In 2006, the Governor took a beating, and has since learned to choose his battles more wisely: one at a time. He's almost out of time, but his battleground in 2009 is education.
Teachers across the State, in a bewildering action that really only demonstrates how craven top administrators are for Sacto cash, are being noticed today of potential layoffs, and making a stew about it.
It's called Pink Friday, and the reason it hasn't caught more media traction is it's so hard for news organizations to understand what's really going on. On the one hand, the State does not control the noticing--yet it's a statewide action, a collusion among districts. Few in the Unions except at the very top also seem to understand this. Hell, even the Pink Friday blog is undergoing "maintenance"--on the very day it should be communicating things!
Pink Friday is a tough sell for teachers because their brothers and sisters in fire, police, nursing are not around much to support them...
At the university level, UC fees will go up. Garamendi, a Regent and a trailing candidate for Governor himself, won't like it, but they will go up.
Jerry Brown knows when to duck out: he's safely ensconced in celebrity-land with the Anna Nicole Smith matter today. Our own Mayor is working on stimulus strings, and has thus far successfully avoided explaining to our local scribes what the hell Jose Huizar was doing with him in Washington other than measuring the drapes in an eastside Congressional office. Teachers are on their own, alas.