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Joan Buchanan

School bonds used to be as controversial as mom and apple pie. Not anymore under Gov. Jerry Brown

School bonds used to be as controversial as mom and apple pie. Not anymore under Gov. Jerry Brown

It’s a sign of our contentious times and California’s contrarian governor that people are even bickering over routine state school construction bonds.

Selling state bonds to help local districts build new schools and modernize old ones used to be about as controversial as motherhood and apple pie. No longer.

Practically everything these days seems politically divisive.

Proposition 51 on the November state ballot is a low-profile issue for most voters, one of those wonky eye glazers. But behind the scenes the ballot initiative has stirred turmoil, mainly because of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown is bothered by the whole state school bond system. He thinks...

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