Gov. Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, offered clashing visions of California and open disdain for one another Thursday night in a testy, fast-paced debate that sharpened the contrasts between the two rivals on a wide gamut of issues.
Kashkari went on the attack in his opening remarks, suggesting that Brown's depiction of a California on the mend masked the reality of widespread poverty, unemployment and substandard schools.
"I think Gov. Brown means well, but his 40 years in government has left him out of touch with the struggles of working families," Kashkari said.
Brown brushed aside the barbs, saying the state was in...