Brown, speaking at an event in San Francisco on Friday afternoon, said his decision to embrace driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants -- a shift from his campaign position in 2010 -- was spurred by "the foot dragging on the part of
"Because Congress has been so slow, I think they need a good push, and that's what I think this Drivers License bill does," Brown said.
"It says California recognizes these human beings are very important to our communities, to our economy and hopefully the people in Washington will get the message."
Brown said he's spoken with Rep.
He defended a bill to regulate a method of oil extraction known as fracking, despite protests from environmentalists that the bill on his desk doesn't go far enough. "Doing nothing is the worst approach," he said.
"Doing a comprehensive scientific study on oil drilling, fracking and various technologies that are associated with it is absolutely in the public interest, and that's what we're going to do."
Brown deflected questions about a legislative proposal to rename the Western span of the San Francisco-Oakland
"I think we've had enough talk on that subject," the governor said.