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Skelton: California water bond needs to be boiled down

December 10, 2012 |  7:00 am

George Skelton says that the issue of California's $11.1-billion water bond has largely fallen by the wayside

SkeltonBack in July, Gov. Jerry Brown promised he would tackle the perennial issue of California's water supplies.

"I'm going to get this done," he said. "All right? We are not going to sit here and twiddle our thumbs and stare at our navel."

However, George Skelton says in his Monday column that the issue has largely fallen by the wayside. Brown spent much of the summer and the fall promoting his tax-hike plan, Proposition 30. His primary focus since taking office has been balancing the state's budget.

Brown needs to figure out what to do with a $11.1-billion bond for improving water infrastructure, which still needs to be put on the ballot for a vote.

The problem, Skelton says, is trimming all the pork out of the bond, which has become laden with pet projects. He says state officials need to find a way to trim it down to only the crucial projects before putting it to a vote.

All of Skelton's columns are here.

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Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown works in the courtyard outside his Capitol office. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

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