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Prop 1: What would the water bond mean for California's water?




Gov. Jerry Brown holds up the measure he signed to  place a $7.5 billion water plan on the November ballot, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.  The measure replaces an existing water bond that was approved by a previous Legislature but was widely considered to costly and unlikely to be approved by voters. The water plan was approved by lawmakers earlier in the day after weeks of negotiations between Brown and legislative leaders.  Also seen are Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, left,and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, right. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Gov. Jerry Brown holds up the measure he signed to place a $7.5 billion water plan on the November ballot, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. The measure replaces an existing water bond that was approved by a previous Legislature but was widely considered to costly and unlikely to be approved by voters. The water plan was approved by lawmakers earlier in the day after weeks of negotiations between Brown and legislative leaders. Also seen are Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, left,and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, right. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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California Governor Jerry Brown is kicking off his week with an environmental policy meeting at Stanford University.

They'll be talking about water - and what to do about the future of the state's water is something the governor has spent more of his political attention on this fall than his own re-election campaign.

He's been campaigning for a $7.5 billion water bond called Proposition 1 on the ballot next month.

"I've been around long enough to know the pendulum always swings in California, between wet years and drought, between booms and busts. And when it’s bad, people get hurt. Not enough water to grow crops. Deep cuts in vital services," the governor says, in a recently released ad, where he goes on to say that Proposition 1 will help "even out the boom and the bust."

Southern California Public Radio's Molly Peterson helps explain what this proposition is all about.

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