By Cheryl Brown –
Sacramento was ablaze with activity as the batons were passed in the constitutional offices. For the first time in a very long time the leadership are all of one party. In November Democrats swept the elections and won the state constitution seats.
Governor Jerry Brown’s third inauguration crowded, the lines leading to the auditorium were wrapped around the building. Inside Brown’s speech was as austere as the budget he will soon unveil. It only took 16 minutes to officially speak of the trouble the state is in and how he plans to call on everyone to give something. His wife Anne introduced him and the former governors and wives in the audience, Gray Davis, Pete Wilson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. She honored the wives and was humbled to follow in their footsteps.
John Chaing was also sworn in as State Controller.
Tom Torlakson's inauguration took place in Concord. His reception was well attended and his focus as is everyone’s is the looming budget.
Torlakson did have time to speak briefly about the high dropout rate of African American students, he said it is unacceptable and he would be addressing the issue. Later this month the State Board of Education will unveil the report on how to fix the problem by the African American Advisory Committee.
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer was next in the line of constitutional officers to take the oath. He returns to the position with a focus on the state’s fiscal crisis.
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, inauguration was a family affair. His wife and children were on program daughter Isabelle Flores- Jones sang the famous song from Rent.
The last event of the evening was the Governors Party. It was a grand affair with food stations that showcased California cuisine. There was California fruit, cheese, wine, beer, Mexican food, tri-tip steak sandwiches, nuts and plenty of oranges with everyone leaving with an 8 lb. bag of navel oranges from the California State Historic Citrus Park.
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