Friday, January 15, 2016 The CSAC Bulletin
Governor Talks Issues With CSAC Executive Committee
California Governor Jerry Brown spent about an hour with the CSAC Executive Committee this week in a free flowing discussion that covered everything from his budget proposal to education, transportation and criminal justice in the Golden State.

“I think it’s great that the Governor is willing to spend an hour of his time with us to just talk things over,” said CSAC President and Amador County Supervisor Richard Forster. “His willingness to engage with counties indicates the strength of our relationship. We don’t see eye to eye on everything, but the Governor is frank and candid with us about his goals and vision, and there are plenty of issues where we do find common ground.”

The Governor repeated his pledge to remain fiscally prudent and even passed around a copy of the graph he used at his budget press conference earlier this month. It shows the cyclical nature of California’s economy, and how state revenue is closely tied to some of the most volatile sources. The Governor said he does not intend to leave a deficit behind when he leaves office.

The Governor joined the Executive Committee immediately after he spoke at a statewide meeting about the California Water Action Plan that CSAC co-sponsored. The drought, El Niño and groundwater were also part of the discussion with CSAC’s Executive Committee. “Many counties are in the process of working on their sustainable groundwater management plans right now,” said Supervisor Forster. “And the Governor was genuinely interested in how we are managing that process.”

“Our Executive Committee also approved our advocacy priorities at this meeting,” said CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate. "We have a lot of work to do this year in the State Capitol on key issues facing counties. The Governor is interested in how counties are approaching these issues and he’s willing to listen to our point of view. He also understands that counties have an integral role in implementing some of the state’s most important programs like health care, public safety and sustainable water policies.”
Governor Jerry Brown with CSAC President Richard Forster and First Vice President Dave Roberts at the Executive Committee meeting.