The Buzz: Jerry Brown makes Time's 100 list, with blurb by Gray Davis

April 24, 2014 

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With his chief of staff, Gray Davis, looking on, Gov. Jerry Brown shouts to get the attention of the audience at a state business awards ceremony in 1980.

DICK SCHMIDT — Sacramento Bee file

  • By the Numbers

    California’s smallest businesses – those without any employees – appear to have recovered from the recession, the Census Bureau says. The number of self-employed consultants, technicians, remodelers and small partnerships dropped, as did their revenues, bottoming out in 2009 at 2.7 million firms and $133.8 billion in revenue. Since then, the number of California’s no-employee businesses climbed to 2.9 million in 2012 and their receipts reached $149.4 billion, exceeding pre-recession levels.

    – Dan Walters

Brown makes Time’s list, with blurb by Gray Davis

Gov. Jerry Brown made Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people.

The author of his blurb?

Gray Davis, the former governor and Brown’s former chief of staff.

“Things are looking up in California,” Davis writes in the magazine. “Governor Jerry Brown has eliminated a $26 billion deficit, getting legislators to make painful cuts and persuading voters to increase their taxes.” He credits Brown for preaching restraint and attributes his frugality, in part, to the time he spent as a Jesuit seminarian.

“I recall his refusal, in 1975, to replace the old carpet he inherited from Governor Reagan,” Davis writes. “When it became threadbare, with a sizable hole, he still refused to repair it – believing if he lived modestly others might too and would save the state money.”

Brown is joined on Time’s list by Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist who is considered a potential future candidate for statewide office. Former Vice President Al Gore writes for the magazine that Steyer is fighting climate change “with passionate intensity, commitment and political skill.” The only other governor on the list is Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker.

– David Siders

Worth repeating

“This is not only unjust, but it’s also bad for the economy.”

Robert Reich, former U.S. labor secretary, on the disparity between executive and worker pay. He was at the Capitol on Thursday to support SB 1372 to tax companies based on the compensation gap.

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