California Policy NewsFlash

SacBee: Governor-Elect Jerry Brown to be Sworn in Monday

Capitol Alert

December 31, 2010

By Torey Van Oot

All eyes will be on Gov.-elect Jerry Brown Monday as the 72-year-old Democrat is sworn in for a third term as California’s chief executive.

That takes place at 11 a.m. at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium. The Brown transition team has said an undetermined number of seats will be available to the public, but so far has provided no other details. A reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the California Railroad museum. Watch this blog for additional details as they become available.

Brown won’t be the only constitutional officer taking the oath of office Monday. Here’s a rundown of when, where and by whom the other statewide officials elected Nov. 2 will be sworn in.

Controller John Chiang

Time: Approximately 9:30 a.m.
Place: Elks Tower Ballroom, 921 11th St., Sacramento
Officiating: Sacramento Superior Court Judge Russell L. Hom will administer the oath of office.
Reception: Chiang’s ceremony will kick off with a private reception at 8 a.m. sponsored by the Grace Initiative, a new nonprofit effort focused on providing financial literacy programs for low-income working families.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

Time: 9 a.m.
Place: The gymnasium of Concord’s Mount Diablo High School, where Torlakson taught before beginning his career in politics.
Officiating: Torlakson will be sworn in by Barbara Nemko, Napa County schools superintendent.
Reception: Torlakson will head to Sacramento to host an open house at the California Department of Education, 1430 N St., from 3 to 5 p.m.

Attorney General Kamala Harris

Time: 1 p.m.
Place: The swearing in will be private, at the California Museum For History, Women & The Arts, 1020 O St.Sacramento.
Officiating: To be determined.
Reception: A private reception will follow at the museum.

Treasurer Bill Lockyer

Time: 3 p.m.
Place: Capitol Rotunda
Officiating: Lockyer’s wife, Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, will administer the oath of office. Former Democratic Sen. Art Torres will emcee the event.
Reception: Lockyer hosts a private reception following the ceremony at the state Treasurer’s Office.

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

Time: 5 p.m.
Place: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento
Special guests: Controller John Chiang, a longtime friend and high school classmate, will emcee the ceremony. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye will administer the oath of office.
Reception: A public reception follows the ceremony, lasting until 6:30 p.m.


Secretary of State Debra Bowen

Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Secretary of State Office Building Auditorium, 1500 11th St.
Officiating: Attorney General Kamala Harris will administer the oath of office.
DELAY: Bowen’s staff said the elections chief opted to wait a day to be sworn in for her second term because of the already crowded schedule on Jan. 3.


Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom will be in Sacramento to attend the swearing-in ceremonies for Gov.-elect Jerry Brown and other constitutional officers, but the San Franciscan won’t take the oath of office himself.

Newsom has scheduled an inaugural celebration for 1 p.m. on Jan. 10 in the Capitol Rotunda, though a spokesman said he could be sworn in sooner.

Constitutional officers are eligible to be sworn in as soon as the first Monday in January following the November election, though the term will not technically start until they take the oath of office.

Newsom’s decision is a political one, albeit local. By holding off on resigning as San Francisco mayor, Newsom will ensure the newly elected San Francisco Board of Supervisors, a more moderate bunch than the current board, selects the interim mayor to fill the remainder of his term there.

Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, the Republican Newsom defeated in the November election, will remain lieutenant governor until Newsom takes the oath of office, the secretary of state’s office said.

By Lauren Michele

Lauren Michele – Founder/Owner of Policy in Motion – is a policy consultant/advisor and communications strategist, specializing in progressive and non-partisan politics. She helps candidates and clients build campaigns, coalitions, and communication strategies. Lauren has 15 years of experience working with federal, state, and local government agencies; non-profit organizations; foundations; universities; and political/issue campaigns, including a Presidential Campaign and a California State Bond. Ms. Michele has over a decade of experience working virtually both in team and individual environments, with Policy in Motion offices in California. Policy in Motion’s mission is to promote the environmental, economic, and social well being of communities —fostering a sustainable future for all people and the planet.

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