'I'm Here to Enlighten You': The Legacy of Jerry Brown

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Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) speaks during an event at the National Press Club April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown shared some farewell thoughts at the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday, including a quintessential Brown disclaimer:“I’m not here to make news, I’m here to enlighten you." Brown's remarkable career includes serving as California governor (twice), state attorney general and mayor of Oakland. He leaves his successor, Gavin Newsom, a budget surplus and a slew of globally-recognized environmental protections. We'll take stock of Brown's legacy and look at his record on issues like climate change, criminal justice, water, and infrastructure. What moments in Jerry Brown's leadership had the most effect on you?


Scott Shafer, senior editor, KQED’s California Politics and Government desk; co-host of KQED's Political Breakdown podcast

Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED's California Politics & Government Desk; co-host of KQED's Political Breakdown podcast

Craig Miller, science editor, KQED