An annual environmental summit at Lake Tahoe on Tuesday gave Gov.
"It's pretty extraordinary," he said while discussing the negotiations that led to near-unanimous, bipartisan approval of the $7.5-billion proposal, which will be placed on the November ballot. "You have to have people of different points of view see the common ground."
Brown said the state's ongoing drought helped prod lawmakers into action as well.
"A drought gets people's attention," he said.
The governor is seeking reelection this year, and he's often portrayed himself as a successful broker when it comes to negotiating with Democrats and
"Many people thought he could never bring the Legislature together," she said. "But he did."
Brown and Feinstein were among the political leaders from California and Nevada at the annual event, which focuses on challenges facing the Lake Tahoe region, including drought and wildfire. Nevada Gov.
Brown is far ahead of his Republican opponent, former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari, in polls and fundraising. Nonetheless, he said "I don't take it for granted all" when Feinstein raised the subject of his reelection.
The governor has agreed to debate Kashkari on Sept. 4 in an event sponsored by KQED, the Los Angeles Times,