The activists who staged a sit-in Tuesday at Gov. Jerry Brown's office were milling about in a Capitol hallway when a passer-by offered advice.
A sit-in would accomplish nothing, said longtime Senate staffer Irwin Nowick, and certainly not their stated goal of a meeting with Brown.
"You don't jam this guy," Nowick told them.
There is precedent for this opinion. Back when Brown was governor before, a fired state janitor hoping for an appointment waited in Brown's reception room five days a week for 475 days.
The sit-in ended in 1983, after the Democratic governor left office and his successor, Republican George Deukmejian, met with the janitor.
Tuesday, the activists had a shorter time frame in mind. Nearly a dozen hoped to press Brown to support a bill aimed at preventing local police from detaining people based on immigration status unless convicted of a felony or serious crime.
Brown vetoed similar legislation last year but suggested it could be amended to gain his support.
The office closed and, after 7 p.m., two people were cited and released. The protesters left without meeting with the governor, they said, but members of his administration will see them next week.
David Siders and Hector Amezcua
Another bill on the California Chamber of Commerce's list of 37 measures it considers "job killers" fell by the wayside this week when Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson pulled a measure to bar car dealers, including rental companies, from selling or leasing a used vehicle subject to a manufacturer's recall. The Santa Barbara Democrat said she would hold Senate Bill 686 over until next year.
"In Sacramento, ego trumps logic."
JACK PITNEY, government professor at Claremont McKenna College, on the inability of the state Senate and Assembly to agree on when to take a recess this summer