Editorial from The Sacramento Bee

Without a doubt, California’s first Gov. Brown had big ambitions. He wanted to re-plumb the state, and to do that, he needed to build a massive dam on the mighty Feather River.

Toward that end, Pat Brown did what politicians do: He spun a story, replete with big promises and some exaggerations.

In a historical account of the dam’s construction, The Sacramento Bee’s Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler and Christopher Cadelago wrote that the father of our current Gov. Jerry Brown “brought an almost evangelical zeal to erecting the structure that would hold back the Feather River to deliver water to the parched southern half of the state.”

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