Kashkari video attacks Brown on schools

Republican Neel Kashkari’s gubernatorial campaign released a web video Wednesday claiming Gov. Jerry Brown is in the California Teachers Association’s pocket, perhaps presaging an avenue of attack in Thursday’s first – and probably only – debate between the candidates.

“The California Constitution guarantees that every child is entitled to an equal and quality education,” Kashkari said. “Apparently, Jerry Brown doesn’t agree that the civil rights of poor and minority children are worth fighting for.”

California Attorney General Kamala Harris last week filed a brief on behalf of Brown and the state signaling they’ll appeal the recent Vergara v. California decision which struck down teacher tenure laws.

“It is clear where Jerry Brown’s priorities lie, and sadly, his priority is not the children of our state,” Kashkari said.

The one-hour debate starting at 7 p.m. Thursday is cosponsored by KQED, the Los Angeles Times, the California Channel and Telemundo California, and will be held in the California Channel’s studio with John Myers, KQED’s politics and government editor, as moderator.

KQED Public Television (Channel 9) and Telemundo stations in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno and Sacramento will televise it live and provide a simultaneous Spanish-language translation. The California Channel will also broadcast the debate live to more than 5 million homes across the state.

KQED Public Radio will broadcast the debate live on its stations in San Francisco (88.5 FM) and Sacramento (89.3 FM) and will distribute the debate live for broadcast to 30 public radio stations across California via its statewide news service, the California Report.

KQEDnews.org, Telemundo52.com and CalChannel.com will offer a live video Web stream.

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.

  • JohnW

    Kashkari has a snowball’s chance in you know where to beat Brown. But he has some pretty juicy talking points to use in Thursday night’s debate. The crazy train, teacher tenure and the breaking news about Tesla.

  • Elwood

    Not to mention Jerry’s twin bores designed to move the entire flow of the Sacramento river southward rapidly and efficiently.

    In laughable 21st century doublespeak it’s called the Delta Protection Plan or something like that.

  • JohnW

    The twin bores are probably just fine with two thirds of the state population — farm country and Southern CA. So, that’s not necessarily something Kashkari can use to his advantage. Besides, the debate is only 60 minutes. Can’t do much damage in that amount of time, especially when the debate is competing with Thursday night NFL (Seahawks v Packers).

  • JohnW

    The debate was excellent. The moderator from KQED did a great job of cramming in lots of topics, bringing out substantive differences and keeping things moving. Not a game changer for Kashkari, but he definitely held his own and forced Brown a few times to resort to off-topic ad hominem comments about Kashkari’s Wall Street experience.

  • Elwood

    A game changer for Kashkari would be if the earth had opened up and swallowed Brown.

  • Cloudsuk

    The debate was pretty useless in the way of offering solutions.

    Kashkari hammered on Brown’s record . . . . . and never offered much in the way of alternatives. Brown continues his allegiance to public unions, Kashkari aligned with businesses – – – both willing to throw the broader electorate under the rising tide of globalized economics.

    Birds of a feather attempting to keep the eyes of the electorate distracted from the real issue(s) and focused on the petty and shiny object of partisan squalor and sound bites.

    It’s a race to the bottom with both party candidates hoping to keep their personal noses – and the noses of their respective favorites – above water . . . the rest of us be damned.

    Take a look around. The Brown’s and Kashkari’s of the world have lowered your standard(s) of living by orders of magnitude.

    Now ask yourself what YOU can do.

  • JohnW

    It was a 60 minute debate, not Lincoln-Douglas! Taking out the time it took for the moderator and panel to explain the rules and ask questions, each candidate had maybe 20-25 minutes of speaking time. Despite that limitation, the debate did cover the issues on voters minds and clarified specific authentic differences on those issues. I’ve seen longer presidential debates that covered far less and consisted mostly of pre-scripted zingers.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Kash. is far more impressive than “former Adm. Official”
    RoKha. Too bad he isn’t taking on Honda

  • Cloudsuk

    This little circus stunt may have “clarified differences” as you suggest but it is exactly those kinds of distinctions that established politicos hope constituency will focus on.

    Would be very problematic indeed if that electorate began to pay attention to – for example – their seriously declining quality of life or losses in accumulated wealth . . . .both of which are the far more tangible results of the current bipartisan political process.