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It was a series of "small steps" that Gov. Jerry Brown was proud of after a year and half in office when he was governor before.

"For example, last month I signed a bill that starting next year will limit the amount of water that a toilet can consume, from seven gallons per flush to three and a half gallons," Brown said in this KPIX-TV clip of Brown at a rally when he was running for president in 1976. "You see? That's progress."

The crowd cheered, and Brown went on, "Last week I signed a bill to give a 10 percent tax deduction to anyone that will install a solar heating unit."

As it is today, the economy was high on Brown's mind.

"We have yet to really make a commitment to full employment," Brown said. "That's the Democratic tradition, and that's the No. 1 priority if I am fortunate enough to get this job, to put this country to work, from one end of the coast to the other."

Later that year, at a huge rally in Cupertino, Brown defended running for president after only a year and a half in office.

"We work 12, 15 hours a day, six days a week," he said in this KPIX-TV clip. "And based on a 40-hour work week, I'll have in my full four years in time for the inauguration in '77, and I'll compare that with Jimmy Carter any day."

Said Brown, "And that's the choice right now. It's either Carter from Georgia, or Brown from California."

The video clips are part of the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive, a project of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.


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