-than-expected winning bid, Newport Beach-based Craig Realty Group Inc., came out the victor from the state’s controversial move Thursday to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds. Craig Realty Group Inc., is a privately owned company that buys expansive swaths of property throughout the country and turns them into huge, luxury outlet malls. According to the company’s website, the company “is a leader in development and management of income producing upscale factory outlet centers,” such as the Cabazon Outlets mall.
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