Update: Sunday, Jan. 4: 9 p.m.
Ben Adler talks about Gov. Brown's fourth term during the Sunday News10.net newscast:
Original story: Friday, Jan. 2, 5 p.m.
Democrat Jerry Brown will be sworn in for his fourth – and final – term as California governor Monday morning, in the Assembly chambers.
He's combining his inaugural and State of the State addresses into a single speech – unlike four years ago, when he gave separate speeches several weeks apart.
Perhaps that’s because Brown faces a very different political landscape now. When he returned to the governor’s office in 2011, California was struggling to recover from the recession and facing a $25 billion deficit.
Today, the deficit is gone, although the state is still deep in long-term debt. California’s economy is recovering, albeit unevenly. And Brown has been cryptic about his new plans for a fourth term.
He’s expected to again set a tone of austerity on budget spending, while renewing calls for his ambitious but costly Delta tunnel and high-speed rail projects. There’s also anticipation of his response to the latest round of tuition increases at the University of California.