Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 – 12:00 am

It’s not that California politicians haven’t talked about the state’s uncertain water supply.

They have – constantly, for decades.

It’s that they haven’t done much but talk.

California is beset by the worst drought in its recorded history, and its politicians, from its governor and U.S. senators down, are publicly wringing their hands about its effects and doing what they can, which is precious little, to mitigate them.

“Governors can’t make it rain,” Gov. Jerry Brown said recently. And that’s true. But California’s politicians could have learned from past droughts, including a very severe one during Brown’s first governorship, and acted decisively.

However, they didn’t. The state hasn’t truly addressed its water needs since Brown’s father, Pat Brown, was governor more than a half-century ago.

California enhanced its water supply in the 20th century because Californians had a fairly homogeneous view of how the state should evolve.

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