Gov. Jerry Brown moved the governor's press office
into the inner
sanctum of the Capitol today, far closer in distance
and access than the former
location but not as close as it was during his first
two terms as governor.
The office, which had been located just north of the
corridors intersection in the Capitol annex, was shifted
Tuesday into the
warren of offices staffed by Brown’s top aides.
The new office occupies the empty,
four-room suite that had been used by Maria Shriver, former
Schwarzenegger’s wife. The new office, spacious by Capitol standards,
roughly twice the size of the former press suite and
located at the southwest
corner of the Horseshoe.
The shift reflects Brown’s volatile relationship with reporters:
He wants to keep an eye on them and personally complain
if he thinks they’ve been inaccurate. The new office has a bank of television
screens, desks for communications
aides and – another rarity in the Capitol’s deep interior -- windows. Shriver’s
decorations, including a Minerva mural, are gone.
Currently, there are three press staffers in the office,
are expected as interns are brought in. Brown’s top spokesman, press secretary Gil
Duran, is expected to arrive early next month.
The press office was located in the Horseshoe during
stint as governor, but entrance was closer to Brown’s personal offices and the
internal meeting room of the Cabinet.
But a successor to Brown, Republican Pete Wilson, moved
operation to an outer corridor. Around the corner from
the earlier press office is
Room 1190, where press conferences are held. Brown, who unveiled
his state budget proposal in 1190 last week, will continue to use the room for news
conferences and briefings.