Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stay Tuned

Capitol Weekly does an annual list of the 100 most influential people in Sacramento.* It excludes elected officials such as the governor. Each name on the list comes with a short description.

As you scroll down the list (which is headed by Anne Gust Brown, Jerry's wife and chief advisor), you come to number 10:

10. Janet Napolitano: If you’re a connoisseur of resumés, Janet Napolitano’s is a stunner.  As president of the 10-campus University of California, she leads a world-class organization with 10 campuses, five medical centers, 238,700 students and 198,300 employees.  Before that, she was secretary of the sprawling Department of Homeland Security and before that, she was governor of Arizona.  (Time magazine named her one of the nation’s top five governors.) Wait, there’s more. She graduated summa cum laude from California’s Santa Clara University and she holds a Phi Beta Kappa key.  As a former governor, she went head-to-head with Jerry Brown early in 2015 on the university’s budget, threatening to raise tuition unless the state came across with more funding.  No one blinked — at least publically — but Napolitano got additional dollars.  Brown and the Legislature now know they are dealing with a tough and savvy political operative.  Stay tuned.

Stay tuned? OK, let's try it:

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