37 Years Later, Jerry Brown Headed Back to Governor’s Office
Democrats appear to be sweeping statewide offices; attorney general's race knotted at 46% each
Californians elected — or re-elected — Democrat Jerry Brown as governor Tuesday, ending the most expensive statewide campaign in U.S. history. Brown, a former two-term governor in the 1970s, defeated Republican billionaire Meg Whitman, who spent $142 million of her own money in her first try for elected office.
With 85 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Brown won 53 percent of the vote to Whitman’s 42 percent.
“They haven’t counted all the the votes yet,” Brown, the state attorney general, told his victory party in Oakland just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. “But, hell, it’s good enough for government work.
“It looks like we’re going back again.”
First elected governor in 1972, Brown will succeed Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was barred by term limits from seeking re-election. Brown was Califonia’s youngest serving governor his first time around. At 72, come January he’ll be the oldest. For good measure, he is the son of the late Pat Brown, who served two terms as governor in the 1960s.
With 85 percent of the voted counted in other races:
» Senate: Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer was leading Carly Fiorina, her Republican challenger, 52 percent to 43 percent.
» Lieutenant governor: Democratic challenger Gavin Newsom was beating Republican Lt .Gov. Abel Maldonado, 50 percent to 40 percent.
» Attorney general: Republican Steve Cooley was nursing a 4,447-vote lead over Democrat Kamala Harris. The candidates were statistically tied at 46 percent.
» Secretary of state: Democratic incumbent Debra Bowen was ahead of Republican Damon Dunn, 53 percent to 39 percent.
» Controller: Democratic incumbent John Chiang was topping Republican state Sen. Tony Strickland, 55 percent to 37 percent. Strickland was elected to the Senate in 2008 and represents southern Santa Barbara County.
» Treasurer: Democratic incumbent Bill Lockyer was beating Republican Mimi Walters, 56 percent to 37 percent.
» Insurance commissioner: Democrat Dave Jones was defeating Republican Mike Villines, 50 percent to 38 percent.
Tuesday’s vote totals got off to a slow start at the Secretary of State’s Office’s elections Web site. Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the site was overloaded by traffic and visitors encountered an error message if they were able to get through. Although the agency has had a history of computer difficulties, officials blamed Tuesday night’s problem on a cloud-computing system that was relying on more than 50 computer servers to manage the traffic.
on 11.03.10 @ 07:09 AM
Looks like Meg was outbid, maybe because she didn’t understand that our votes are not up for auction.
on 11.03.10 @ 10:58 AM
Whitman may have been the most unlikable candidate to emerge on the California political scene in some time. Clearly the public was not buying her act nor were their votes for sale.
on 11.03.10 @ 12:00 PM
The people of California continue to shoot themselves
in the foot. California is totally controlled by the unions
and progressives. How is that working out for you? You
can look for more taxes, more union benefits, and more
companies moving out of state due to taxes, regulations
and a phony cap + trade bill that will cause electricity
and gasoline costs to go up. Get real California.
on 11.03.10 @ 12:31 PM
The tax and spend loser is back—Brown has never had a real job like Das..
We get what we deserve..Higher taxes fee’s and bonds to support all the illegal alens, Welfare loser and Gov unions.
Hide your money—tax revolt coming soon!
on 11.04.10 @ 01:50 PM
Moon Beam part II. Enjoy.
As for having a business licensed in Cali…pure insanity. That’s why we use I.C’s for any California work. Saves us a ton in regs, insurance…and a boatload of taxes. As for personal taxes - I follow the Gore Doctrine on residency.
on 11.04.10 @ 04:44 PM
I know there will be many companies who will leave calif soon.The only people left will be Welfare and food stamp losers, along with over paid government union workers. oh and illega aliens and their anchor babies who will be taking over many leadership possition—just watch—Mexifornia..or has that already happen?
This state is doomed..
Chis Christie we need you..Not Moon man..
on 11.04.10 @ 06:13 PM
Unlike right wingers, Republicans, Tea Partiers, Fox News viewers, Rush Limbaugh dittoheads and other assorted miscreants, progressives have a lot of faith in California, its people and the ingenuity of the businesses operating here. Silicon Valley and the dot com era have proved over and over what can happen when capital is invested in the creative and hard working entrepreneurs of the Golden State. Let the conservative nay sayers take the loser approach of predicting that California’s best days are behind her. Nothing could be further from the truth.
on 11.04.10 @ 08:05 PM
Oh let me count:
Abraxis Health, a unit of Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience Inc., opened a new plant that will create 200 jobs in 2010 — in Phoenix. This follows the company’s Phoenix expansions that occurred in 2007 and 2008.
Alliance Company moved its headquarters from San Juan Capistrano to Colorado Springs in 2009.
Alza Corp. in 2007 eliminated about 600 jobs in drug R&D while also exiting its Mountain View, Calif., HQ. At the time the company said that its 1,200-person Vacaville facility will continue to operate. But the Vacaville Reporter on Oct. 23, 2009 revealed that the plant is being offered for sale by J&J, its parent company. It’s unclear if more layoffs are in the facility’s future.
American AVK, a producer of fire hydrants and other water-related products, moved from Fresno to Minden, Nevada.
American Racing moved its auto-wheel production to Mexico, ending most of its 47-year operation in California.
Apple Computer has expanded in other states, most recently with a $1 billion facility planned for North Carolina.
Applied Materials, a Silicon-Valley company, in 2010 built its largest research lab in China and also opened a center in Singapore which will be its hub for semiconductor manufacturing around the world. In the past, facilities such as these are what helped make California a high-tech leader.
Audix Corporation relocated from Redwood City, Calif., and to accommodate growth moved to a 78,000-square-foot facility in Wilson, Oregon.
Apria Healthcare Group of Lake Forest is shifting jobs from California to Overland Park, Kansas, a K.C. suburb.
Assurant Inc. cut 325 jobs in Orange County and consolidated positions in Georgia, Ohio and South Carolina.
Barefoot Motors, a small “green” manufacturer, moved from Sonoma and will grow in Ashland, Oregon.
Basin Street Properties, a developer that owns office buildings in Sacramento, moved its headquarters from Petaluma to Reno, Nevada (possibly was in 2009).
Bazz Houston Co. located in Garden Grove, has slowly been building a workforce of about 35 people in Tijuana. In early 2010 the company said it expects to move more jobs to Mexico, citing cost and regulatory difficulties in Southern California.
Beckman Coulter, a biomedical test equipment manufacturer headquartered in Brea, relocated part of its Palo Alto facilities to Indianapolis, Indiana, two years ago. In early 2010, it’s making a multimillion-dollar investment to expand and create up to 100 new jobs in Indiana. The company said the area offers a “favorable business environment and lower total cost of operations, plus a local work force with strong skills in both engineering and manufacturing.”
on 11.04.10 @ 08:32 PM
There is nothing to stop the liberals from raising taxes fee’a and workers comp rates for business. the small and large businessman has no pertection.
Workers comp has turned into one big phony injury scam, and if it goes up again jobs will leave California by the 10s of thousands..
This state is doomed—too many on the dole-Welfare -food stamps-section 8-free illegal alien health care and Govermnet jobs. Who pays for all this YOU—Leave now while you still have some money..Private sector needs to have a tax revolt..
on 11.06.10 @ 04:10 PM
I think this election proves for the umpteenth time that Californians do not want some billlionaire running their state like a CEO; the public interest is not like some gizmo you can produce at a profit.
As for the list of companies leaving CA, Daniel what exactly was your point regarding the recent election? Some of those companies moved to other countries for cheaper labor, some moved to other states for a variety of reasons like fewer environmental restrictions or to enjoy looser tax laws or (probably) because our government is so dysfunctional, and some simply expanded their markets. They all have their own reasons and individual stories. All or most moved under Republican governors, and none of them moved because we elected Jerry Brown because it just happened. It’s tempting to try and claim some connection and cause, but the fact is it’s more complicated than simple right/left politics and the only thing you can say for most of them is that because of their actions Californians lost jobs.
I’d appreciate learning where you got that list, only getting up to the Bs, and what was the purpose of its creation? I’m curious.
on 11.06.10 @ 05:38 PM
My god who cares what party the governor was from. All this BS about parties. They are both the same. As for his list. It’s obvious to anyone. The point is that the business environment sucks in this state. Pretty simple. Nothing more complex or sinister than that. Whew.
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