The video in Part 1 starts at 9:10. Jerry Brown starts speaking at 11:15.
KQED's John Myers was at the meeting and wrote up this report on his Capital Notes blog.
The governor clearly seemed to arrive ready to mix it up, and while he did spend a little time insisting that Democrats, too, need to come out of their comfort zone, he saved most of his quips... his jabs... and his exhortations for legislative Republicans. Though they insist that Dems are also leery of the Guv's plan (though for different reasons), it's Republicans -- more every day -- who are opposing a June statewide election on Brown's plan to extend soon-to-expire taxes.
The governor's early comments incorporated a line a few other Dems have used in recent days: he won the election promising to do just this...
The governor went on to urge legislators to, in a sense, find solace in asking the public for input, saying otherwise that "it's too painful."
The event...felt almost like the British Parliament's 'Question Time...'
Watch the video:
For Brown's opening statement only, listen below. Adopting a rather lecturing tone, Brown calls again for an election on his budget plan, and chastises Rebublicans for balking at the idea. Some extracts:
Voters should give us permission for the cuts or the tax extensions. Because this is drastic stuff. This is not garden variety...Let's check in with the people, let's hear what they have to say...At some point you have to restore legitimacy to the process...When you're gonna make some big moves, that's very appropriate to consult the electorate...
When you folks (talking to Republicans) say no, no vote, no plan, that's not American... I expect you to honestly say I want to cut this: I want four weeks out of school, or don't cut that. Let's cut the university, or mental health. Or find some tax extensions. but come up with a balanced plan. That's what the oath of office entails..."
I play all the games you all play, and I tell you time is running out for California and this country if politicians just keep squabbling all the time...just saying no does a disservice to your constituents."