BY MEL LEVINE
For California's Jewish voters, the gubernatorial contest represents a clear choice between a candidate, Jerry Brown, who has a proven track record of support for Israel and a robust commitment to the progressive Jewish values of tikkun olam, and his opponent, Meg Whitman, who has a thin public record that tells little about her views toward Israel or her commitment to the ethical values of tikkun olam.
I served in the Assembly during most of Jerry Brown's tenure as governor. As chair of the Subcommittee on Energy, I worked closely with Gov. Brown in his efforts to make California less dependent on imported foreign oil and to lead the country in innovations in renewable resources.
As governor, he was fresh, innovative, visionary and anti-bureaucratic. He shunned the trappings of his office - drove a Plymouth, ditched the Governor's Mansion - but he knew how to make things work, and he can do it again.
Brown's entire public career reflects a commitment to the values of tikkun olam. As governor, he passed America's toughest anti-pollution laws, added more than 700,000 acres to the state parks system and implemented innovative clean energy programs that led to the creation of 1.5 million jobs.
If elected, he will ensure the full implementation of AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 25 percent over the next decade.