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 main 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 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife. The new office, spacious by Capitol standards, is 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, but more 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 Brown’s first 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 the press 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.