Brown joins chorus of approval over Craigslist policy shift

Scott Sabatini -

Following news of a deal between Craigslist and state attorneys general seeking to shut down the Web site's erotic services category, California Attorney General Jerry Brown issued a statement lauding the agreement.

"By taking steps to eliminate its so-called erotic services section, Craigslist has struck a blow against the exploitation of vulnerable teenagers," Brown said today in a statement issued by his office. 

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Op-Ed: Optimistic about Oakland

Clinton Killian

Despite the down economy, Oakland is still seen as a positive investment. As other cities' projects are stalled, Oakland is moving forward on several important fronts.

The rebuilding of Jack London Square is going full steam ahead. Some people thought that the economic downturn would stall the project. Others thought the untimely passing of Bay Area real estate icon Hal Ellis, Jr., of Ellis Partners, and one of the driving forces of the project would slow the project down.

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State's Top Cop Takes on Bay Area's Biggest Bank

NBC Bay Area News

Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo claiming the bank defrauded investors.

Watch the full story from last night's NBC Bay Area News.

Brown Sues Gas Station Chain for Endangering Inland Empire Groundwater Supplies

Imperial Valley News

RIVERSIDE - Fighting to safeguard groundwater supplies threatened by toxic contamination, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. has filed suit against a national gas station chain - TravelCenters of America - to force the corporation to comply with underground fuel storage laws it has "knowingly and repeatedly disregarded" for years.

"TravelCenters of America has knowingly and repeatedly disregarded California's underground fuel storage laws for years," Attorney General Brown said. "This has put the Inland Empire's scarce groundwater supplies at serious risk of contamination."

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Eyeing Governor's Chair, Brown Goes Back to Future

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As former Gov. Jerry Brown eyes another bid for California's top job, his political opponents want voters to see him as the lava lamp candidate in the age of Twitter.

But polls in innovative and forward-thinking California show the 71-year old state attorney general leading the field of contenders vying to succeed Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger next year. So painting Brown as a 1970s-era throwback is a theme uniting Democrats and Republicans alike.

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Saving $10 Billion with Efficiency

Wallstreet Journal

Two weeks ago The Wall Street Journal kicked off a debate on how best to allocate scarce resources to solve the world's problems. Bjorn Lomborg offered a summary of the latest findings from his Copenhagen Consensus project, where he has enlisted some of the world's top economists to address the issue. Now we're offering views on the subject from top political and business leaders. How would you spend $10 billion of American resources (either directly or through regulation) over the next four years to help improve the state of the world?

By Jerry Brown Monday, August 11, 2008; A15

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Sacramento Dreaming Again

Washington Post

SAN FRANCISCO -- California's former and perhaps future governor, Jerry Brown, says it took him 13 minutes to get here from Oakland, where he was mayor for eight years and now lives. He came on BART, the transit system launched by his father, Pat, who was Democratic governor for two terms until beaten by Ronald Reagan in 1966, which ended a political career that began in 1928 when Pat ran unsuccessfully, as a Republican, for the state Assembly.

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Brown Sues Countrywide Financial

San Francisco Chronicle

California Attorney General Jerry Brown sued Countrywide Financial Corp. and two of its top executives, alleging they used misleading advertising and unfair business practices to dupe consumers into accepting risky home loans that would eventually force thousands of them into foreclosure.

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Atty. Gen. Brown Sues Countrywide For Mortgage Deception

By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

June 26, 2008

As Countrywide Financial Corp. shareholders voted Wednesday to ratify the company's sale, ending an era for the mortgage industry, California sued the No. 1 home lender in a broad condemnation of its business practices.

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The Anti-Governator

The Economist

Jerry Brown wants to be governor of California again

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER may be less than halfway through his final term as California's governor, but the slow dance to replace him is already under way. One figure looms above all others. Jerry Brown is not, you understand, running a campaign just yet. But he has begun to raise money and muse publicly on the state's future. He begins a sentence with: “Were I to be governor”. As he himself puts it, he would not be behaving any differently if he were in the race.

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