Governor Jerry Brown sat down with KQED’s Political Breakdown hosts Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos, hours after releasing his annual budget proposal.

The wide-ranging conversation included the sexual misconduct scandal at the State Capitol, his thoughts on criminal justice reform in the coming year, and advice for his successor on dealing with the state legislature.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sexual Misconduct at the Capitol, Criminal Justice Reform, and Life after Office 15 February,2018Scott Shafer

  • De Blo

    I am excited by this new Political Breakdown podcast. Does it replace or supplement the existing California Politics Podcast?

  • De Blo

    I cannot believe even a single legislator would vote to support even more extremist rent control, which drives housing shortages and price spikes, blight, crime, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and displacement and harms all Californians.

  • De Blo

    Regarding criminal justice reform, some advances have probably been positive. However, we need to repeal Propositions 47 and 57, which have caused a huge spike in car break-ins and bicycle theft. The idea that vandalism and theft of less then $1,000 is now only a misdemeanor is unacceptable.

  • De Blo

    Best governor ever! I wish Governor Jerry Brown could be president of the United States.


Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer migrated to KQED in 1998 after extended stints in politics and government to host The California  Report. Now he covers those things and more as senior editor for KQED’s Politics and Government Desk. When he’s not asking questions you’ll often find him in a pool playing water polo. Find him on Twitter @scottshafer


Marisa Lagos

Marisa Lagos reports on state politics for KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk, which uses radio, television and online mediums to explore the latest news in California’s Capitol and dig deeper into political influence in the Golden State. Marisa also appears on a weekly podcast analyzing the week’s political news.

Before joining KQED, Marisa worked  at the San Francisco Examiner and Los Angeles Times, and, most recently, for nine years at the San Francisco Chronicle where she covered San Francisco City Hall and state politics, focusing on the California legislature, governor, budget and criminal justice. In 2011, she won a special award for extensive and excellent work in covering California justice issues from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and also helped lead the Chronicle’s award-winning breaking news coverage of the 2010 San Bruno Pacific Gas & Electric explosion. She has also been awarded a number of fellowships from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York.

Marisa has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She and lives in San Francisco with her two sons and husband. Email: Twitter @mlagos Facebook

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