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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Jerry Brown Inauguration -- Top-10 Signs of 'Austerity'

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 7:55 AM

click to enlarge Gov. Jerry Brown served up some cold words to go along with the hot dogs
  • Gov. Jerry Brown served up some cold words to go along with the hot dogs

Gov. Jerry Brown was yesterday inaugurated in a brief ceremony described as no-frills, Spartan, and, an iteration of the Merriam-Webster word of the past year, "austere."

What were some signs of austerity at Brown's swearing-in?

  • Everyone asked to put away their own seats at the end of the ceremony

  • Hat passed to cover the cost of hot dogs, massive budget deficit

  • Attendees gained entry to the inauguration for free. Everyone was charged $40 to leave.

  • Audience asked to clap if they believed in fiscal solvency

  • Brown announces, in a cost-saving move, he will now be clothed by Aramark

  • Event heated by burning garbage cans

  • Articles of clothing left in coat check impounded

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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