Jerry Brown declares ‘Ronald Reagan Day’

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a proclamation declaring Thursday to be “Ronald Reagan Day.”

“From his humble Midwestern origins, through a successful career in Hollywood, and on to the highest offices in his state and country, Ronald Reagan lived the California dream.

“On this 103rd anniversary of his birth, we remember not only his most celebrated achievements – his successful diplomacy with Mikhail Gorbachev and the economic recovery that occurred under his presidency. We also remember the turbulent years of his governorship, during which he proved his ability to manage the affairs of the state, and earlier, the talent and the skill he brought to his work in one of our state’s most renowned and beloved industries.

“Now therefore I, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim February 6th, 2014 as ‘Ronald Reagan Day.’”

Brown's Reagan Day proclamation

I’m sure some Bay Area folks will say Brown is soft-pedaling Reagan’s less-flattering legacies in income inequality, financial deregulation, mental health, labor rights, and other policy areas.

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.