Brown inaugural set to begin



The inauguration of Jerry Brown is set to begin in about a half-hour at the Memorial Stadium in downtown Sacramento. (I’m seated in the press area, which is a good start for Brown with at least this member of the press corps: An actual seat rather than a heavily guarded, fenced-in zone.)

I spent a few minutes with one of Brown’s top campaign advisers who is probably better known in Contra Costa County as Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer.

“This is great,” Glazer said, nattily dressed in a dark suit and fielding a mix of questions from reporters and congratulations. “A lot of people put in a lot of hard work to get here today. We are reminding ourselves to enjoy the moment.”

The moment is a low-key affair that will cost less than $100,000, mostly for sound equipment, risers and chairs, Glazer said. The food and drinks at the official reception later today have been donated, and the Orange County Employees Association is providing the free hot dogs and sodas on the Capitol grounds after the inaugural.

The big question for Glazer, of course, is whether he will be offered, or accept, a position in Brown’s administration.

The governor-elect has focused almost solely on matters of budget and doesn’t appear in a hurry to name his cabinet members or begin the process of selecting the appointees to the hundreds of posts under the governor’s control. Outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filled 70 positions on his way out the door last week, some of which will require Senate confirmation and whose names might be altered if Brown so chooses.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen