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. two parades, 52 years appear and how one led to the other in a history-making week for the san francisco gyn. when someone says governor brown you might think of jerry, but there was a governor brown before him, his father pat and we'll look back at his time in sacramento sacramento's top-job and examine the two terms that
his son served from 1975-1983. it's all straight ahead on "a second look." . hello even. i'm frank somerville and this past week has opinion an historic one for san francisco giant's ones. for the first time since the team moved here from new york in 195, the giants are world champions after beating the texas rangers in the 2010 world series. wednesday, the city held a parade, honoring the team that described itself as "a bunch of castoffs and misfits ." a team that clinched the national league west on the last day of the. to san franciscans of a certain age, it covered the exact same rut52 years earlier, the one at the city held in 1958 to welcome willie mays and the rest of the newly named san francisco giants. ♪ san francisco open your golden gates.
you let no traininger wait outside your door ♪ san francisco, here is your wandering ones saying i wander no more ♪ >> it was a long and windy road that brought the gyns to san francisco and the credit for navigating it goes to mayor george christopher. in 20000 ktvu's george watson told us the story of how it all came about. >> reporter: san francisco in the mid- '50s because part world war ii glamour and sophistication, but part blue- collar babe town, a city not sure how big it wanted to be or could be. >> when george christopher was elected mayor of san francisco in 1956, he took over a city that was both provincial and cosmopolitan, a city on the cusp of beatnik generation, pre- hippie and pre-modernization, but george christopher wanted to give the city an international flare and in
order to do that, he had to take somebody new york city already had. he made not one, not two, but four trips east, trying to erg them out west. convinceing them was hard work. >> you tell me what you want and i will do the best i can, and this is about 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. i had a few drinks too and i was trying to keep up with horace, which is a difficult thing to do. >> reporter: christopher plenched 12,000 parking spaces at a place called candlestick point and that was good enough for horace stoner. when the giants brought major league to san francisco, the city of san francisco opened its aprs and said welcome way parade down montgomery street. however, the gyns did not come to california looking solely
for love. >> at a meeting of our board today, we voted for us to transfer the new york giant trampize to san francisco. >> reporter: horace stoner was seeking greener pastures and would seem them here in a friendly, new environment. san francisco already had a ballpark and by all accounts it was a beauty. the home to the pacific coast league seals was a gem 15th and bryant streets it would host the giants for their first seasons in the city. it was not big enough for the giants who ironically would never average that until 1987, 28 seasons after they came west. and so it was in 1960, major league baseball came to candlestick point. mayor christopher kept his promise of a big league team and vice president nixon
declared candlestick the "finest baseball park in america." it was described as a simpony of concrete and steel. but as morning drifted into afternoon, the only simpony was a howl of wind and a dirge of voices against the cold. the giant's first world series in 1962 was swamped by rain and delayed for three days. rain or no rain, the dream of a world championship when mccovey's laser line drive found the glove of bobby richardson. the incompareatial willie mays hit more homeruns than on the road. mccovey, found the park personally satisfying, but ultimately confounding. >> there were some nights that we wondered why these people were there. we knew we had to be there. [ laughter ] but that was nice. we used to say boy, these people have to be crazy to show
up today for better or worse, this is where baseball was played in san francisco. curveballs would bite and break in the foggy night air and homeruns sometimes died in the wind. this was home to more victories than losses. this place where statistics blurred into memories, this place where players passed on to fans the torch of bake's mystique. this candlestick, this home to america's pastime, this place that will not soon be forgotten. a look at two governors named brown. pat brown and a bit later, the two terms of his son, jerry, nearly 20 years later.
year that they moved here from new york. and like 2010, 1958 was also a big share in politics. it was the year that jerry brown's father, pat brown, won his first term california governor. in 1966 he would lose the election to ronald reagan, but became a political dynasty. when pat brown died in 1996, we had this look back at his life. >> i believe pat brown is the greatest governor we ever had ever will. >> reporter: they don't make too many families like pat brown's. he was the patriarch of this state's dominant political family. son jerry, like his father,
served two terms as governor of california. >> my father is much more than a person, but an attitude of generosity. >> reporter: daughter kathleen served as state treasurer and an election to pete wilson. pat bruin put his personal stamp on the golden state long before his children entered the political arena. the san francisco native started his career as the city's district attorney and finally in 1958 he was elected governor. during his eight-year tenure he led the most ambitious public works program in the nation, constructioning more that on 1000 miles of freeway, 11 university campuses, and the california water project. a controversial network of
reservoirs and aqueducts. >> his legacy you can see everyday when you drive the freeways and when you accepted your kids off to school. when you drink a glass of water. >> reporter: when pat brown reminisced about his time as governor, he spoke openly about politics and liz way of getting things done. >> a little arm-twisting and offering of things to legislators to get it on the ballot. a love the things that i don't want to confess, even in this late day, because i'm not sure the statute of limitation as run. he was joking then, but colleagues say he always spoke candidly and he will be remembered as the career who touched the paths of the two of the century's best-known republican os. in 1962 brown triumphed over richard nixon to win re- election as governor. was then that nixon made his now famous concession speech. >> you don't have nixon to
kick around anymore. >> reporter: four years later pat brown would see his own political career end defeated by ronald reagan. >> i don't think anything significant has been done by any governor since pat brown. can't point to any major thing. we have been coasting on his achievements ever since he left and we will for many, many years to come. >> reporter: pat brown is survived by his wife, bernice, his children and several grandchildren. in 1992 the california legislature honored pat brown. and remarkably there are many of the same issues facing government today. here is the report that ktvu's betty ann bruno prepared in march of 1992. >> reporter: at the satellite capitol hill in a joint session of the legislature, california lawmakers celebrated one of the
state's most beloved democrats, edwin g. pat brown. [ applause ] attorney general in the '50s and governor in the '60s, pat brown presided over a relatively happy time in democratic party history. democratic governor pete wilson introduced governor pat and pat suggested that they shared some of the same problems. >> i had an awful time, even my democratic fellow legislators when i was governor. you don't have that difficulty, do you governor? [ laughter ] >> reporter: after a brave speech to the legislature, old friends stated their former leader at lunch. brown's daughter, state treasurer kathleen brown introduced him and his son is campaigning for president. a display of campaign artifacts reminded people that the more things change the more they
stay the same. look at this banner from 1966. medicare was the issue and brown says yes, ronald reagan, no. in 1992, healthcare again is a major issue. in 1960, pat brown signed cank's master plan for higher education. in 1992, education is again a major issue. in the '60s pat brown initiated the california water project. >> i knew very well that we had to have water. you recognize the need for it with the growth of the state. >> reporter: in 1992, the water issue still splits california, north and south. in 1982 sacramento democratics watched the nation's presidential primaries looking for hints of a democratic victory in november. >> i think they have a very strong chance. i don't know who the nominee will be and they are likely to hurt themselves in the competition, but i think some of our companies are outstanding people and i think we could win.
if we can carry california, the next president will be a democratic. >> reporter: and pat brown was right. his son jerry would lose the california primary to the governor of arkansas, bill clinton and clinton would of course go on to win the presidential election in november of that year. when we come back on "a second look," jerry brown winds a second term and we shift from jerry brown the governor to jerry brown the sound bite machine.
. with this week's election results now in, jerry brown is heading back to the governor's office in sacramento. it's a job that he left back in 1983 at the end of two terms. on election night 1978, ktvu's kirby perkins looked ahow brown came to win his second term. >> reporter: governor jerry brown, lt. governor mike curb taking together, what does the election of these three candidates add up to?
in a word, conservatism law-and- order were the words. >> thiss is a victory for the victims and the potential victims of crimes in californiament [ applause ] . >> reporter: there is no qui that he lost because he was able to portray her as soft oncip. as the author the state's death penalty law he sold himself as the strong law enforcement candidate. >> i see government in the next four years as leaner, as more austere, as more disciplined and i see each of us as relying more on ourselves, cooperating with our neighbor and with our neighbor's neighbor, and really
responding to that spirit of frugality. >> reporter: right after the dramatic triumph of proposition 13 in june. never has a candidate originally elected with a liberal image so successfully changed his image while in office. brown made tax cutting and government-cutting his issues and largely because of that, he was able to keep his job. >> . there are other indications of its conservative flavor ever this election, but probably the most important occurred in the state assembly. for the first time in ten years, they won seven seats from the democrats. that means that the democrats no longer have a two-thirds major in the lower ohouse and that means that legislation that makes its way into law in the next few years will probably be in two words less liberal. >> when jerry brown officially decided to run for governor in march of this year, we sat down with ktvu's editor randy shandobil to talk about
his decision. >> reporter: a former coverage secretary of state, two-term governor and mayor of oakland and now attorney general. jerry brown has lots of achievements and according to his critics, lots of baggage too. >> it can be frustrating. is they emblematic of someone who want part of the state game. i proposed satellite and if we had it today it would have saved us millions of dollars and be helpful in emergency communications during earthquakes or fire. secondly, i was also in the cutting-edge. california led the world in electricity generated from wind power and we had a major thrust towards solar energy 30 years ago. >> reporter: so when they say "governor moon beam," you say
what? ahead of your time. >> i would say i with a ahead of my time. i did the unusual, i lived in an apartment and yes, i took linda ronstadt to africa and maybe that was a mistake. >> reporter: why was that a mistake? >> it isn't what is needed in a presidential campaign. let's put it that way. >> reporter: people back then felt you were very smart, up on things, but you had a short attention span, they say. you were flighty and darted around and ran for president. >> that was a dumb move. >> reporter: so you have been an officer-holder in california, i think, what 41 years? >> i did other things. not om did i go to africa with linda ronstadt, but i want to india and worked with mother teresa and studied zen for six months.
it's healthy for egotistical politicians to regflet on that. it's an important exercise. >> reporter: you will admit when people use the term "career politician," people like you bubble to the surface? >> think it's more characteristic of me than perhaps my opens. we remained brown when he was first running for attorney general in 2006, he told us that that would be it for him. let's listen to that tape. >> i'm not trying to get to the next office, because i have been in these offices. i will be the first candidate for attorney general to seek that job without my eye on the governor's office. i'm not running for governor. that is clear. i have been there and done that. >> reporter: you have been there and done that. what has changed? >> that is true, if i can make my explanation. >> reporter: he told us as lawyer to the governor, he watched and thought, he could fix some of the governor's
problems. >> and i began to think maybe i should jump back in. i took a long time. i didn't rush this thing, but now i can tell you i'm looking fore to it with great enthusiasm and that is a different state of mind when you interviewed me. i don't mind adapting. species that can't adapt go extinct. >> reporter: so again, back when you said you weren't going to run for governor, you mentioned your age, 71 years old. >> i feel in good shape. i have slimmed down. i go to the local gym here and i run the hills of oakland, and i am gearing up and i'm ready to go. >> reporter: and he says he is ready to run throughout the state. when we come back on sc, remembering jerry brown's last term as governor through his sound bites.
terms as california governor from 1975 to 1983 and was op his way out of office when ktvu's bob mckensie had this look back not at brown the governor, but at brown the sound bite. >> reporter: whatever else he may have been, jerry brown has always been good cop. issues epic body with the medfly and african safari with linda rent stat and his refusal to use a limousine and his dingy apartment over and governor brown has been a reporter's delight and a frequent savior of a slow newsday. the public may be through with jerry brown for a while, but we in the news media are going to miss him. in memory of jerry brown we have put together choice excerpts from brown interviews over the last years. >> what about the marriage rumor? >> that was generated
somewhere while i was in flight to new york. >> people think they will build more nuclear plants do not understand the intensity of feeling of those who oppose it. even with ones coming online, i have no doubt that those not well through the process will never get built and i will take any bet that anyone wants to make that will be the case, no matter who you make president. >> i bet you are are wrong. >> i will will hold the moneyment. [ laughter ] >> to set loose the helicopters, spraying 500,000 people in santa clara county, i don't want to do that. that is the beauty, you have just lost the u.s. senate and you are already asking me about another office that i failed in in two attempts. [ laughter ] so there is some myth here that is being built that i don't quite understand, but i'm glad to foster. i would like to own the news media. [ laughter ] [ applause ]
>> reporter: lloyd mckuester was working tuesday night and brought back this t-shirt, the senator brown t-shirt was selling for about $10 early on election night. by 7:30 the price had gone down to $7 and when lloyd left it was running $5 about midnight and probably could have picked one up at a distress sale for $1.50. never, we're going to keep this t-shirt. we have the feeling we haven't seen the last of jerry brown. the price could go up to $10 and lloyd could turn a nice profit. in the mime, jerry, wherever you are, good luck and we'll miss you. i'm bob mackenzie. >> $0.75, it's yours. >> i would take it. i think it may be worth more. that may be the only time you see senator brown. >> that is it for this week's "a second look." i'm frank somerville. thanks for joining us and we'll see you again next week