Sometimes what we need in times like these are light-hearted photos of gubernatorial oatmeal or a little slice of the Hollywood-State Government nexis. You know -- a reminder that not all is doom and gloom.
The Dead Kennedys satirized our past and present governor's demeanor in the song California Uber Alles:
"I am Governor Jerry Brown, My aura smiles and new frowns."
After sifting through photos of Brown from the past year, I can only ask: Where's the smile? After years of Arnold, we photo editors have become spoiled. Just about every day we were able to pick and choose from a plethora of photographic grins.
So Jerry Brown, I'm watching you. I'm trolling Getty, AP and Flickr, waiting for a glimmer of that smile I know that you have in you.
Here are just a handful of shots taken in situations in which you'd think Jerry would turn those mouth corners up...but didn't.