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Jerry Brown's latest water woes

Jerry Brown's latest water woes

California Gov. Jerry Brown has reason to appreciate the saying that what goes around, comes around. Some 38 years after coping with a massive drought in the Golden State in his first governorship, he's beleaguered again by the same natural disaster.

Characteristically, the 76-year-old one-time wunderkind has made another hard choice in ordering a 25 percent mandatory cutback in water use in the state famed for green lawns, golf courses and the outdoor leisure life. It comes only a year after his having called for a voluntary 20 percent cut that failed...