Thursday, April 2, 2015
Shifting the Focus
Not only does the drought - and the governor's decree on a 25% water cutback* - have the potential to divert public attention from governor-vs.-UC, it may also divert the governor's attention. Water cutbacks will affect everyone in the state, unlike UC tuition. The above-mentioned electricity crisis was one of the elements (along with the state budget) that led to the recall of Gray Davis. Lesson: Political developments that annoy the public are not good for politicians. (Google "medfly and Jerry Brown" for such an episode during Brown's first iteration as governor.)
A shift in focus to water is likely to be a Good Thing for resolving the UC problem.
And if you don't think there will be controversy, take a look at:
New California Water Reductions Don't Apply to Farmers
How bad is it?
You could die!