The Buzz: Jerry Brown has not declared for re-election, but settles into new office

12/11/2013 5:54 PM

12/12/2013 10:18 AM

Brown won’t say he’s running but he has campaign office

Gov. Jerry Brown has not yet said if he will run for re-election, but he told supporters in a recent note to update their records to reflect a change of address: In addition to raising about $14 million, “Brown for Governor” has a new office.

When Brown, first lady Anne Gust Brown and their dog, Sutter, arrived at The Packard Lofts building in Oakland on Wednesday, the governor – who is widely expected to run – described the space as a personal office, less “stuffy” than what he has at the Capitol or a state building.

The office projects a mix of political and state work: On a circular wood table Brown used during his first campaign for governor, in 1974, sits a list of messages left for Brown and a copy of his administration’s proposal to Boeing to persuade the aerospace giant to locate in California. Of the table, he said that in 1974, “Right around this table, I plotted.”

The fourth-floor office is full of memorabilia. On the refrigerator are stickers from his 2010 campaign for governor, and a bin of buttons from the campaign is in a bookcase by the door.

Asked if the 2010 paraphernalia isn’t dated, he said, “We’re not running yet.”

– David Siders

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