Ramos announced his backing - and that of the California District Attorneys Association - of the initiative during a State of the District Attorney event at the DoubleTree Hotel.
The governor's initiative calls for temporary tax increases, including a tax boost on the state's high-income earners. Estimates indicate it would raise nearly $7 billion in its first year to address concerns in education and public safety.
"We have a measure that's on the ballot in November that will protect the funding that used to go to the state, and it's now going to the local jurisdictions," Brown said.
Among other goals, Brown's initiative will provide dollars to maintain funding for state prison realignment efforts, which include the statewide transfer of thousands of low-level inmates to county jail facilities.
"Without the funding, it's going to be a nightmare. It's going to be really tough," Ramos said.
County jails have already had to release some inmates to make room for new ones.
In calling for the initiative, Ramos said: "We need to get boots on the ground, of police officers and sheriff's deputies, and to get some bed space."
In San Bernardino County, authorities estimate between 5,500 and 6,500 parolees will return to the county over the next three years, Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray said in October.
Brown said funding raised by the initiative - a specific piece of the vehicle license fee and a piece of the income tax - would return to local jurisdictions.
San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops said Thursday at the event that he and the state sheriff's association support Brown's initiative to fund realignment efforts.
"It's here, and we're doing the best we can with it," Hoops said.
About 300 people attended Ramos' campaign function - complete with a jazz band and red, white and blue balloons. Among attendees who reserved tables at the event were Safety Employee Benefits Association, Prime Healthcare, Mitsubishi Cement and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Ramos touched on a number of accomplishments of his time as district attorney, such as leading California in state prison commitments, securing gang injunctions in troubled neighborhoods and increasing efforts to address human trafficking, real estate fraud and keeping kids in school.
Ramos is his third term as district attorney, and he's up for re-election in 2014. Ramos reiterated that he has no intention of leaving his post right now to run for higher office.
"I commit to the citizens of San Bernardino County that I will serve this full term as your district attorney," Ramos said. "We're going to continue to hold people responsible who break the law, and we're going to continue to make this a safe place."
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