By Evan Sherwood Correspondent, Ventura County Star
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and California Attorney General Jerry Brown stopped in Santa Barbara Monday to reach out to a group of voters born years after his tenure as state governor ended in 1983 — college students.
Brown spoke to more than 600 people gathered at UC Santa Barbara, saying as governor he would fight student fee increases, support environmental regulations and scrap partisan bickering in Sacramento. He called on students for support and said the state should not allow the economic downturn to burden the cost of education.
Brown, 72, made light of the age difference between him and his young audience, telling students he had the experience to fight for reforms.
“I started doing this stuff before most of you were born,” Brown said. “I don’t know how you’re going to fight back. Maybe on Facebook.”
In addition to supporting reductions in student fees, Brown told the crowd he opposed offshore drilling in California. He pointed to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as an example of its dangers, saying the state should support strong environmental regulations.
Brown’s ideas on the environment won the support of at least one student in the audience. Third-year UC Santa Barbara student and registered independent Ricardo Herrera said he would vote for Brown.
“I like what he said, especially about the environment,” Herrera said. “I make my choice on the candidate, not on the party.”
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