In a historic day for California, Jerry Brown was inaugurated as the 39th Governor of California this morning, and this afternoon Kamala Harris was sworn in as the state's Attorney General.
Gavin Newsom, who is currently serving as the Mayor of San Francisco, is expected to be sworn in as lieutenant governor no later than January 10.
The inaugural ceremony of Governor Jerry Brown was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday in the crowded Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. The ceremony was attended by members of the California legislature, former Governor Gray Davis, outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, and Gavin Newsom.
Governor Brown, who previously served as California's 34th governor, faced his constituents on Monday to deliver his third inaugural speech as governor of California. His speech emphasized the budget he will present next week. Governor Brown stated that the budget will be "painful but honest" and a "tough budget for tough times." Governor Brown spoke of his commitment to education and energy efficiency and his loyalty to California.
This afternoon Kamala Harris was sworn in as California's first woman Attorney General in Sacramento at the California Museum for History, Women and The Arts.
In her inaugural speech, Attorney General Harris described herself as "a literal daughter of Brown versus the Board of Education," because she was in the second class that integrated public schools in Berkeley. She pledged to protect and defend all Californians by employing measures that will be tougher, smarter, and more innovative on crime.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom stated that he is postponing his inauguration until he can complete various projects. However, there is speculation that he is postponing his swearing in so that his successor will be selected by a new Board of Supervisors. Four new members will be sworn in to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors late this week.
Governor Brown, Lieutenant Governor elect Newsom, and Attorney General Harris are taking over California's top governing spots in California in a time of economic crisis. The budget deficit is possibly as high as $28 billion. According to California Employment Development Department statistics, statewide unemployment is at 12.4%. In Los Angeles County, 300,219 individuals were certified for unemployment benefits in October 2010. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in November 2010 unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale metropolitan division were higher than statewide levels at 13%.
All Bay Area Democrats - Governor Jerry Brown, Lieutenant Governor elect Gavin Newsom, and Attorney General Kamala Harris - were elected in the November 2010 midterm elections in a clean sweep for Democrats in California.
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To read a profile of Attorney General Kamala Harris click here.