A roast of Gray Davis. No, really.

Former aides and advisers to Gray Davis are planning a 70th birthday celebration and roast in the former governor’s honor for Nov. 14 at the California History Museum in Sacramento.

Organized by Lynn Schenk, Garry South and Dan Zingale, the event will be MCed by former California Democratic Party chairman Art Torres.

A roast. Of Gray Davis. The mind fairly reels with possibilities.

To commemorate the governor’s tenure, they should brown out the lights several times during the party. Or make it a casino night, so you have to pay to play. Or have a dance contest, in which people will be judged solely on their ability to do the robot.

In related news, the remake of “Total Recall” opens this Friday.

(C’mon, readers, help me out here with your own ideas.)

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.

  • GV Haste

    Before we was nostalgic about Grey Davis, let us not forget that during his short reign, state spending jumped 35% in three short years. In fact, after adjusting for inflation and growth in population, the true real growth was still 25% in those 3 years.
    That set California budgets on a course that they never recovered from.

    Also, during his term, the huge changes in pension laws took place. Those changes allowed the gigantic pension hikes that took place from 2001 thru 2006.
    All of them “retroactive” and locked into the future for most current employees.
    Govenments, state, county, and most cities gave massive increase in pensions due to the change Grey Davis signed into law.

    Oakland for example jacked up pensions by a whopping and instant 35%… and worst of all included all prior years of service.
    This effectively gave huge “golden parachutes” to thousands of city workers.
    The retired Ms Edgerly for example will end up collected a “extra” million dollars due to this increase. Main stream lower level employees will gain from $200,000 to $600,000 extra from the pension system.
    Never mind it is underfunded.

    And it won’t end there, or now. Employees hired even in 2009 will continue at these jacked up rates until they retire in 2040. The gift that keeps on taking.

    These seemingly simple pension changes during the Davis administration, in Oakland alone, will end up costing the city over hundreds of millions of dollars as they unfold. All money Oakland does not have.

    Makes the debacle at the Oakland coliseum look like child’s play.