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Passed a fiscally responsible budget

Jerry's 2013 budget addressed two of his biggest campaign goals: reducing a huge deficit and grinding down the wall of debt. In addition to an $850 million budget surplus (compared to a $27 billion deficit two years prior), this budget will foster job creation and protect our schools. The 2013 budget also provided vital funding for major infrastructure projects and climate change research.

Improving California's Credit Rating

Because of Jerry's efforts to make a more transparent and responsible budget, S&P upgraded California's credit rating in January due in large part to "policymakers' heightened emphasis on fixing the state's fiscal structure in the past two budgets." [source]


A New Step Forward for California

With his 2012 budget for California, Brown helped move California closer to a crucial goal: eliminating the state's deficit in order to restore fiscal responsibility to our state government. As part of budget reform, Brown also successfully campaigned for public support for new revenues to safeguard education and public safety.

Passed Proposition 30, protecting California's schools

Continuing to make good on his promise to protect California's education system while returning the state to fiscal responsibility, Jerry successfully led a ballot measure to increase funding for California's public education system, securing nearly $6 billion in funding. Prop 30 passed by more than 10 points, representing a mandate to responsibly invest in California's future.


Signed historic budget cutting California's deficit

Jerry signed the 2011-2012 budget into law, dropping General Fund spending to the lowest level in decades, returning authority to local government, and cutting the $26.6 billion deficit in half.

Jerry Stands Up for California Communities

Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Jerry continued to return power to a local level by signing Assembly Bills 109 and 117, shifting law enforcement funds from the state to local governments. These bills also helped close the revolving door plaguing the state prison system, preserving sentence length while shifting the location of the sentences to local facilities.

California Leads in Renewable Energy

In June, Jerry broke ground on the Blythe Solar Power Project, the world's largest solar farm, bringing thousands of jobs to Riverside County and putting the state on track to obtain 33% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.


Jerry is Elected Governor

Jerry was elected for his third term as Governor in 2010. As Governor, Jerry has worked to cut waste, bolster public safety, protect education, and enact new green energy policies.


Standing Up for Equality

Following the California Supreme Court's finding of a state constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Brown refused to defend Proposition 8 in court and also argued against invalidating existing same-sex marriages. After the Court upheld Proposition 8, Brown filed a brief in favor of overturning the proposition.


Jerry Protects Homeowners

In June 2008, Jerry sued Countrywide Financial for engaging in deceptive advertising and unfair competition by pushing homeowners into risky loans for resale. This lawsuit led to a landmark settlement that provided $8.68 billion of home loan and foreclosure relief nationally, including $3.5 billion to California borrowers.


Jerry is Elected Attorney General

Jerry capped off a successful campaign for Attorney General by defeating his Republican opponent in November 2006, winning by one of the largest margins in statewide election history - over 18%.


Brown marries Anne Gust in a ceremony officiated by Senator Dianne Feinstein

Later that day, they had a Catholic ceremony at St. Agnes church, the San Francisco church where Jerry was baptized and his parents were married. The marriage is the first for both.


Brown views CCEnergy residential solar photovoltaic system on Telegraph Avenue

The combination of housing, green buildings and renewable energy are at the core of Brown's efforts to revitalize Oakland. Brown joins CCEnergy President Dan Pellegrini and Developer Roy Alper.


Brown's efforts to reduce crime pay off

When Brown took office in 1998, he pledged a 20 percent reduction in crime. Oakland has exceeded that ambitious goal, with decreases of over 30% in serious crimes (Part I crimes as defined by FBI).


Brown encourages arts in Oakland

On the steps of city hall at the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, this painting by Miguel Botalín was given as a gift to the people of Oakland, California, from the artists of Santiago de Cuba to commemorate the 150th birthday of the City of Oakland.

Oakland School for the Arts opens

Mayor Brown establishes the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) devoted to intensive pre-professional training in the arts within a college-preparatory curriculum. OSA is a public school -- no tuition is charged. The school is a model of integration.

Jerry Brown is re-elected Mayor by 64% of the vote

Mayor Brown continues to fulfill his promise to cut crime, promote economic revitalization, encourage educational innovation and further artistic endeavors.


The Oakland Military Institute opens in Oakland

The Oakland Military Institute College Preparatory Academy (OMI) is the result of a unique collaboration between then Mayor Jerry Brown and the California National Guard. OMI is a public charter school - no tuition is charged.


Jerry Brown discusses plans for a new private high-rise building, Oakland's first in decades

The 21 story office building - 555 City Center - was completed in 2002. Not in decades had private investors shown such confidence in Oakland's economy. The building is now fully occupied. Ground was just broken on another private high-rise office building, testifying to the new vibrancy of downtown Oakland.


Accessible Mayor

Walking with his dog Dharma, Brown chats with curious citizens.

Jerry Brown swears in a new Police Chief

On July, 2 1999, Mayor Brown swears in Police Chief Richard Word. Together, they work to make Oakland safer.


Jerry Brown is elected Mayor of Oakland California with 59% of the vote

Upon taking office, Brown emphasized four goals: reducing crime, revitalizing the downtown, encouraging educational innovation and promoting the arts.


Jerry runs for Democratic Presidential nomination

Brown beats Clinton in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. Brown runs on campaign reform, attacking the corrupting influence of money. Even though he accepted contributions of no more than $100, he raised over $10 million.


Jerry elected State Party Chairman

Jerry returns to state politics, winning 2 to 1 over Steve Westly for California State Democratic Party Chair.


Jerry travels to Bangladesh during the floods

Jerry appointed Ambassador of Goodwill for CARE and travels to Bangladesh to distribute food during ravaging floods.


Jerry meets at the White House with President Carter

Even though Brown beat Carter in 5 primaries in the 1976 election, they forge a solid working relationship.

Brown reviews California National Guard at Fort Irwin

Brown gives strong support to the California National Guard, particulary its youth program, the California Cadet Corps.

Jerry Travels to Calcutta, India

Jerry meets Mother Teresa and works under direction at the Home for the Dying.


Brown meets with Menachem Begin

Brown forges close relationships with Israel and establishes California-Israel solar exchange. Previously, in 1973, Brown had a private audience with David Ben-Gurion in Israel.


Jerry inaugurated as the 34th Governor of California

Chief Justice Donald Wright administers the oath of office to Jerry as Senator Alan Cranston looks on.

Landmark Farm Labor Bill Enacted

Brown and Chavez walk together in La Paz and discuss farm labor issues. Brown pushes Agricultural Labor Relations Act, the first in the country.


Jerry runs for Governor of California

Time magazine selects Brown's campaign to showcase post Watergate politics. Brown wins in close election.


Brown elected to Los Angeles Community Board of Trustees

In a field of 124 candidates, Brown comes in first and wins his first election.


Jerry meets Pope Paul VI

Governor and Mrs. Brown, together with Jerry and sister Kathleen, have private audience with Pope Paul VI at Castle Gondolfo.


Pat Brown upsets Richard Nixon to be re-elected Governor

Jerry takes time off from Yale school to work in Father's re-election campaign. With strong support from President Kennedy, Pat Brown becomes the first Democrat to be re-elected Governor of California. Pat and Jerry Brown are the only 2 Democrats to serve two complete terms as Governor.


Jerry and Father duck hunt with Chief Justice Earl Warren

Pat Brown and Earl Warren bring Jerry duck hunting in Colusa county, the birthplace of Jerry's paternal Grandmother (in 1878). Brown served as Attorney General when Warren was Governor of California.


Jerry's Father inaugurated California's 32nd Governor

The Brown Family gathers for the first time in the old Governor's mansion after the inaugural ceremonies.


Jerry Attends Seminary

Jerry and friend Frank Damrell (now federal judge) join their fathers at Sacred Heart Novitiate. Jerry spends four years of silence, prayer, manual work and study of the classics.


Jerry's First Campaign

Jerry's father, Pat Brown, accompanied by Mrs. Brown, Jerry, Barbara and Cynthia, files to run for district attorney of San Francisco. He takes office on January 8, 1944.

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