Jerry Brown slips state Senate some snark

Gov. Jerry Brown a while back had said he planned to veto a slew of bills he considered unnecesary, but he’s clearly willing to sign a few just to send a message. We’ll let today’s signing message speak for itself:

To the members of the California State Senate:

I am signing SB 769 which allows for a dead mountain lion to be stuffed and displayed.

This presumably important bill earned overwhelming support by both Republicans and Democrats.

If only that same energetic bipartisan spirit could be applied to creating clean energy jobs and ending tax laws that send jobs out of state.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.

UPDATE @ 3:57 P.M.: SB 769’s author, state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, is playing it straight, not mentioning the signing message but noting she authored the bill after a museum in her district was told by the Department of Fish and Game that no authority existed under Proposition 117 of 1990 to authorize the display of a lion that had been accidentally taken.

“It’s really unfortunate that the initiative was written so poorly that the legislature had to intervene 21 years later and correct this problem,” she said in a news release today. “This legislation was important to my district and many museums throughout California that want to display a mountain lion. I’m pleased to be able to work on behalf of my constituents to finally get this bureaucratic mess straightened out.”

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.

  • Rick K.

    Mark DeSaulnier has expertise in proposing many such “presumably important” bills. One was to name the new Benicia-Martinez Bridge for Congressman George Miller. Miller rewarded DeSaulnier with $1,000’s in campaign contributions. Miller’s lobbyist son, George IV (why does this sound like royalty?), gave DeSaulnier $1,000’s more (George IV lobbies DeSaulnier for various special interest clients. isn’t that convenient?). Another of DeSaulnier’s bills was to name a section of I-680 for another politician, Dan Boatwright, who personified the old-school, “wheeler-dealer” type of politics (working out a backroom deal to channel EBMUD water to massive real estate developments during the early 1990s drought). Boatwright promptly rewarded DeSaulnier with $1,000’s in campaign contributions. It’s bad enough that DeSaulnier and his ilk are wasting the Legislature’s time with such useless bills. It’s even worse that legislators like DeSaulnier are enriching their campaign coffers in exchange for naming OUR public assets for THEIR political cronies.

  • Tommyo

    Jerry – your agencies are out of control….did you add a funny line to the counter-circumcision abolition law?