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California State Government November 7, 2006 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for Jerry Brown

Candidate for
Attorney General; State of California

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I am running for California Attorney General because I want to use the powers of the office to champion human rights and protect working families and the environment. I will fight President Bush's continuing assault on the rule of law and his relentless efforts to preempt California laws.

As Attorney General, I hope to accomplish the following goals:

  • Work with local police to make our communities as safe as possible;

  • Defend a woman's right to choose in the face of mounting efforts to erode this fundamental right;

  • Fight federal pre-emption of state laws--particularly environmental laws and our unique state law curbing greenhouse gases;

  • Ensure that our California wage and hour laws and regulations are vigorously enforced, especially in low wage sectors where working people are exploited;

I believe the breadth of my experience gives me a unique understanding of the issues we face in California today. As Governor, I reviewed and signed into law significant pieces of legislation. As Secretary of State, I served as Chief Elections Officer and as Mayor, I have had operational responsibility for managing one of the most complex and diverse cities in America. Upon taking office as Mayor I emphasized three goals: reducing crime, revitalizing the downtown and encouraging charter schools. All 3 have been accomplished: Going into my eighth year:

  • Crime is down over 30 percent. I have fought for tougher laws to keep criminals off the streets by imposing a strict curfew for those who have committed serious crimes at night and was a leader in the campaign to defeat Proposition 66 - an attempt to dismantle California's three strikes law.

  • New housing units for more than 10,000 people have been approved and are either built or under construction.

  • I have established several excellent charter schools in Oakland.

Indicative of my lifelong commitment to the people of California are the following actions and initiatives:

  • Uncompromising defense of a woman's right to choose, including fighting successfully for Medi-Cal funding of abortions in the face legislative opposition,

  • Bold environmental and alternative energy initiatives, including the California Conservation Corps (CCC), the nation's first building and appliance efficiency standards, a 55% solar tax credit and signing into permanent law the California Coastal Commission,

  • Authored Political Reform Act of 1974,

  • Provided--for the first time--pregnancy benefits under the Disability Insurance program,

  • Made Oakland one of the top ten green cities in America and committed the city to 5 megawatts of solar power, and

  • Created jobs: 25% of all U.S. jobs created during my tenure as governor were created in California.

If you would like to learn more, please visit my website at or contact my campaign headquarters at (510) 628-0202.

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