Gov. Brown’s Inaugural Speech Evokes Praise, Trepidation Among Lawmakers

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State lawmakers reacted to Gov. Jerry Brown’s inaugural address with praise and trepidation Monday and, in a reflection of the political dynamic in California, that was just among the governor’s fellow Democrats.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) said he was most excited by Brown’s ambitious new proposal for further reductions to carbon emissions and goal to have 50% of the power used in California supplied by renewable energy sources by 2030.

“I thought it was a great speech,” De Leon told reporters afterward. “There was a lot in the speech that I agreed with regards to climate change and moving policy.”

But the governor’s climate change proposals were greeted with muted approval by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, a moderate Fresno Democrat, who has opposed some of the state’s current carbon reducing policies.

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