Gov. Jerry Brown went to Concord on Thursday to promote a plan to fix the state’s roads and highways, acknowledging that the $52 billion plan may be a “heavy lift” for some motorists but promising he’s motivated only by a desire to improve transportation.
“I don’t think I’m running for office,” he quipped during a news conference as he stood on an unused Concord road flanked by by a sea of orange-vest-clad construction workers and more formally dressed politicians, including state Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount (Los Angeles County).
“I only have lieutenant governor, treasurer and controller left,” Brown said.
Someone in the crowed shouted out: “President.”
“But I’d be 82 then,” he said, pausing. “Don’t rule it out.” [Emphasis added]
Brown and the legislative leaders are trying to build support for the $52 billion plan to repair roads and bridges and improve public transportation. Their message: The state has ignored its infrastructure for 23 years and can’t wait any longer to start making repairs.
“It can’t be more fundamental,” Brown said at a press conference held on the unused roadway behind a Monument Boulevard strip mall. “It’s a test of where we are. Is America on the move? Is California on the move? Are we going to shrink back or move forward?”