Jerry Brown

The false choice between fixing roads and fixing the climate

To the editor: George Skelton would like Gov. Jerry Brown to bring his focus down from the “lofty” issue of climate change and get us working to improve our awful roads. But we absolutely must plan for the future even as we maintain our current way of life. ("California can't stop global warming alone, but it can fix its highways," July 22) Climate change brings with it many challenges, not least of which are the costs of infrastructure. Newport Beach, for example, is currently looking at the need to raise the height of sea walls that protect Balboa Island in the face of rising sea levels. Such costs will increase dramatically if we do not address the basic...