Brown considers using his campaign war chest in 2016 initiative battles

Park Won-soon, Jerry Brown

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon listens to Gov. Jerry Brown at a working session of the United Nations conference on climate change in Le Bourget, France, on Dec. 5.

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Gov. Jerry Brown said he is preparing to wade into next year’s crowded field of ballot battles, which could include proposing a new effort on climate change or fighting off an initiative to restrict infrastructure projects.

“There are some things we’re looking at,” he said. “I’m not ready to talk about them yet.”

Brown has, between two accounts, about $24 million in campaign cash left over from last year’s gubernatorial contest, a sizable chunk even by California standards.

The governor’s plans for water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are facing a ballot challenge from a wealthy farmer who wants to force the state to seek voter approval before launching projects costing more than $2 billion in revenue bonds. That measure qualified last month for the November 2016 ballot.


Brown declined to detail any next steps on environmental issues in an interview while riding to the airport here Thursday morning. He’s returning to California after five days at the United Nations summit on climate change.

The governor said he has a “renewed determination to ensure our climate programs are ... moving in the right direction.”


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