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Gov. Jerry Brown's post-Super Bowl TV appearance: Atop Bay Bridge

February 3, 2013 |  1:56 pm

The slot after the Super Bowl has been used to launch major network television shows as "The Wonder Years" and "The A-Team." This year's postgame in San Francisco will go to, among others, Gov. Jerry Brown.

The governor will join KPIX-TV's  live prime-time special, “A Super Night on the New Bay Bridge” from high above the San Francisco Bay on Sunday night, where he will launch an official 200-day countdown until the opening of the new span of the bridge after the big game.

According to a press release from the Bay Area television station, the show "will feature live postgame Super Bowl coverage from the Superdome" and will be anchored by some of the local CBS affiliate's on-air talent. "The prime-time special will also present new information about the plan to close the Bay Bridge for five days, when it will reopen, and the activities being considered to celebrate its completion."

The new span is scheduled to open Sept. 2.

The event fits the image of "Brown the builder" that the governor has cultivated throughout his first term. While overseeing the opening of the bridge this fall, Brown is also calling for major public works investments in water and high-speed rail. 
Earlier this year, the state Dept. of Transportation agreed to pay a public relations company to promote the bridge. The governor canceled the contract, saying he knew nothing about it until it was brought to his attention by the Sacramento Bee.


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