Podcast: Hard Surfaces

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Governor Jerry Brown's quip about his office setup for meetings with legislators and others -- a picnic-like table and bench seating that he says keeps everyone from getting too comfortable -- may be the perfect metaphor for the times.

After all, things are uncomfortable all across California.

On this week's Capital Notes Podcast, we gauge how the governor is doing on his quest for a budget deal in just a matter of weeks -- a quest that met head first with some unhappy local officials this week.

Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times and I also examine this week's public poll that suggests the voters may be willing to go along with Brown's tough plan -- more willing, perhaps, than legislators or interest groups?

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About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new California Politics & Government Desk. He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades, serving previously as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED News and most recently as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC) in Sacramento. In 2014, he was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.

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