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Jerry Brown calls state's global warming law the key difference between him, Meg Whitman

By Ken McLaughlin and Paul Rogers - San Jose Mercury News

Calling the issue the defining difference between himself and Republican Meg Whitman in the governor's race, Democrat Jerry Brown gave an impassioned defense Thursday of California's landmark global warming law.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Mercury News editorial board, the attorney general called Assembly Bill 32 — now under attack by conservatives and some business interests as a job killer — "a path forward" for the Golden State. Brown said the new law would create hundreds of thousands of clean-energy jobs, reclaiming from China leadership of the cleantech economy.

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California's Violent Crime Rate Falls for Third Consecutive Year

Office of Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - Praising the "dedicated and courageous efforts" of local law enforcement officials, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released the California Department of Justice's annual crime report for 2009, which continued the promising trend of declining crime rates in California, including a 6.6% reduction in the state's violent crime rate.

"This latest drop in crime," Brown said, "is good news for Californians and reflects well on the dedicated and courageous efforts of peace officers throughout the state. Yet it is no cause for complacency. Crime remains a serious problem in California, and law enforcement officials at every level must redouble their efforts to ensure public safety."

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Brown's Elder Abuse Bureau Seeks Other Victims of Home Health Care Worker Who Stole Thousands from Elderly Client

Office of the Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that his office is seeking additional victims of a former home health care worker, Antoinette Thomas, 31, of Los Angeles County, who has been charged with "stealing more than $7,000" over a period of two weeks from an elderly woman in her care.

"In just a few days, Thomas stole more than $7,000 from her elderly client, racking up huge credit card bills and forging personal checks," Brown said. "Other elders who have been exploited by this woman should step forward so she can be held fully accountable."

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Hate Crimes in California Drop 20% in 2009

Office of the Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released an "encouraging" 2009 annual report showing that hate crimes in California fell by more than 20% last year, but he warned that we are still a long way from ending bigotry and prejudice.

"While the drop in these crimes is encouraging," Brown said, "hate has certainly not been banished from California. The sheer total of incidents motivated by hate is a reminder of how much harder we need to work to overcome prejudice, bigotry and ignorance."

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Brown and CalPERS Launch Probe into Excessive Local Government Salaries

Office of the Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - Spurred by the outrageously high salaries paid to public officials in the city of Bell, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today launched a joint investigation with CalPERS into the compensation paid by Bell and other local governments throughout the state. 



"These outrageous salaries in Bell are shocking and beyond belief," Brown said. "With record deficits and painful budget cuts facing California cities, astronomical local government salaries raise serious questions and demand a thorough investigation." 



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Pleasanton Agrees to Brown's Plan for More Housing Closer to Where People Work

Office of the Attorney General

PLEASANTON - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the City of Pleasanton have reached a precedent-setting agreement ending Pleasanton's restrictions on new housing and opening the way for jobs and new housing to be located close to each other.

"This agreement clears the way for new jobs, less congested freeways and cleaner air," Brown said. "It requires homes to be built closer to where people work to reduce long commutes and create a more neighborly urban environment."

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Brown Secures Judgment Against Two Men Responsible for Brutal Orange County Hate Crime Attack

Office of the Attorney General

SANTA ANA - In a "notable judgment" for victims of violent hate crimes, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that his office has secured a novel civil award against two individuals who targeted a man based on his ethnicity, forced him out of his car and beat him until blood flowed from his ears.

"Victims of crimes inspired by hate deserve every remedy available under the law," Brown said. "This notable judgment ensures that in California, justice doesn't stop at the criminal courtroom door."

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Brown Reaches Settlement to Reduce Children's Lead Exposure in Artificial Turf

Office of the Attorney General

OAKLAND - Continuing his fight to reduce children's exposure to lead, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a settlement that requires two of the largest makers and installers of artificial turf to eliminate nearly all lead from their products.

"Because schools, public parks and daycare centers use artificial turf, it's critical that we minimize the amount of lead it contains," Brown said. "Today's agreement will get the lead out of artificial turf in playgrounds and ball fields around the state."

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Brown Announces Results of Operation Watchdog to Keep Tabs on Hundreds of Registered Sex Offenders in San Diego

Office of the Attorney General

SAN DIEGO -- Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced today the successful completion of "Operation Watchdog," an unprecedented law enforcement sweep to verify that 300 registered sex offenders in San Diego are obeying the law and living at the address they have reported to authorities. Nine arrests were made. 



"Because of sex offenders' propensity to reoffend, keeping tabs on them is crucial to protecting the public," Brown said. "As in many things, the price of safety is constant vigilance, and my office is committed to providing that." 



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Brown Fights to Preserve Job-Creating Clean Energy Program

Office of the Attorney General

SAN DIEGO - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today filed a lawsuit against mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for blocking an innovative California clean energy program that was designed to create tens of thousands of jobs, promote energy independence and lower utility bills.

"As the nation struggles through the worst recession in modern times, California is taking action in federal court to stop the regulatory strangulation of the state's grass-roots program that is spreading across the country," said Brown.

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