SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov.-elect Jerry Brown will be sworn in next month at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium — the same place Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took the oath of office four years ago.

The swearing in will take place Jan. 3, with new California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye presiding, Brown’s transition team said Wednesday.

The ceremony will be followed by a private afternoon reception at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento’s Old Town tourist section.

The auditorium, which holds 3,000 people, was the site of Brown’s first post-election budget forum earlier this month. It also is across the street from the loft he and his wife are renting.

Family, friends, supporters and dignitaries will receive invitations to the ceremony in the coming days, Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said. A block of tickets will be set aside for the public.

An inaugural committee has been formed to cover the day’s expenses, but Westrup said Brown plans to maintain a lean budget.

The governor-elect has been focusing on California’s fiscal problems and said the state faces difficult choices. He has pegged the state budget deficit at more than $28 billion over the next 18 months.

Additional information about the ceremony and party will be announced next week, Westrup said.

This will be Brown’s second tenure in the governor’s office, after holding the office from 1975-83. He is eligible for the new term because his previous stint came before California voters enacted term limits.

The only other California governor elected to a third term was Republican Earl Warren. He resigned the governor’s seat with a little more than a year left in his final term to accept a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. John Murphy says:

    2 weeks away??? Good, plenty of time to let some eggs get rotten 🙂

  2. Ross Crocco says:

    To all you Jerry Brown Bashers, just watch He may just make you into a Believer. He is the right Man for the Job. I think He will surprise some people. I feel a since of relief knowing He is our new Governor.

  3. Ross Crocco says:

    Fogot to mention I am a Registered Republican. Once Jerry is Sworn in you can blame him for all the States problems. You people have been blaming him since the Seventies. Get a Clue !!!!

  4. Hillaryfan says:

    Yes, Jerry is the right man for California! Watch him, you’ll see! He will be tough for both parties for the good of our state! Go, Jerry!!!!

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