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Opinion: The Conversation: Will Jerry Brown provide the leadership California needs?

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In October, The Times’ editorial board endorsed Jerry Brown for California governor, saying that Brown was more likely to provide the leadership our state needs. Now that’s he’s taken office, we’re eager for him to wrangle our budget woes. From our editorial in fall 2010:

Brown knows that the state’s top expenses are public education, health and safety, and that none of those programs can be eliminated but that there are short-term efficiencies and long-term structural changes that can keep each operating for another generation. He has a good grasp of the degree to which labor unions can be weaned from unsustainable health and pension entitlements and, likewise, which regulations the state can ease to attract business and which cannot be touched without affecting California’s quality of life.

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Elsewhere:

2011 will demand courage and sacrifice, Brown said during his inauguration speech. [PolitiCal]

Brown’s success could depend on his first 100 days. [Los Angeles Times]

Top 5 to Watch in 2011: Infrastructure leaders. [Huffington Post]

Get ready for budget cuts. Lots of them. [Sacramento Bee]

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