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LOS ANGELES -- Hours after delivering his State of the State address to the Legislature this morning, Gov. Jerry Brown arrived this afternoon in Los Angeles, where he essentially read it again.

The Democratic governor told an invitation-only crowd at Los Angeles City Hall, including former Gov. Gray Davis and philanthropist Eli Broad, that he flew down this afternoon because "the business of government is not just under the Capitol dome," though a bank of television cameras at the back pointed to another reason a politician might visit L.A.

Brown is proposing a ballot measure to raise taxes, and he told reporters later, after meeting privately with teachers at an elementary school in Burbank, that he plans to travel more often this year.

"You can expect to see me in Los Angeles a lot more in the coming months," he said.

Brown is scheduled to appear in Irvine and San Diego on Thursday, concluding a two-day swing through Southern California.

Brown was accompanied by senior advisers on a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento, including his wife, Anne Gust Brown.

He told reporters an updated business plan for California's controversial high-speed rail project will be released in three weeks.


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