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Skelton: Gov. Jerry Brown confronts his family's legacy

July 30, 2012 |  7:14 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown's water plan is family legacy as well as policy.
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Much more than water is riding on Gov. Jerry Brown's plan for a massive tunnel under California's Delta.

It's about his family's legacy, writes George Skelton in his Monday column.

Brown's father, Pat Brown, pursued an ambitious water project when he was governor in the 1960s.

So the younger Brown tried a similar proposal during his first tour of duty in the governor's office three decades ago. That was blocked by wealthy farmers and environmentalists.

Brown's second go-round as governor is now giving him another opportunity to advance the project.

All of Skelton's columns are here.


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Photo: Flanked by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, and California Resources Secretary John Laird, left, Gov. Jerry Brown announces plans to build a giant twin tunnel system to move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press