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For California governors, the roller-coaster ride is routine
For California governors, the roller-coaster ride is routine

Two former governors sat before a crowd of civic leaders last week, a serene 51 floors above the lunch-hour cacophony of Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles. Pete Wilson and Gray Davis were doing what politicians do, debating the fine points of policy. Hundreds of miles north, in Sacramento, the man who both preceded and followed the duo as governor was hip-deep in the drought. The following day, Jerry Brown would defend his plan to cut water use by 25%, declaring it "attainable." The men in the chairs at the Town Hall Los Angeles gathering had the luxury of critiquing Brown, and both suggested he was doing what he had to do and doing it well, though from that point they...

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