Posts Tagged ‘attorney general’

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Another TV Ad – “We Have to Make Some Tough Decisions “

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Only three souls have viewed our Attorney General’s new TV spot on YouTube so far today, but I’m sure that number will rise in the near future.

This spot has no props and no photos - it’s just JB straight-up with only one cut to go to a simple graphic that simply states, “Make Tough Decisions.”

This still caught the tail end of the graphic as it faded away to make room for more tough talk.

Anyway, here’s the release:

New Brown Ad: A Serious Conversation With Voters

OAKLAND – Attorney General Jerry Brown today announced the release of his latest television commercial – a 30-second ad in which Brown offers some straight talk about the present and his plans for a more prosperous future for our state.
 
The ad features Brown speaking directly to voters, talking about his plan to return more authority to the local level, his commitment to no new taxes without a vote of the people, and his pledge to put partisanship aside and bring people together as governor.
 
“California has always come back, and it will again,” Brown said. “Sacramento needs to be straight with the people. It’s what I’m doing in my campaign and what I’ll do as Governor.”
 
The new ad began running statewide Thursday, and can be seen here.
 
Jerry Brown: Our state is in a real mess. And I’m not going to give you any phony plans or snappy slogans that don’t go anywhere. We have to make some tough decisions. We have to live within our means, we’ve got to take the power from the state capital and move it down to the local level, closer to the people. And no new taxes without voter approval. We’ve got to pull together not as Republicans or as Democrats, but as Californians first. And at this stage in my life, I’m prepared to do exactly that.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Launches His First Radio Ad in the Race for Governor – Have a Listen

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Oh, it’s on. The race against Meg Whitman is finally on.

See?

Brown’s first radio ad.

Full text:

“Announcer: Never accused of following conventional wisdom, Jerry Brown took on the status quo. As Governor he refused to take a pay raise and vetoed pay raises for state employeesdumped the Governor’s mansion and the limo to save money. And with Jerry Brown as Governor California was working. Four billion in tax cuts – 1.9 million jobs created. Jerry Brown has the knowledge and know-how to get California
working again.

Jerry Brown: As Governor, I was known for frugality. I thought if people were cutting back, Government should too. Today our state is in serious trouble. We need to make major changes – think differently and govern differently. By making the tough decisions now, we can get California back on track. We have to start living within our means. We need to return power and decision-making to the local level, closer to the people. And no new taxes without voter approval.

Announcer: Jerry Brown. The knowledge and know how to get California working again. Paid for by Brown for Governor 2010″

That’s it. 

One of JB’s official state limousines when he was Governor back in the 19070′s – a POS, mid-size, I’ll-bet-you-could-drop-a-street-Hemi-right-in-there Glacial Blue 1974 Plymouth Satellite with no options selected:

“Brown Expands Media Campaign with Launch of New Radio Ad

Oakland – Three days after launching his first television ad of the fall campaign, Attorney General Jerry Brown is broadening the scope of his outreach with radio ads running statewide today.

Brown’s radio message to voters mirrors what they see on TV – Brown calling for state government to “live within our means, ……..return power and decision-making to the local level, closer to the people, and no new taxes without voter approval.”

“There is no doubt that California faces difficult choices,” Brown said. “I believe if we pull together as Californians first, we bring back the prosperity that makes California the dream for so many.”

The ad features highlights from Brown’s time as governor, including his leadership in cutting taxes by $4 billion, the state’s status as a world-leader in renewable energy and the creation of 1.9 million new jobs over eight years.

“Jerry Brown has the right strategy for California and the right message for California voters,” said Campaign Manager Steve Glazer. “We will use every resource and every medium to make sure voters hear from Jerry and have enough information to make the right choice in November.”

Whitman began advertising in the general election three days after the primary, and has run more than 45,000 ads since, with close to two-thirds of them negative ads attacking Brown. Whitman’s claims have been widely debunked by California media as well as watchdog groups like factcheck.org.

Another Paintjob for Craigslist HQ – Now Their 9th Avenue Offices are as Anonymous as Possible

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Remember back in the day, back when the world headquarters of Craigslist actually had a sign out front? I do.

Anyway, after a hasty paintjob to cover over the the craigslist sign on July 8, 2010, the date of this famous protest, somebody came by and painted again, so now you really can’t even tell a sign was there in the first place.

It’s too bad if the people of cragislist feel “censored“ and feel that they get too much unwanted attention in the Inner Sunset. 

Anyway, as it looks now:

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Now, let’s peak through the metal growhouse/cathouse door grating, the kind that is so common in the Sunset these days.

Stage left has this defunct moniter that used to show the Craigslist Thrillcam

Center stage is where you can find this sarcastic George Bush “We’re Gooder” bumper sticker on the front door. (That’s right up there with Google’s “Don’t Be Evil,” huh? 

And stage right shows awards from some of the publications that craigslist is helping to put out of business:

But, from the sidewalk, you’d never notice any of this stuff. You wouldn’t know craigslist is inside at all.

I guess that’s the way they want it.

Oh well.

Jerry Brown Finally Kicks Off Campaign for Governor – His New TV Commercial Now Released

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Well Labor Day 2010 is here so the official race for Governor has now begun. It’s the Topic of the Day. See?

“Despite Republican Meg Whitman having spent some $20 million this summer on ads slamming Democrat Jerry Brown, the race remains a dead heat.”

O.K. then.

Jerry Brown’s team was up at the crack of dawn to kick things off today by announcing the release of a new commercial.

Check it

Here’s the script:

“Voiceover: As governor, he cut waste – got rid of the mansion and the limo. Budgets were balanced. Four billion in tax cuts. World-class schools and universities. Clean energy promoted. One-point nine million new jobs created. California was working.

Jerry Brown: I’m Jerry Brown. California needs major changes. We have to live within our means, we have to return power and decision-making to the local level, closer to the people, and no new taxes without voter approval.

Voiceover: Jerry Brown. The knowledge and know-how to get California working again.”

JB hisself will be all over the state today – Los Angeles, Manteca, Sacramento, Fairfield, you name it.

All the deets:

Brown Begins the Fall Campaign with Launch of First TV Ad

Los Angeles – Jerry Brown began the fall campaign sprint today with four appearances across the state and the announcement that his campaign would begin advertising with a 30-second television ad in which Brown outlines some of the governing principles underpinning his candidacy.

In the ad, Brown calls for California to “live within our means, ……..return power and decision-making to the local level, closer to the people, and no new taxes without voter approval.”

“The summer is over, and the people of California are ready to hear from the candidates for governor,” Brown said. “We’re facing tough times, but if we pull together as Californians first, we can restore our state’s dynamic economy and get California working again.”

The ad features highlights from Brown’s time as governor, including his leadership in cutting taxes by $4 billion, the state’s status as a world-leader in renewable energy and the creation of 1.9 million new jobs over eight years.

“Meg Whitman and her allies have spent $130 million, much of it attacking Jerry Brown,” said Campaign Manager Steve Glazer. “The attacks are false, the voters don’t buy it, and they are ready to hear Jerry Brown explain how he’ll turn California around.”

Whitman began advertising in the general election three days after the primary, and has run more than 45,000 ads since, with close to two-thirds of them negative ads attacking Brown. The claims made have been widely debunked by California media as well as watchdog groups like factcheck.org.

“Despite a summer of politics-as-usual attacks, the race remains a dead heat,” Glazer added. “This is the start of an aggressive ad campaign that will be matched with aggressive public outreach to present voters with a clear choice.”

Attorney General Jerry Browns Allows You to Ban Yourself from CA Card Rooms

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Now, normally, this would be yet another edition of Jerry Brown Throws Down and I’d already be telling you just exactly what he can’t abide. But I don’t know, he’s not really throwing down on this one. 

Anyway, get all the deets of California’s official anti-gambling Self Exclusion Program below. It used to be run old school, but now the joint is going online – that’s the news of the day.

El Protector de los Jugadores, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk 

Brown Introduces State-of-the-Art Technology to Help California Gambling Addicts Help Themselves

SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today unveiled an innovative, web-based computer program for all of California’s licensed cardrooms that is intended to help addicted gamblers break “their spiral of debt and addiction” by allowing them to voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling establishments.

“This system serves as a safety net for gambling addicts fighting to end their spiral of debt and addiction,” Brown said. “These are people who have chosen to help themselves, and we’ll assist them in keeping their pledges not to gamble.”

An estimated one million Californians suffer from problem or pathological gambling, and more than 1,000 of them have signed up for the Attorney General’s Self Exclusion Program, which allows problem gamblers to voluntarily exclude themselves from licensed cardrooms. So far, the program applies only to card rooms and not to the California lottery, tribal casinos or horse racing, but if the cardroom program is successful, it can be expanded.

To join the Self Exclusion Program, a problem gambler fills out a form, has it notarized, attaches a photograph and chooses to be excluded for one year, five years or his or her lifetime. The Self Exclusion form can be found at http://ag.ca.gov/gambling/exclusion_self.php

Of the 1,009 gamblers voluntarily on the list, 285 are for one-year terms, 196 are on for five- years, and 528 signed up for lifetime terms. Options are offered because some patrons are trying to learn to gamble responsibly while others are pathological or compulsive gamblers.

All the deets, after the jump.

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Jerry Brown Throws Down: Brings It to Bell, CA – Establishes Voter Fraud Hotline

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide political cabals taking over California towns, towns like notorious Bell, CA. So he’s doing something about it today.

Take a look, below. Seems like a good start.

El Protector de la Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

All the deets:

Brown Expands Bell Probe and Establishes Hotline for Voting Fraud Complaints

LOS ANGELES — Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. subpoenaed personal financial records of present and former officials involved in the City of Bell salary scandal today and ordered them to appear for depositions to be taken under oath within two weeks.

Brown also announced that his office has set up a toll-free telephone hotline for citizens to report allegations of possible illegal election conduct by Bell officials.

“My office has received several reports from residents of Bell indicating that city officials encouraged them to fill out absentee ballots and then collected the ballots,” Brown said. “We have seen similar reports in the Los Angeles Times. If these allegations are true, this could be a serious violation of state law.”

California law requires that absentee ballots must be mailed or brought to a polling place by the voter unless the voter is disabled or ill.

In the case of Bell, it appears as though improper procedures may have been followed by public officials in the very election that allowed the city to give out these outrageous salaries. If so, there may be grounds to seek additional civil or even criminal penalties.

“When city employees of a tiny suburb of L.A. make as much as or nearly double the salary of the President of the United States, things are out of control,” Brown said.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Jerry Brown Throws Down: Strongly Supports Today’s Proposition 8 Gay Rights Ruling

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide those who wish to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.

So, in reaction to today’s news about Proposition 8 being ruled unconstitutional…

Vanessa & Maria Heading to City Hall to Get Married by Steve Rhodes

…JB has chirped up. Thusly:

Brown Issues Statement on Today’s Ruling on Proposition 8

 Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s statement on Judge Walker’s ruling on Proposition 8 today:

“In striking down Proposition 8, Judge Walker came to the same conclusion I did when I declined to defend it: Proposition 8 violates the equal protection guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution by taking away the right of same-sex couples to marry, without a sufficient governmental interest.”

El Protector de la Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Wow, Vanessa and Maria are making good progress at City Hall already, it would seem:

via Steve Rhodes

Looks like they’ll get hitched, sooner or later.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Penalizes Maker of Cookies and Cream-Flavored Electronic Cigarettes

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide companies that market electronic cigarettes to minors, so he just did something about it. All the deets, below.

Mmmmm…. yummers:

El Protector de la Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Brown Announces Electronic Cigarette Maker’s Agreement to Stop Deceptive Marketing and Sales to Minors

OAKLAND – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announceda settlement with Sottera, one of the country’s largest electronic cigarette producers, to prevent the company from targeting minors and claiming that electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking.

“Electronic cigarette companies have targeted minors with fruit-flavored products and misleading claims that their products are safe,” Brown said. “This settlement will stop Sottera from marketing these dangerous and addictive products to kids.”

Brown and Sottera reached the settlement without litigation based on Sottera’s willingness to adopt measures that address Brown’s concerns about the dangers of its electronic cigarettes. In January this year, Brown filed suit against the nation’s other leading e-cigarette retailer, Smoking Everywhere. That lawsuit is proceeding in Alameda County Superior Court.

All the deets after the jump

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Jerry Brown Throws Down: Fights ACLU, Catches Grim Sleeper with “Familial DNA”

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide ACLU attacking the DNA Fingerprint, Unsolved Crime and Innocence Protection Act. So he held a news conference today at the Ninth District United States Court of Appeals down at Seventh and Mission. Read about the presser here at the L.A. Weekly and read all about the law that California voters approved in 2004 right here.

O.K. then. For Jerry Brown, the time to swab your mouth to get DNA is when you get arrested for a felony, but the ACLU thinks that law enforcement should wait until you get convicted of a felony. That’s the focus of today’s oral arguments at the 9th Circuit.

Now, one of the recent successes of the state’s DNA program is the capture of the Grim Sleeper down in L.A. County. That’s an amazing story involving the use of “familial DNA,” an approach that’s illegal in some parts of the U.S. but A-OK here due to JB’s approval back in in aught-eight.  

Here’s what the ACLU has to say about that:

“If you are going to use familial DNA testing, this is probably the case for it,” says ACLU staff attorney Peter Bibring.”

I’d say so. But you can’t even attempt a shot at making a connection with familial DNA if you don’t have the DNA collected in the first place so that’s what today’s court fight is about.

Mark Sconce of the Surviving Parents Coalition with JB this AM.

Jerry was all pumped up today. Getting kind of a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western look in his eyes these days. He’s an intense dude.

Will the long arm of the law (in the words the father of one of the victims of the Grim Sleeper) get shorter today?

Stay tuned…

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Warns Against Chinese Jewelry – 97% Lead!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide companies that sell imported leaden jewelry to California teenagers, tweenagers, and kids. All the deets, below.

El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Mostly lead, mostly:

Brown Cracks Down on the Sale of Jewelry Made of Highly Toxic Lead

OAKLAND – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a consumer alert warning of a “serious health hazard” after he demanded that retail stores Rainbow and 5-7-9 remove from their shelves jewelry with parts containing as much as 97% lead, a potentially fatal health hazard, especially for young children.

“This jewelry represents a serious health hazard,” Brown said, “and it is especially dangerous if a child gets a hold of it and puts it in his or her mouth. Some of these bangles are almost solid lead. The jewelry must be banished from retailers’ shelves once and for all.”

Some pieces of the lead-infested jewelry were labeled “KIDS” and one piece was marked “lead free” although its clasp contained more than 80% lead.

There is no safe level of lead exposure. In 2006, a four-year-old Minnesota boy died after he swallowed a pendant from jewelry that was more than 90% lead, and it became stuck in his intestinal tract.

In a letter to the stores’ corporate parent, Rainbow Apparel, Brown said, “Some of the jewelry had components that would be highly toxic, and potentially lethal, if ingested, and all of it contains sufficient lead to contribute to long-term health risks.”

California law bans the sale of jewelry that fails to comply with strict limits on the amount of lead it contains. The law was the result of a 2006 settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Attorney General and two environmental groups, Center of Environmental Health and As you Sow It.

In that settlement, Rainbow and other retailers agreed to stop selling jewelry containing more than traces of lead. But four times in a little more than a year, the Attorney General has sent notices of violation to Rainbow for breaking the law and the terms of the settlement by selling jewelry made of lead.

Using a fund created in the 2006 settlement, the Center for Environmental Health monitors the stores. In May, it purchased 16 items containing lead from Rainbow stores in Northern California. Fifteen of the pieces contained more than 50% lead. One was 97% lead, and one labeled “KIDS” and “lead free” had a clasp that contained 81% lead. It’s all inexpensive costume jewelry made in China.

Brown’s letter to Rainbow Apparel , after the jump

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