OAKLAND — Gov. Jerry Brown has not yet said if he will run for re-election next year, but he told supporters in a recent note to update their records to reflect a change of address: In addition to raising more than $14 million, "Brown for Governor" has a new office.
When Brown, first lady Anne Gust Brown and their dog, Sutter, arrived at The Packard Lofts building here Wednesday, the governor — who is widely expected to run — described his fourth floor space as a personal office, less "stuffy" than what he has at the Capitol or a state building in Oakland.
The office projects a mix of political and state work: On a circular wood table Brown used during his first campaign for governor, in 1974, sits a list of messages left for Brown and a copy of his administration's proposal to Boeing this week to try to persuade the aerospace giant to locate a production facility in California.
Brown declined to detail the proposal. Of the table, he said that in 1974, "Right around this table, I plotted."
The fourth-floor office, which Gust Brown estimated at about 1,000 square feet, is full of memorabilia from Brown's political campaigns and from his first two terms in office, from 1975 to 1983. On the refrigerator are stickers from his 2010 campaign for governor, and a bin of buttons from the campaign is in a bookcase by the door.
Asked if the 2010 paraphernalia isn't dated, he said, "We're not running yet."
Brown has more immediate concerns, including his annual budget proposal and State of the State address in January.
In preparation for the latter Brown said he is reading Josiah Royce, a philosopher who was born in Grass Valley in the 1800s and who Brown said "had something called the philosophy of loyalty."
Brown said he hasn't decided if Royce or his ideas about loyalty will make it into the address, but he said, "I'm thinking about whether that can apply to California ... You've got to have a sense that it's more important than your own particular interest."
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown at his new office in Oakland, while first lady Anne Gust Brown works in the background on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/David Siders