Jan 262018
 
Gov. Brown’s Last State Of The State Address

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

 

Governor Brown delivered 2018 State of the State Address, his last. It is true to his and California’s spirit. Ever the contender, he named his final State of the State Address “California is Setting the Pace for America”. We agree.

Democrat and a public servant through and trough, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. guided California for a combined total of 15 years (over two terms: he is the longest serving Governor in our State’s history!) and has greatly contributed to its development.

His position on climate change, commitment to renewable resources and green energy is in keeping with the rest of civilized world. He sees immigration for what it is: a human rights issue / social issue as opposed to a political argument. He champions infrastructure improvements and progress even if his vision for California outpaces ours.

Governor Brown’s second term in office wasn’t without controversy, but he is like the tough father who may not always be likable but whose rules produce rewarding results. He lived up to his responsibilities as the Governor of California, faced challenges head on, didn’t succumb to pressures from the federal government, didn’t compromise his values for political expediency and has proven his foresight and love for California.

It is in a large part thanks to Governor Brown that we’re proud to be Californians.

It’s hard to believe that at 79 years old, Governor Jerry Brown is so much more progressive than President Trump at “only” 71, isn’t it?

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered his 16th – and final – State of the State address on January 25th 2018 asserting that the “bolder path is still our way forward” on climate change, infrastructure investment, health care, education and criminal justice.

In his remarks, the Governor pointed to a number of far-reaching, bipartisan measures passed in recent years – from pension and workers’ compensation reform to the Water Bond, Rainy Day Fund and the Cap-and-Trade Program – that demonstrate “some American governments can actually get things done.”

Governor Brown also recognized the efforts of firefighters, first responders and volunteers who “answered the call to help their fellow neighbors” this year and the “profound and growing challenge” of extreme weather and fires in California.

Citing “endless new weapons systems, growing antagonism among nations, the poison in our politics, climate change” and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists “Doomsday Clock” moving 30 seconds closer to catastrophe, the Governor warned that “our world, our way of life, our system of governance” are all at “immediate and genuine risk” and called “for courage, for imagination and for generous dialogue” from Californians.

Read the full text of State of the State Address.

Opening narrative by Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

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Jul 082017
 
2018 Climate Action Summit To Take Place In San Francisco

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California Governor Brown Announces Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in September 2018

On July 6th on the eve of the G20 Summit, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced via video message at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany that the State of California will convene the world’s climate leaders in San Francisco, California in September 2018 for the Global Climate Action Summit.

“It’s up to you and it’s up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change. That is why we’re having the Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, September 2018,” said Governor Brown in his remarks. “President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris Agreement, but he doesn’t speak for the rest of America. We in California and in states all across America believe it’s time to act, it’s time to join together and that’s why at this Climate Action Summit we’re going to get it done.”

The Governor spoke via video message during the final hour of the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany and was introduced by Christiana Figueres, former United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary and currently the convener of Mission 2020 and Global Ambassador for the Under2 Coalition. The Global Citizen Festival was attended by thousands of people and featured remarks from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri and performances from Coldplay, Shakira, Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding and others.

California will convene representatives from subnational governments, businesses, investors and civil society at the Global Climate Action Summit to demonstrate the groundswell of innovative, ambitious climate action from leaders around the world, highlight the economic and environmental transition already underway and spur deeper commitment from all parties, including national governments.

Today’s announcement is the product of months of discussions between the Governor and Christiana Figueres, who, following the conclusion of the successful UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, encouraged the Governor to host a summit in 2018 in California to drive further climate action. Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León has also been a key partner and recently joined other state Senators to urge the Governor to convene the world’s climate leaders in California.

“The growing threat of climate change demands an immediate and unified global response,” said Senate Leader Kevin de León. “California remains committed to a clean energy future and we welcome the responsibility to lead on America’s behalf. My colleagues in the Senate appreciate Governor Brown agreeing to hold this global summit and look forward to working with him to welcome our partners from around the world.”

The summit, which will be held ahead of the 24th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24), will mark the first time a U.S. state has hosted an international climate change conference with the direct goal of supporting the Paris Agreement.

Governor Brown’s complete remarks are below:

“Hello, Hamburg. I’m Governor Jerry Brown. Greetings from California.

Look, it’s up to you and it’s up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change. That’s why we’re having the Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, September 2018.

Come join us – entrepreneurs, singers, musicians, mathematicians, professors, students – we need people that represent the whole world because this is about the whole world and the people who live here. We have to do something and we can do it. That’s why we want to join together in this Climate Action Summit in 2018 in San Francisco.

Yes, I know President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris Agreement, but he doesn’t speak for the rest of America. We in California and in states all across America believe it’s time to act, it’s time to join together and that’s why at this Climate Action Summit we’re going to get it done.

So, see you there. Thanks.”

The Governor’s video message and additional information regarding the summit can be found at: https://globalclimateactionsummit.org/.

 

 

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