Jerry Brown was California’s youngest governor when he was first elected in the 1970s. Now back in the statehouse at age 74, he’s California’s oldest. Apparently he isn’t afraid to admit that, at his age, he can’t dilly-dally around anymore.
At a press conference in Sacramento today to announce plans to build two massive, 40-mile-long underground tunnels that would ship water to thirsty Southern Californians, Brown was asked by a reporter why he was moving forward with the project even though all the scientific and environmental analysis hasn’t yet been completed.
When Brown, a Democrat, was governor before, he got the Legislature at the time to put a ballot measure before voters asking for permission to build a canal for the same purpose. Voters in 1982 said no.
“Analysis paralysis is not why I came back 30 years later to handle some of the same issues,” Brown said. “At this stage in my life, as I see many of my friends dying — I just went to the funeral of my best friend a couple of weeks ago — I want to get s— done.”