In a speech running a little more than 11 minutes, and after volunteers handed out glossy signs that proclaimed, "Stand With Jerry," the governor told the party faithful to stand down… for now… on the tax issue.
"You'll get your marching orders soon enough," said Brown in a muted comment about the proposal.
Might one of the fixes to what ails California's ballot initiative process be a second, and separate, system of ballot measures that makes it easier for grassroots groups and ordinary citizens to compete?
That was one of the more novel, and best received, ideas floated Saturday at a Bay Area gathering of folks from around the world talking about direct democracy. And it was suggested by an unlikely duo.