Despite having lost more than a million jobs because of the financial debacle caused largely by reckless mortgage banks and Wall Street financiers, California remains the center of venture capital and the entrepreneurial spirit. (More...)
I have been studying education and working on related issues ever since I was elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees in 1969. I approach this task with some humility, and a realization that there is no silver bullet that will fix everything. Education improvement takes time, persistence, and a systematic approach. California’s education problems are not limited to just the lowest performing schools and teachers. (More...)
The next Governor must be ready to stand against the crowd to lead a broken legislature out of a morass of poisonous partisanship. It will take old fashioned hard work, patience, and a keen understanding of the process. (More...)
Our coastline, farmland, mountains, deserts and urban environments all make up the great and unique landscape of California. They form the basis for tourism, agriculture, energy development, recreation and California’s ability to attract and retain businesses. Protecting the environment is essential to our long-term prosperity. I have long recognized that environmental protection and economic development go hand in hand and will continue to promote both as Governor. (More...)
Investments in clean energy produce two to three times as many jobs per dollar as gas, oil or coal. And dollars invested in clean energy tend to stay in California, instead of going to other states or other countries. Clean energy jobs and businesses have grown much faster than the economy as a whole in the past fifteen years, and have continued to grow even during the economic downturn. (More...)
State government has to honor commitments that have been made, but we have a responsibility to taxpayers and to retirees themselves to make certain that we can withstand sudden meltdowns in the markets without asking for more from an already strained state budget. We have to be realistic about what the state can afford, and put an end to abuses of the system that cost millions. (More...)
Ensuring safe and sufficient water supplies for the 21st century requires significant investments in our water infrastructure and natural ecosystems. After five decades of divisive wrangling, the time has arrived for the governor to provide real leadership and solve our longstanding water problems. The goal must be to maintain and enhance water supplies for all Californians and take action to restore the Bay-Delta and meet California's true water needs. (More...)
I have fought for equal rights and against discrimination throughout my career. I have also been an uncompromising champion of a woman’s right to choose. I will continue to do so if I am elected Governor. (More...)
Actions as Attorney General:
I have fought to protect working families and consumers throughout my career, from cracking down on unscrupulous employers, to stopping mortgage and credit card scams and making children’s toys and other consumer products safer. (More...)
As Attorney General, Brown has pursued companies and individuals who perpetrated massive mortgage fraud, including an $8.6 Billion settlement with Countrywide. Now he is going after those who would further exploit the mortgage crisis by offering fraudulent “rescue” services.
As Attorney General, Brown has sued unscrupulous employers for denying workers wages and benefits required by state law, shut down companies that have jeopardized worker safety and prosecuted businesses that have bilked California's workers' compensation system or otherwise circumvented state tax and employment laws.
As Attorney General, Brown has cracked down on violent gangs, and worked closely with local police and sheriffs to apprehend dangerous criminals, con artists and major perpetrators of fraud and financial crimes.
As California's Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Brown leads a team of special agents and dedicated staff who conduct criminal investigations, enforce firearms laws and regulations, and manage the state's crime labs, including the third largest DNA database in the world.
Brown's candidacy for Attorney General was endorsed by the California Police Chiefs Association and 50 rank and file police organizations.
As Attorney General, Brown has sued medical laboratories for massive overcharges, stopped rip-offs in the Medi-Cal Program, cracked down on unlawful abuse of prescription drugs, fought misleading ad campaigns by major drug companies and arrested nursing home operators for forcibly drugging elderly patients.
Brown has championed reforms since he was first elected as Secretary of State. He forced legislators to comply with campaign disclosure laws and exposed President Nixon's use of falsely notarized documents to improperly earn a large tax deduction. Brown personally argued before the state Supreme Court and won against Gulf, Mobile and Standard Oil for election law violations (Brown vs. Superior Court). Before Watergate, Brown authored the Political Reform Act of 1974, which was overwhelmingly adopted by the voters of California. This law established some of the nation's toughest regulations governing campaign disclosure and lobbyist activities.