Hot on the heels of a few big business-sector endorsements of his budget plan – and perhaps on the cusp of landing another here in the East Bay – Gov. Jerry Brown is spending time today announcing more business support in Sacramento.
Brown will meet at 10:15 a.m. with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and then at 1:15 p.m. with the California Small Business Association, California Black Chamber of Commerce and California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Neither meeting is open to the press, but each will be followed by a news conference immediately outside the Governor’s office in the State Capitol.
And that’s a clear indication that these endorsements are fait accomplis. It’s not as if he’s still trying to convince them of anything today; Brown wouldn’t publicize the meetings and then let these groups’ leaders meet the press literally on his doorstep unless he already had them in the bag. It’s a carefully orchestrated roll-out of support: a measured number per day, in order to keep hammering home to Legislative Republicans that business generally is on board with letting voters decide whether to extend income, sales and vehicle taxes for five more years as part of the budget solution.