Republican response by State Sen. Republican Leader Bob Dutton says Brown's proposal is mostly an "accounting shell game." Dutton focuses on opposition to tax-hike extensions.
Update 5:24 p.m. Ends with some great-speech boilerplate language, and he's outta there... Speaker of the Assembly adjourns the session. But members are not excused, someone reminds the legislators. They've got a floor session on tap now. Oh wait motion to adjourn...they can go home now. Time to turn to your radio or online to listen to Scott Shafer hosting The California Report's coverage of the speech.
Update 5:23 p.m. Mentions of Google and Yahoo! as symbols of California's inventiveness. Maybe he should have left off the latter.
Update 5:22 p.m. Apropos of nothing, I think Jerry looks vaguely like Rod Steiger.
Update 5:20 p.m. For third time he calls for better ideas if anyone has them, implicitly suggesting in my view that there aren't any.
Update 5:20 p.m.Cut somewhere else! Brown says various groups say.
Update 5:19 p.m. Delving into redevelopment flap. Saying mayors claiming redevelopment funds are different.
Update 5:18 p.m. People have a "right to vote" on this plan, given "unique nature of crisis" and impact implementation will have.
Update 5:18 p.m.Trademark aside: "I want to see some Republicans clapping here."
Update 5:16 p.m. Invoking Egypt and Tunisia, saying we can't block vote of people concerning special election he's called for. A bit of a stretch if you ask me.
Update 5:14 p.m."Kicking the can down the road" is not an option. He's casting himself as the only adult in the room -- ideological adherents of both state spending and tax-cutting will have to give.
Update 5:13 p.m. KQED's John Myers is tweeting from the scene.
Update 5:12 p.m. "Need to find the courage and summon to will" to tackle deficit.
Update 5:07 p.m. Gavin Newsom is speaking, opening up with a quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes. We can only hope Newsom doesn't speak longer than Brown. Introduces Brown. I see the blogger are focusing on the substantial. One tweet: "Who does Newsom's hair?"
Update 5:09 p.m. Brown corrects introduction by Newsom, says it's his 8th, not 7th. Now he's going into prepared remarks. Folks around here say you never know when he'll deviate from script...