Gov. Brown was a political wheeler-dealer and a canny deal-cutter who understood that compromise was at the heart of politics, but he was also a big-picture thinker able to articulate a broader vision for California. Like his father, Gov. Edmund Brown Sr., who built the University of California system and the state water project, Jerry Brown fought for a bullet train many others couldn’t imagine (and many still can’t), for the multi-billion-dollar Delta tunnels, and for laws that put California at the forefront of the war against climate change, ahead of most nations. He saw California as a promised land, capable of anything, progressive in the best sense of the word.
Source: latimes.com – Los Angeles Times