California Democratic Party
Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.
The California Latino Caucus Foundation is picking up the estimated $50,000 tab. The invitation lists the event as the “Inauguration of Kevin de Leon,” using language usually reserved for presidents and governors. The soiree will feature a 15-member, all-female mariachi band called Mariachi Divas.
Gov. Jerry Brown and fellow Democratic state lawmakers head into the final week of negotiations over the state budget having agreed to a rainy day fund and pay down massive liabilities in the teachers’ pension system.
On the eve of the election, both parties were scrambling to reach as many voters as possible.