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Jerry Brown's California: Five big changes from 1975 to 2011

Once California’s youngest governor, Jerry Brown begins a second term Monday as the state’s oldest.

- Sara AfzalContributor, Andrew HeiningStaff writer

California gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown (r.) and Meg Whitman (l.) appeared Oct. 26 with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the Women's Conference in Long Beach, Calif. (Matt Sayles/AP/File)

Penny pincher

Governor Brown famously refused to live in the state's new governor's mansion when he took office in 1975. Instead, he opted to sleep in a rented Sacramento apartment – on a mattress on the floor, no less. He also rejected the customary limousine and outgoing Gov. Ronald Reagan's private jet – saving some $210,000 in the process.

Today, Brown continues his same frugal ways. His inauguration featured a public lunch with hot dogs and chips. His 2010 gubernatorial campaign cost $24.8 million – not chump change, but less than one-sixth of the $160 million spent by Republican competitor Meg Whitman.


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