Brown to drop in on GOP strategy retreat

Gov. Jerry Brown will address legislative Republicans next week at their annual policy retreat, according to a staffer for GOP Senate Leader Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

The Assembly and Senate caucuses are holding closed-door strategy sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday at the California Farm Bureau headquarters in Sacramento.

“The governor is planning on dropping in on our planning meeting the 8th or 9th,” said Jann Taber, spokeswoman for Dutton.

The governor’s office would not confirm the meeting but one person close to the administration said “in coming days, you will see him at meetings with Republicans and Democrats again.”

Brown won’t be privy to the secret sessions, but continues to make himself available to Republicans.

After his State of the State address, Brown and his wife Anne Gust dropped in on the California Republican Party’s “Back to Session” shindig at the fancy Ella Restaurant, chatting with Assembly GOP Leader Connie Conway, R-Visalia, among others.

He’s already appeared at GOP caucus breakfasts and luncheons, and met with a number of lawmakers privately in his office.

Steven Harmon