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1. Jerry Brown apparently has rediscovered his once frugal self, as reporters and pundits are going gaga over his decision to fly coach by himself late last week on Southwest. The governor also has received oodles of praise for curtailing state-employee cell phones and automobiles. It’s all reminiscent of Brown’s first two terms as governor when he shacked up in an unfurnished apartment and drove around Sacramento in a Plymouth. But for Oaklanders, it raises the obvious question: where was Mr. Cheap when he was mayor? Sure, he refused to accept pay raises while in Oakland, but for much of his time here, he also wouldn’t go anywhere without his highly paid, taxpayer-supported, bodyguard/confidante/womanizer, Jacques Barzaghi.