Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 – 12:00 am

Humorist Garrison Keillor closes his radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” with these words:

“Well, that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

The “Lake Wobegon Effect” has come to mean any inflated – and unrealistic – viewpoint. And it could be applied to a document that’s recently emerged from Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research about how the state will – or at least should – evolve in the next several decades.

“As a guiding light for this document, we see a vibrant state with a robust economy that functions in harmony with the environment and provides a high quality of life for all Californians,” the draft of an “environmental goals and policies report” declares.

It continues that the state’s future “will be built around” a number of key goals, including “a strong economy” that “provides opportunities for all Californians, attracts investment to the state, and is fueled by a skilled workforce and the state’s world-class education system.”

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