Jerry Brown: Affluent Families 'Not Producing' Children

By Penny Starr | August 11, 2014 | 12:46 PM EDT

California Gov. Jerry Brown (AP photo)

( – Giving what was dubbed the “California Welcome,” Gov. Jerry Brown told attendees at the 31st Annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Conference in June that affluent families seemed to not be “producing” children in the state.

“I don't know what the affluent families are doing,” Brown said. “They're not producing or something, because half the kids in schools are from low-income families.”

At the conference, held in San Diego, Calif., in late June, Brown said California had addressed the fact that millions of children in the state’s school do not speak English.

“You have to do more to be able to create that opportunity and that pathway for those families that are not having that same skill of speaking English as others,” Brown said.

“In California, out of six million students, two million are designated English-language learners, and that means extra money for that school, as well as for low-income families, and that’s about half the students in California,” Brown said.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Brown said. “I don't know what the affluent families are doing.

“They're not producing or something, because half the kids in schools are from low-income families,” Brown said.

Brown also spoke about immigration and “brown power.”

“Yeah, there’s a border, but there’s something bigger,” Brown said.

“And that is the human family,” said Brown, adding that California works with other countries on issues ranging from trade to climate change.

After giving a jumbled history of Spanish and Mexican occupation in California before statehood, Brown said power always shifts, including in the United States.

“The point is, you never keep control forever,” Brown said. “There’s always new waves coming.

“So you’ve got to stay ahead of the wave,” he added. “That’s what we call brown power.”

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