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From the Archives: Newly elected Governor Brown meets the press - 1974 and 2014

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Nov. 6, 1974: Gov.-elect Jerry Brown talks with reporters at his campaign headquarters in Los Angeles shortly before giving his victory speech.
(Rick Meyer / Los Angeles Times)

In a close election, Brown defeated Republican Houston Flournoy by about 175,000 votes out of 6 million cast. In the Nov. 6, 1974, Los Angeles Times, political writer Richard Bergholz reported:

California’s governor-elect, 36-year-old Edmund G. Brown Jr., plunged into the business of governing today only hours after he won a squeaky-close victory over Republican Houston I. Flournoy.…

Brown served notice he would take a hard line on spending proposals. “People want a new spirit,’” he told newsmen,“but they don’t want to pay more taxes to achieve it.”

And he cited the defeat of Proposition A locally, the proposal to raise the sales tax 1 cent to pay for rapid transit, as an indication that “people are not in the mood for big spending programs.”...

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This image above by staff photographer Rick Meyer, ran on Page 1 but was cropped into a two-column vertical.

On Nov. 4, 2014, Brown was reelected to a fourth term as governor. On Nov. 5, he met with the news media, below.

Nov. 5, 2014: California Gov. Jerry Brown conducts a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento a
Nov. 5, 2014: California Gov. Jerry Brown conducts a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento a day after he was reelected to his fourth term.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The post was originally published on Nov. 3, 2010. It was updated on Nov. 5, 2014, with an additional photo after Gov. Jerry Brown was reelected.

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