Viewpoints: How would Pat Brown lead a state renaissance?

Rick Jacobsbyline‚ Dec. 10‚ 2012

Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown led California in the time of plenty, when interstate highways wrapped the state in concrete ribbons extending the California dream to housing developments in far-flung places like Rancho Cucamonga and Irvine. His master plan for higher education built on the immediate postwar boom that would see UC Berkeley and UCLA, among others, stockpiling Nobel laureates even before departments existed for them. And he solved, for a time, the age-old question of how to feed the nation from California's farms, while delivering on the California New Deal of two cars in every garage and a swimming pool in every backyard.