In 2009, the state impounded the cars of six unlicensed drivers for every drunken driver. It very well could be that the state has six illegal immigrants driving for every drunken driver, but the stats also may indicate what Republican Assemblyman Chris Norby called "bounty hunting cops" -- eager to part owners from their cars.
"As a property-rights Republican," Norby told me, "I want to strike a balance."
Republican bigfoot Jon Fleischman said the measure "hits the sweet spot between a traditional conservative and a traditional libertarian."
On a more partisan front, Democratic leaders put Brown in a sticky corner when they jammed through a bill to limit initiatives to the November ballot only. The bill would be helpful to labor and Dems. But how could Brown sign it after spending his first months on the job arguing in favor of a budget/tax extension deal that he wanted to put before voters in a June special election?
Brown's new mantra would have to be: Let the voters decide -- but only when I say so.