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Jerry Brown is thankful for Hollywood, casinos

Or, at least, Hollywood and casinos seem thankful for Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial candidacy.

In addition to the money on which I reported last week, Brown’s campaign in the past seven days has listed contributions totaling $138,800 from Dreamworks cofounders Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzeneberg and David Geffen, plus Spielberg’s and Katzenberg’s wives. The campaign also received $25,000 each from the Bicycle Casino of Bell Gardens, the California Commerce Club of Commerce and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in El Cajon.

But that might be cynical of me, I suppose. Here’s what Brown actually e-mailed out on the day before Thanksgiving:

Jerry BrownAs Anne and I get ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow, many fond memories of past family gatherings come to mind. It is on these occasions that my father would often share stories of his family, particularly his grandfather who came across the plains and over the Sierras to Sacramento in 1852. In those days, the challenges were enormous and of a type we can barely imagine.

Today we face entirely different challenges. Whether they are bigger or smaller, I can’t say. But I do know that California is still a state of imagination and boundless possibility. Our pioneering spirit is very much alive and will enable us to handle any of our problems, however daunting they may now appear.

As you take time to enjoy Thanksgiving with your own family and reflect on the year that is drawing to a close, you can take renewed encouragement from the courage and achievements that have made California such a unique and wonderful place.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.