The California Legislative Jewish Caucus Comments on Governor Brown’s May Revise

Friday, May 11, 2018

(Sacramento) – The California Legislative Jewish Caucus on Monday commended Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. for including in his final budget proposal funds to maintain and restore the landmark Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.   

The Governor released his May Revise in the State Capitol Monday, updating his January proposal with revenue totals from the income tax season.

The proposal included a $10 million, one-time appropriation toward a planned $20-million refurbishment of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. The museum opened in 1993 and has welcomed more than 7 million visitors.  

“Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal will help Californians understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination that exist today,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County, Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. “His recognition of troubling anti-Semitic trends and the importance of addressing them shows true thoughtfulness and leadership in combating the prejudiced climate we face today. I commend the Governor for recognizing the need to fight these issues head-on and educate Californians on this crucial history so that it may not repeat itself.”

Rabbi Meyer H. May, executive director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance, said, “This extraordinary example of private/government partnership is what is right in California, and will be validated by the monumental impact the museum will have on its millions of future visitors."