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.
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