Brown’s blind spot

Gov. Brown mentioned state water and the peripheral tunnels in his State of the State address but he left something out — us.

Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis nailed it: “Today, he mentioned everyone in the state who relies upon water passing through the Delta, except for the Delta itself and the people of the greater Delta region.”

Assembly member Susan Eggman D-Stockton expanded: “The governor’s description of farming’s water needs includes everyone but the farmers in the heart of the San Joaquin Delta. A plan that doesn’t recognize and protect the needs of the people who actually live and work in the Delta, that threatens its environmental health and the survival of its native species, is not a sound plan for San Joaquin County, or California.”

I hate to say it, but Brown doesn’t care about the Delta region. We do not appear on the political radar through which he views the world. I fear his true feelings are worse than apathy. This region may stand in the way of his hunger for legacy. To him we’re just clay, to be molded into something great for the benefit of other Californians.

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