1975: Moonbeam lives in the CA Governor's Mansion & Onwards...... Jan 27, 2020 17:57:23 GMT
Post by 49ersfootball on Jan 27, 2020 17:57:23 GMT
Chapter 1: Inauguration Day
12:00 PM PST, Monday, January 6th, 1975
CA State Assembly Chambers, CA State Capitol
CA Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr., (D) delivering his 8-minute Inaugural Address inside the CA State Assembly Chambers of the
CA State Capitol in Sacramento, CA. Among those in attendance: CA State Treasurer Jesse Unruh (D), CA State AG Evelle Younger (R), CA Lieutenant Governor
Mervyn Dymally (D), CA State Controller Kenneth Cory (D), CA Secretary of State March Fong-Eu (D) & CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson Riles (D).
It was a spectacular Inauguration Day in Sacramento: over at the CA Governor's Office on the 1st floor of the CA State Capitol, people began putting things & belongings in their respective cubicle offices, while the grand office of the CA Governor was being touched up, movers began carefully bringing the new Governor's personal effects on his desk. The flags of the United States, CA State flag & CA Governor's flag were being properly touched, carefully matched up, making sure everything was downright perfect. Leaving Sacramento were the Reagan's, who were in attendance after 8 years, former CA Governor Ronald Reagan (R) & his wife, former CA First Lady Nancy Reagan had their eyes on a bigger prize: the White House, where Reagan's supporters began putting together a 1976 Presidential campaign against his fellow GOPer, unpopular President Gerald Rudolph Ford, who was all but declaring his campaign for a full 4-year term.
On the balcony: the Brown family were also in attendance, especially Reagan's predecessor, former CA Governor Edmunnd G. "Pat" Brown, Sr., (D) & the rest of the Brown's, who were excited at coming back to Sacramento after an 8-year hiatus.
Also in attendance were United States Senators Alan Cranston (D-CA) & John V. Tunney (D-CA) including several members of the CA Congressional Delegation, who were there as well. After Brown took the oath of office as CA's 34th Governor, he delivered his 8-minute Inaugural Address on the Speaker's rostrum podium:
"Thank you Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the Judiciary, friends. I probably won't come again to this rostrum for awhile (those words would prove prophetic as Brown was mentioned as a possible contender for the White House on the Dem side in 1976). As a matter of fact, I wasn't sure I was going to make it. My father thought I wasn't going to make it, either. But here I am.
Well, this morning I'm not going to give you a formalistic address. I just want to tell you what's on my mind. & what my hopes are for the people of CA in the coming year.
First, I think we ought to put this whole thing into perspective. We have all come through an election, & what have we learned ?More than half the people who could have voted, refused, apparently believing that we were do here has so little impact on their lives that they need not pass judgement on it. In other words, the biggest vote of all in November was a vote of no confidence. So our first order of business is to regain the trust & confidence of the people we serve.
& we can begin by following not only the letter, but the spirit of the political reform initiative, the biggest vote-getter of all in the primary election. The provisions of Proposition 9 will not always be easy to follow. But I honestly believe that they are the surest & most certain path to a government beyond reproach.
But an honest government is not enough. We also have to be effective. Today, unemployment in this state is well above the national average. That is not just a statistic, it is a reality. Men & women whose features are uncertain, whose families are anxious, look to us for answers. I know much of the solution lies at the federal level, but I also know that CA is the most influential state in the nation. What we do here will not only help our own citizens, it will provide a model for the entire country.
Very shortly I will sign an Executive Order requiring every state agency & department to actively participate in federally-funded public service employment programs.
Before the month is out, hundred of men & women who are on unemployment or welfare will be performing meaningful jobs. My administration will work closely with the federal government.
We are going to use the fullest, the millions of dollars available to put Californians back to work. We are going to cooperate with local government & industry to create as many jobs as humanly possible. & as we do, we will not ignore the role of women in our workforce & the special need for additional child care centers.
Both men & women will have equal opportunity to obtain every available job. In this I look to the legislature for assistance & guidance. I look to the state employees to make this program a reality. Finally, no employment program will be successful without the help of labor & business. The private sector still is, as well as should be, the principal source of employment. For our part, the state must cut through the tangle of overlapping environmental & land use rules which often delay needed construction. In the long run, the air, the water, & the land will be protected. But only by clear rules which are fairly enforced & without delay. Just as critical as unemployment is inflation, the cruelest tax of all. Again, major initiatives are required at the national level. But nothing prevents us from doing what we can. & we do that first by keeping the burden of state taxation at a level no higher than it is today.
Avoiding a general tax increase will not be easy. Rising unemployment means reduced state revenues as well as escalating expenditures for health & welfare. But I'm determined to see this year through without asking the people for further sacrifices in the form of new taxes. This means every branch & department of state government must re-examine itself with a view toward eliminating expenditures not absolutely essential to the well-being of the people. For my part, I propose a flat 7% reduction in my own office budget.
The uncertainty of the economy as well as the need to provide a fair system of school finance make it imperative to keep state expenditures well within the current revenues. I also believe it is time to end special privileges once & for all. I will support legislation to eliminate the oil depletion allowance & provide a realistic minimum tax on preference income. In addition, I'll support constitutional amendments to removing the home office deduction for insurance companies & the requirement of a two-third vote to alter business taxes.
& while we remove the special privileges of the few, we should not overlook the sacrifices of the many. It is time that we treat all workers alike, whether they work in the city or toil in the fields. This year, I hope you will give the governor another chance to sign an appropriate bill including farm workers within the protection of unemployment insurance.
I also believe it is time to extend the rule of law to the agriculture sector & establish the right of secret ballot elections for farm workers. The law I will support will impose rights & responsibilities on both farm worker & farmer alike. I expect that an appropriate bill that serves all the people will not fully satisfy any of the parties to the dispute, but that's no reason not to pass it.
As we bring collective bargaining to the fields, we should appropriate mechanisms for public employees to choose the bargaining representative of their choice. All workers, whoever they are, & wherever they are, should be strongly represented & have an effective voice in the decisions that affect their wages & working conditions.
It is a big job ahead. The rising cost of energy, the depletion of our resources, the threat to the environment, the uncertainty of our economy & the monetary system, the lack of faith in government, the drift in political & moral leadership-----is not the work of one person, it is the work of all of us working together. I ask your help. We have a lot of work to do. Thank you very much."
(Rounds of applause).