SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Time magazine has released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People. Among the likes of Beyonce, the Pope and Edward Snowden, it includes several prominent Bay Area figures including Governor Jerry Brown.
What can I say? The Governor of California is out to break the Guinness Book of World Records for having held more offices than anybody else.
“Keep in mind, Jerry may be the most successful governor in the country,” said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. “No other governor has managed to do the budget process, go to the voters, get authorization and then force the legislature to bow down to his limit on expenditures.”
The real trick of Jerry Brown is the perception that he’s doing all that. The governor is the master of symbolism. He drove around in a Plymouth. When he got in office this second time around, he made the staffers give back their cell phones and their cars. However, he still has a significant amount of debt that he’s not addressing and he’s ignored pensions.