JERRY BROWN BRUNCHES WITH AGAR JAICKS AND JANE MORRISON – ON SCENE WITH BILL WILSON

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Jane Morrison stands behind Attorney General Jerry Brown.
Bill Wilson © 2009

BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson © 2009

Sunday brunch at Agar Jaicks’ home on Woodland Avenue with co-host Jane Morrison have become a long progressive Democratic tradition. Jerry Brown is just the latest in a long line of politicians who have stood in front of the fireplace at the Jaicks home.

Few have done it with the skill or humor of Attorney General Brown and no one has done it with the promptness of Jerry Brown who showed up 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

The Attorney General was able to engage with people on a direct level. He seemed to welcome challenges and on more than one occasion responded with, “What would you have me do?” If there was one recurring theme that ran throughout his one on one conversations and his remarks before the group, it would be the need for patience in solving some of the state problems and seeking solutions that involved getting people together and discuss the approaches needed.

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Jerry Brown talks with Walter Johnson.
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He made the statement that those with power always abuse it. That is why there is a need for push back and for patience. We need to be able to get rid of solutions that haven’t worked. When asked about his chances of becoming Governor he replied, “If skill and intelligence matter I should be in.”

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Jerry Brown
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In his remarks before the group he said, “I’ve accused of taking a stroll down memory lane when what we need is a sprint to the future, but this isn’t a sprint this is more like a marathon or at least a 10 K this isn’t a sprint.” He talked of several issues that have only become worse in the years since he was Governor. When he was Governor education was about 17% and corrections was 2% of the budget, now they are both about an even 10%. In the same time we added one campus to the UC system and one campus to the State system we have built 23 new prisons. He mentioned that there were advantages to indeterminate sentencing, but like all problems and solutions sometimes there are unintended consequences. He had said earlier to a questioner, “If there is a problem government can solve then government probably helped create it.”

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Agar Jaicks (red sweater center) and DCCC Chair Aaron Peskin listen to Jerry Brown
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After a spirited chant of “Run, Jerry Run!” Brown was asked if he had gotten the message. He replied that he was raising money and doing the things he needed to do, but since the filing deadline wasn’t until next March, He didn’t see any reason to declare. He quipped, “I don’t want to become overexposed.”

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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