03/05/2024

Brown’s two key sentences

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown spoke only two sentences about streamlining environmental regulations in his State of the State address. But they inspired reformers to cheer.

Could have fooled me. I was ready to pounce on him last week for scanty treatment, for kissing off the subject with only a brief reference, a throwaway line.

But I’d have been wrong, say some experts, people who specialize in semantics and nuances.

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