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Two droughts, same governor

Two droughts, same governor

March 7, 1977: Gov. Jerry Brown listens to question put by woman in aisle during Drought Conference at Los Angeles Convention Center.

In a March 8, 1977 article, staff writer W.B. Rood reported:

With Southern Californians wondering whether he will eventually favor rationing of their water, Gov. Brown Monday stepped up his appeal for voluntary conversation at the opening of a two-day drought conference here.

“The time to save is now,” said the governor, noting that the Southland already is depleting its underground basins to compensate for a shortage of local reservoir supplies and Northern California water …

The photo above, by retired staff photographer Art Rogers accompanied Rood’s story in the March 8, 1977 Los Angeles Times.

Jan. 17, 2014: Gov. Jerry Brown holds up a chart showing the statewide annual average precipitation as he declares a drought state of emergency in San Francisco. Brown was also governor during the 1976-77 drought, the second-lowest point in his chart. Credit: Jeff Chiu/Associated Press.

In a Jan. 17, 2014 story, Los Angeles Times reporter Anthony York wrote:

SAN FRANCISCO — Amid California’s driest year on record, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday officially declared a drought emergency in the state.

Speaking at a San Francisco news conference, Brown also called on “all citizens” to cut back “at least 20% of their water use.” He was flanked by charts and photos showing the state’s anemic precipitation and snowpack …

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